EDITORIAL >> Why not lift from Nancy?

The Republican convention in Cleveland has received less than stellar reviews so far this week. Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) putting down a rebellion on the floor to open up the nomination to other candidates was not something we’re used to seeing at a GOP convention. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) had his speech upstaged by Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, who gave […]

TOP STORY >> Teens take tour of Washington

First Electric Cooperative sent four high school students on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington in June during its annual youth tour. Mattingly Bartole of Cabot, Caleigh Pickard of Austin, Joseph Hammond of Benton and Erin Holland of Heber Springs, along with 39 teenagers from the 16 other Arkansas electric cooperatives, joined 1,700 teens from across the U.S. to explore Washington. […]

TOP STORY >> Local police mourning comrades

By DEBORAH HORN  Leader staff writer So far, it has been a summer of unprecedented violence, but local law-enforcement officers and other government officials are standing with their brothers and sisters in blue—and mourning those who paid the ultimate price in the line of duty. It was nearly two weeks ago that millions watched in horror as events near Dallas’ […]

TOP STORY >> New era starting at 314th

By JOHN HOFHEIMER  Leader senior staff writer Col. Daniel A. DeVoe assumed command of the 314th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base on Monday, with Maj. Gen. James B. Hecker officiating. DeVoe replaces Col. James D. Dryjanski, who will serve as director of operations at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Hecker, commander of the 19th Air Force, […]

SPORTS STORY >> Defensive players stand out in third Cabot 7-on-7 meet

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter Cabot hosted its third of five 7-on-7 meets Monday afternoon at Panther Stadium, and the hosts continued to make plays on the offensive side of the ball, but some Panther defensive players also stood out. None of the six teams competing Monday played perfectly, which can be expected this early in the 100 degree summer […]

SPORTS STORY >> Youthful Badgers learning

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Beebe football team has had a work-like summer, going through several team camps at Conway High School as well as its typical “Fast Badger” workout program. The main quest for the Badgers since the end of last season has been replacing a large senior class, including the entire starting offensive backfield. Priority number […]

SPORTS STORY >> Jacksonville Seniors finish

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor Conway’s Senior American Legion coaches repeatedly protested to Jacksonville’s batting order, pitch counts and pitcher availability, but they couldn’t do much about the actual Jacksonville players in the batter’s box Sunday during the American Legion Senior State Tournament at Hendrix University. The Senior Chevy Boys racked up 14 base hits, drew 11 walks and […]

SPORTS STORY >> Gwatney makes state

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Jacksonville Junior American Legion baseball team qualified for the state tournament with a top-four finish in the District 3-4 combo tournament in Cabot. The Chevy Boys earned a first-round bye by finishing second in the regular season in District 3, and opened the tournament with 12-10 marathon win over Cabot in the second […]