SPORTS STORY >> Hillside ladies topple Devils

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor A strong, dominant second quarter broke up a close game and led to a decisive 64-44 Lady Bear victory over Jacksonville on Tuesday in the regular-season finale for both teams. The SHHS senior night game had no bearing on the league standings or placement in the state playoffs that begin next week. Sylvan Hills […]

SPORTS STORY >> CHS girls beat JHS, advance into state

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter The Cabot girls got a 44-36 win over Jonesboro in Tuesday’s 7A/6A-East Conference game at Panther Arena, and did so without making a shot from the floor in the fourth quarter. Though the Lady Panthers (18-11, 7-6) went without a field goal in the final eight minutes, they went 16 for 18 from the free-throw […]

SPORTS STORY >> Beebe outright champs

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Beebe Lady Badgers secured their first outright 5A-Central Conference championship Thursday with a 60-28 season finale victory at North Pulaski. Next up for the Beebe ladies is a 4 p.m. Tuesday game in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament in Hot Springs. The Lady Falcons were hot early. Beebe coach […]

SPORTS STORY >> Sr. Bear steals spotlight in defeat

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor Jacksonville junior Tyree Appleby turned in an incredible performance Tuesday night that hardly anyone in the packed, standing-room-only Sylvan Hills gym noticed. Appleby turned in a double-double with 30 points and 10 assists in leading the Red Devils to a thrilling 87-86 victory over the Bears in the regular-season finale. But senior Bear Cordy […]

SPORTS STORY >> Falcons’ phenomenal finale

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The game was between the two last place teams in the 5A-Central, but that didn’t matter to the North Pulaski Falcons. It may not have been an overall successful season, but it was very successful send off as the Falcons closed the book on NPHS athletics with a 51-47 victory over the Beebe Badgers […]

EDITORIAL >> Choices for Supreme Court

Justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court—indeed, all judges—are supposed to be above partisanship and altogether inconsiderate of politics and public opinion, but voters will chose two of the seven Supreme Court members at the party primaries Tuesday instead of the general election this November. The choices could not be more important, although the immense money spent and the dark strategies […]

EDITORIAL >> Primary day on Tuesday

Tuesday is Election Day in Arkansas—two party primaries and a mini-general election rolled into one. We are voting now instead of the spring or summer for the Democratic and Republican primaries and November for part of the general election because Gov. Hutchinson and the legislature last spring thought the most important thing for Arkansas was the political career of former […]

TOP STORY >> Another Grammy for Tony

By GARRICK FELDMAN  Leader executive editor Tony Bennett recently won another Grammy award — his 18th — in the best traditional pop vocal category for “The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern” (RPM Records/Columbia). The octogenarian Bennett (he’ll be 90 in August) is accompanied by the brilliant jazz pianists Bill Charlap and his wife, Rene Rosnes, who is the […]

TOP STORY >> Woman in Cabot 100 years young

By JEFFREY SMITH Leader staff writer Cabot resident Opal Furr is celebrating her 25th birthday on Monday even though she’ll be turning 100 years old because she was a leap-year baby. The extra day in February happens once every four years. She was born on Feb. 29, 1916, in Colony, Kan. Furr is the oldest of seven children. Her dad […]

TOP STORY >> Primary election is down to wire

By SARAH CAMPBELL  Leader staff writer In Tuesday’s primary election, area voters will decide between the following candidates for local, state and congressional offices. Judicial races are also held in conjunction with the primary. Some will face opposition in November from another party, while others will be unopposed after defeating challengers from their own party. Polling sites will be open […]