SPORTS STORY >> SH still perfect with Lake Hamilton win

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter Sylvan Hills’ extended summer junior varsity baseball team was down two runs after 2 1/2 innings against Lake Hamilton on Wednesday, but the JV Bears tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the third inning, and reeled off three more in the fourth to beat the Wolves’ varsity team 5-2 at Mike […]

SPORTS STORY >> Lexi Weeks wins NCAA

EUGENE, Ore. – Pole vaulter Lexi Weeks put a fitting end to an unprecedented college season on Thursday, adding an NCAA Outdoor National Championship to her ledger of accomplishments. Weeks had already become the first freshman to ever win an NCAA title when she won the Indoor championship earlier this year. She also became the first freshman in Women’s NCAA […]

SPORTS STORY >> Gwatney, Sheridan split

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Gwatney Chevrolet Senior American Legion team salvaged a split Tuesday night in a doubleheader with Sheridan at Dupree Park. The Yellowjackets held on for a 6-5 win in game one, but the Chevy Boys bounced back for a 9-7 victory in the late nightcap. In game two, Jacksonville fell behind again right away, […]

SPORTS STORY >> Bears knock off Wolves

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter Sylvan Hills’ extended high school summer varsity team made quick work of Lake Hamilton’s varsity team Wednesday afternoon at Mike Bromley Field in Sherwood, as the Bears took the lead early and coasted to a 9-2 win over the Wolves, improving their summer record to 3-1. The varsity Bears routed Pulaski Academy 10-0 in five […]

EDITORIAL >> The sun also rises

At the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School Board meeting Monday night, the board finalized the sale of $15.3 million in bonds to build a new high school. The new high school is the buzz of Jacksonville. Set to rise from the closed, soon-to-be-dust middle school, and be seen by tens of thousands of people daily driving along Hwy. 67/167, it will be […]

TOP STORY >> At 97, still bowling strikes

By JEFFREY SMITH Leader staff writer It is not every day you see a 97-year-old man bowling, just on Mondays at Allfam Bowling in Cabot. Robert Hall of Jacksonville continues to live an active lifestyle. He can be found knocking down pins while taking advantage of the special senior rate from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays when games […]

TOP STORY >> Other cities also work to control skeeters’ spread

By DEBORAH HORN Leader staff writer In other areas of Pulaski and Lonoke counties, cities are paying attention to the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases. For instance, Randy McKenzie, Austin office manager, says while it’s expensive to spray for mosquitoes and adult flyers, it’s a must-do for cities. It costs Austin as much as $6,000 a […]

TOP STORY >> City crews out spraying

By DEBORAH HORN Leader staff writer Keith Pichon and Hal Toney know every street in Jacksonville, every “Beware of Dog” sign, every couple that spends their summer evenings playing with their kids on the front lawn, every pothole and the woman who jogs after a long day at the office. They know every overgrown, water-filled ditch serving as the perfect […]


By SENIOR AIRMAN MERCEDES TAYLOR 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs NORMANDY, France – In commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, airmen from the 48th Airlift Squadron and 62nd Airlift Squadron of the 314th Airlift Wing from Little Rock Air Force Base on Sunday transported more than 60 paratroopers from the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, N.C., and […]