EDITORIAL >> For a Pledge of Allegiance

 We began to wonder if North Metro Medical Center was having financial problems when the large glass sign at the entrance to Jacksonville Medical Center went unrepaired for months after perhaps being vandalized with a rock or baseball. It is still in need of repair. It’s what the public sees. Appearances are all-important for a hospital that needs to make […]

TOP STORY >> Pre-trial hearing is set for driver

By SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writer The pre-trial hearing for the Jacksonville man charged with the first-degree murder of Fire Capt. Donald “Donnie” Jones will continue at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in Courtroom 220 at the Pulaski County Circuit Court in Little Rock. The trial for Bryce Allen Jr., 47, is still set to start at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 28 […]

TOP STORY >> Lawsuit by CAW coming

By JOAN McCOY Leader staff writer Central Arkansas Water notified ExxonMobil and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration this week it will file suit to stop the reopening of the Pegasus Pipeline that ruptured at Mayflower on March 29 if the PHMSA doesn’t begin proceedings to address violations of the Pipeline Safety Act that CAW has uncovered. “CAW’s immediate […]

TOP STORY >> Council votes $22,000 to fix unsafe bridge

By SARAH CAMPBELLLeader staff writer The Jacksonville City Council voted Thursday to waive competitive bidding on and pay $22,000 for repairs to a 57-by-27-foot bridge on North J.P. Wright Loop Road. Mehaffey Construction of North Little Rock was hired as the contractor for the project. A few weeks ago, the city closed the bridge to trucks with loads heavier than […]

SPORTS STORY >> Lady Panters rout LR Central in three

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Cabot volleyball team had a busy six days between last Saturday and Thursday, playing seven matches and closing it with an important conference rout of Little Rock Central at home on Thursday. After going 2-2-1 at the Russellville Invitational over the weekend, the Lady Panthers lost 3-1 at Mountain Home on Tuesday, then […]

SPORTS STORT >> Jacksonville comes back on Hornets

By ANN THARP Special to The Leader Jacksonville rallied in the fourth quarter and made a defensive stand in the red zone to earn its first win of the season Friday, beating previously undefeated Maumelle 27-20 at Jan Crow Stadium. Unlike weeks one and two of the football season, the conditions were wet and rainy. Jacksonville came into the game […]

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot girls, Searcy boys win XC

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor Cabot runners took the top two spots and six of the top 10 in the high school girls division of the Cabot Invitational 4K cross country race Tuesday at Central Elementary in Cabot. The boys division was dominated by Searcy, which had the top three runners in the four-team event. “We just had a […]

SPORTS STORY >> Panther interior wins the trenches

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor Conway coach Clint Ashcraft said earlier in the week that his team’s game at Cabot would be won in the trenches, and he was right. The Panthers’ offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and quarterback Kason Kimbrell was nearly flawless running the option, leading Cabot to a 23-9 win over the Wampus Cats […]

SPORTS STORY >> Carlisle rolls up yardage, beats ‘Noles

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter Despite the wet conditions, class 2A’s No. 2 ranked Carlisle Bison ran all over class 3A Osceola en route to a dominant 36-12 nonconference win Friday at Fred C. Hardke Field. The Bison (3-0) dominated the line of scrimmage through all four quarters, racking up 459 yards of total offense – all of which came […]