SPORTS STORY >> Panthers knocked off perch at Bryant

By RAY BENTON  Leader sports editor The Cabot Panthers suffered their first defeat in conference play on Friday, losing a fourth quarter lead and a 50-40 decision at Bryant. The Panthers led almost the whole game, but suffered a four-minute scoring drought in the final frame as the Hornets mounted their comeback. Cabot point guard Bobby Joe Duncan made a […]

SPORTS STORY >> Wolves blow by two league foes

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Jacksonville Light-house boys have gotten back to its winning ways since dropping back-to-back conference road games. Last Friday at the Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club, the Wolves hammered Hazen 76-39, and then beat Abundant Life 73-61 on Monday in a makeup game from Jan. 6. Monday’s game was also JLCS’ homecoming, and it […]

SPORTS STORY >> Titans salvage subpar outing

By RAY BENTON  Leader sports editor Although the Jacksonville Titans beat Pulaski Academy 59-48 at home on Friday, it didn’t feel much like a win for Jacksonville assistant coach Brandon Weems, who was in charge in place of Vic Joyner, who is suffering his second bout of pneumonia this season. The Titans executed very little offense in the first half […]

TOP STORY >> Science winners impress judges

By RICK KRON Leader staff writer The fifth-grade science fair winner, who also won first place honors as a third grader and a fourth grader, so impressed one of the judges, an engineer from First Electric, that he offered the 11-year-old a summer internship. That was an added bonus for Madison Holmes to go with the blue ribbon, a $15 […]

TOP STORY >> Fallen fireman honored

By JEFFREY SMITH  Leader staff writer On the one-year anniversary of his death, the Sherwood Fire Department on Sunday honored fallen firefighter Lt. Jason Adams with a memorial plaque on Rescue One, his assigned vehicle. Adams, 29, was with the fire department for five years. He was on duty for the East Pulaski Volunteer Fire Department when he was shot […]

TOP STORY >> Ward arrest sheds light on nepotism

By JOHN HOFHEIMER  Leader senior staff writer Two sons and a granddaughter of longtime Ward Mayor Art Brooke work or worked in some fashion for the city, Brooke confirmed Tuesday, but there is no state law against it, according to Don Zimmerman, executive director of the Arkansas Municipal League. The question arose after the mayor’s son, Mark Brooke, the Ward […]