EDITORIAL >> Time to winterize

What a coincidence. The coldest weather in almost a year hits the state right in the middle of Winter Weather Awareness Week (Dec. 4-9). The National Weather Service says “the purpose of this week is to remind people what winter weather can bring, and how to deal with hazardous winter conditions.” The freezing temperatures, patches of light ice and even […]

EDITORIAL >> New leader for JNPSD

The Jacksonville-North Pulaski School Board this week picked Bryan Duffie, 46, to lead the district over the next three years, beginning July 1. Duffie, who is now assistant superintendent, was offered the top job by a 6-0 vote with one board member absent. Five people had applied for the job, but only Duffie and Mansfield District Superintendent Robert Ross met […]

TOP STORY >> Jacksonville man gets 20-year term

A Jacksonville man who was working as a TSA inspector at the time of his arrest was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography. Raymond Kinney, 55, was arrested in a January 2015 sting while trying to meet two minors for sex after contacting them on the Internet, according to an announcement Wednesday from the […]

TOP STORY >> NFL star asks help with events

The charitable foundation of Jacksonville-native and NFL defensive tackle Clinton McDonald is seeking sponsors for its annual springtime events in Jacksonville—a family festival and a youth football and cheerleading camp. McDonald established the McDonald and Associates Collective Collaboration-Light Into Darkness nonprofit group soon after winning the Super Bowl in 2014 with the Seattle Seahawks. He now plays for the Tampa […]

TOP STORY >> District needs more diversity

By JOHN HOFHEIMER Leader senior staff writer U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall on Wednesday set aside the carrot and broke out the stick for the first time in the ongoing desegregation suit involving Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District, Pulaski County Special School District and the Joshua Intervenors. He told the parties to resolve the unitary staffing issue or prepare for […]

SPORTS STORY >> Lighthouse ladies dominate Marvell

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Jackson-ville Lighthouse girls’ basketball team picked up its first win of the season, and first win in three years Tuesday, beating Marvell 38-19 at the Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club. The Lighthouse boys followed that with their sixth-straight win in a fast-paced 86-78 victory over the Mustangs. JLC girls’ coach Chris Collier, who […]

SPORTS STORY >> Panthers seize control in third

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Cabot Panthers weren’t sharp, but still didn’t struggle much with the Catholic Rockets on Wednesday in their first game of the Pre-Holiday Classic at Panther Arena. The defending Class 7A state champions committed 13 turnovers in the first half, but cruised in the second half to a 61-26 victory. “We didn’t play very […]

SPORTS STORY >> Technical foul call inspires the Titans

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor Jacksonville got its second sweep of the McClellan Crimson Lions on Tuesday in Little Rock. This time around, the win was easier for the Lady Titans while the boys’ had to battle back from a fourth-quarter deficit, instead of the 20-point win it enjoyed at home a week earlier. The Jacksonville boys trailed by […]

SPORTS STORY >> Lonoke solid over Searcy

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Lonoke Jackrabbits put together their best outing of the season Tuesday when they rolled over Searcy 68-51 at the Gina Cox Center at LHS. It was the team’s second-straight win after snapping a five-game losing streak last week against Lisa Academy, but Lonoke coach Dean Campbell said Tuesday’s outing was much better than […]