SPORTS STORY >> Alleged killer squandered unique talent

By RAY BENTON  Leader sports editor News of the arrest of Jeffrey Leroy Clifton for the murder of his 2-year-old son Malik Drummond has spread around the state and nation since Wednesday. What hasn’t seemed to come to light is that Jeff Clifton was once a household name among Arkansas sports fans, and a bigger-than-life character for high school rivals […]

SPORTS STORY >> Panthers win big at swim meet

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Cabot boys’ and girls’ swim teams each won their second meet of the season Thursday, beating out seven other schools to win the Cabot Classic at Veterans’ Memorial Park in Cabot. The Lady Panthers won by more than 300 points, scoring 683 to second-place Jonesboro’s 366. Pocahontas, a first-year team, finished third with […]

SPORTS STORY >> Devils fall to West Memphis

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Jacksonville boys’ basketball team lost for the first time this season on Tuesday. The Red Devils gave the return match to West Memphis and lost 60-54 after leading most of the game. Jacksonville beat West Memphis 67-61 at JHS on Nov. 13, but couldn’t repeat the effort on the road. Jacksonville coach Vic […]

SPORTS STORY >> LHS girls breeze to finals at CSJHS

By GRAHAM POWELL  Leader sportswriter CONWAY – The Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits picked up their third win of the week Thursday night in the semifinals of the annual St. Joseph Classic, as they made easy work of Perryville, beating the Lady Mustangs 51-24 to advance to today’s championship game against England. The Lonoke girls also got an easy win over Shirley […]

SPORTS STORY >> Lonoke survives Daredevils

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter CONWAY – Lonoke won its second game of the round-robin style St. Joseph Class on Thursday, but it didn’t come easy. The Jackrabbits entered the fourth quarter tied with recent Class 1A powerhouse Wonderview, but Lonoke took the lead for good 58 seconds into the final quarter, and ended up winning 53-48. The game was […]

EDITORIAL >> School plan impressive

The Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District officials know that a new high school will have to make a strong statement architecturally, as well as academically, in order to make the city’s school system first rate. Difficulties are sure to arise, but, if the school board remains focused, as they appeared to be in a Tuesday night meeting, all challenges can be […]

TOP STORY >> House returns $500 oil contribution

By GARRICK FELDMAN Leader executive editor Rep. Doug House (R-North Little Rock) has returned $500 from the ExxonMobil Political Action Committee, citing the Mayflower oil spill caused by the oil company’s Pegasus pipeline in 2013. House said property values have plummeted and the Mayflower School District and the city have lost tax revenues because of the oil spill. “I regret […]

TOP STORY >> ASU-Beebe hires Fisher as chancellor

Arkansas State University-Beebe has hired a new chancellor who will take the reins in January. Karla Fisher, who has been vice president of academics at Butler Community College in Kansas since 2010, will succeed Eugene McKay, who is retiring after working almost 50 years at ASU-Beebe, including the past 21 years as its chancellor. Fisher has a Ph.D. in educational […]