SPORTS STORY >> Hogs missing some players from 105-man roster

By NATE ALLEN Special to The Leader FAYETTEVILLE – Junior Arkansas starting defensive end Tevin Beanum of Forrest City was among some notable Razorbacks not included on the 105-man preseason roster that reported Wednesday to coach Bret Bielema at the Fred Smith Football Center and began practicing Thursday. Beanum, a two-year letterman and returning starter, was excused from spring practice […]

SPORTS STORY >> CHS volleyball set for big year

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter The Cabot High School volleyball team got back in the gym on a routine basis last month and the Lady Panthers have stayed busy since in preparation for the upcoming season, which will begin later this month. Even though the Lady Panthers have only been practicing as a team for a few weeks since summer […]

SPORTS STORY >> Local track club racking up wins, personal bests

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter From upperclassmen to 11 and 12-year-olds, it’s been an outstanding and productive summer for several local track and field athletes, as those athletes have continued to set personal records, rack up wins in various events and continue to improve as the school year approaches. Cabot High School senior to-be Britton Alley, who won the Class […]

SPORTS STORY >> Books before practice

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter Jacksonville High School graduate Kinley Burrows played a big role in the success the Lady Red Devil softball team had this past season, its best since 2002, but the four-year starting shortstop’s accomplishments in the classroom are just as impressive as her play on the softball field, if not more so. Burrows graduated in the […]

EDITORIAL >> Pruitt should leave council

Beebe Alderman David Lee Pruitt, 57, this week pleaded guilty to election fraud, a misdemeanor, after he was caught voting twice in the March primary. He voted early at Beebe City Hall, where he returned on Election Day to cast another ballot. Pruitt was fined $750 but insisted he had made an honest mistake when he voted in town and […]

EDITORIAL >> How to right bad writing

Remember when Typing 101 was offered in junior high and high school? Somehow we’ve gotten away from keyboarding in the last decade or so and that lack of “QWERTY” knowledge has affected this year’s writing scores. At least we hope that is part of the problem otherwise more than 90 percent of students in some area schools and classes truly […]

TOP STORY >> Arrest in Ward murder

By JEFFREY SMITH Leader staff writer A Ward man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly killing his wife. Steven Watters, 51, of 20 Moss Drive is charged with first-degree murder. He is being held at the Lonoke County Detention Center on a $1 million bond. Watters is also being held for violating parole. He was issued a no-contact order with […]

TOP STORY >> Lighthouse eyes microscope

By DEBORAH HORN Leader staff writer Ten years ago, if a teacher needed a new microscope or a coach needed new uniforms for his players, and with no money in the budget for extras, the employee might turn to the school’s PTO or the Booster Club. Once again, the Internet is changing everything. But charter school supporter Mike Wilson says […]

TOP STORY >> Test shows strengths, pitfalls

By RICK KRON Leader staff writer Editor’s note: This is the third and final part of a series highlighting recently released test scores. The first focused on Cabot, the second on the Pulaski County Special School District and this one covers all other schools in the area. Back in April, students in third through 10th grades took the annual state […]