SPORT STORY >> Henderson’s Gold is Leader’s top 2015 story

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter Another year has passed and what a year 2015 was for sports in The Leader coverage area. Championships were won and lost, and records were broken on both the local and national level. Track and field was the sport that saw the most accomplishments for our local athletes, but the accomplishments this year came in […]

SPORT STORY >> JHS girls win two at home in Classic

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Lady Red Devils added two wins to their ledger in the first week of the Christmas break and final games before conference play begins Jan. 5. The Jacksonville girls defeated Clarendon 68-64 on Monday in their opening game of the McDonald’s Red Devil Classic. On Tuesday, they hammered Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School 83-12 […]

SPORT STORY >> Lighthouse avenges its loss to NP

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Jacksonville Lighthouse Wolves avenged an earlier loss and got some hometown solace on Tuesday, beating North Pulaski 73-54 in their second game of the McDonald’s Red Devil Classic at Jacksonville High School on Tuesday. Lighthouse jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead in the first half of the first quarter, and led 14-4 […]

SPORTY STORY >> Devils win first game with JLC

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The first-ever varsity boys’ regular-season basketball game between Jacksonville High and Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School was much more of a barnburner than the 72-62 score in favor of JHS might indicate. The Class 1A Wolves gave the 5A Red Devils all it could handle for three-and-a-half quarters Monday in the first day of the […]

TOP STORY >> Gwatney donates $15,000

By JEFFREY SMITH Leader staff writer Gwatney Chevrolet in Jacksonville helped the Boys and Girls Club of Jacksonville with a $15,000 donation on Tuesday. The Boys and Girls Club was also presented with a $100 check from Mark Perry with Modern Woodmen of America for being selected as a Hometown Hero by the company. The donations are especially timely, as […]

TOP STORY >> Looking back on 2015

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of four articles that takes a quarterly look back at The Leader’s front page headlines from 2015. Formation of the new school district topped the headlines during the second quarter of the year, along with the state’s report card on individual schools and districts. Funding, both positive and negative, for LRAFB […]

TOP STORY >> Farmers’ pal retires after long career

Jeff Welch is standing by Don L. Kitler’s zero-grade rice field adjacent to the Lonoke County Extension Service on Hwy. 70. The rice has been harvested and Kitler hasn’t released the recent rainwater on the field.  By JOHN HOFHEIMER Leader senior staff writer He grew up in Havana (Yell County), and his family had a farm nearby, but Jeff Welch […]

EDITORIAL >> Body cameras for our police

State Sen. Linda Chesterfield (D-Little Rock) presented a $5,000 check to the Jacksonville Police Department at a recent city council meeting. The JPD will use the money from the state General Improvement Funds to purchase 10 body cameras. Chesterfield’s district includes a portion of Jacksonville. She said Maumelle requested additional money for body cameras, and she found out Jacksonville also […]