SPORTS STORY >> McDonald proves he is right for Seahawks

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor Exactly three weeks after being released by the Seattle Seahawks, and eight days after being resigned, former Jacksonville Red Devil Clinton McDonald turned in the best performance of his career last Sunday in the Seahawks’ 45-17 rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars. McDonald recorded five tackles and two sacks of Jaguar quarterback Chad Henne. Seahawks […]

SPORTS STORY >> Lady Bears sweep rivals

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter After dropping the opening game of both of its matches against rival schools North Pulaski and Jacksonville, the Sylvan Hills volleyball team rallied to beat the Lady Falcons and Red Devils 3-1 in 5A Central Conference action this week. Sylvan Hills, 6-2 record in conference play, had to play Thursday’s 5A Central match without junior […]

SPORTS STORY >> Sylvan Hills earns big win over Warriors

By GRAHAM POWELL  Leader sportswriter Sylvan Hills was stellar on both sides of the ball in Friday night’s 5A Central Conference opener against Little Rock Christian as the Bears routed the Warriors 35-7 at Bill Blackwood Field. The Bears’ offense dominated the first half with 303 total yards through the first two quarters of play, and the defense played great […]

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot girl takes first at Bison Stampede

By JASON KING Leader sportswriter Micah Huckabee was looking for a personal-best time on a 5-kilometer course as much as she was a second cross-country victory of the year, but the Cabot junior was able to accomplish both during the Bison Stampede meet at Wyldewood Retreat in Searcy on Tuesday. Huckabee blistered the winding 5K course with a top time […]

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot powers past Wildcats

By RAY BENTON  Leader sports editor As competition rises, so does the Cabot football team’s level of play. The latest improvement came Friday when the Panthers controlled the line of scrimmage in a 48-32 victory over No. 1 ranked North Little Rock at Charging Wildcat Stadium. Cabot coach Mike Malham, who has heaped praise on his team after recent wins, […]

EDITORIAL >> Education in state needs improving

By Rep. DAVY CARTER  Dist. 43 Arkansas has ambitious goals when it comes to higher education. We are no longer just thinking about changes for the next session or even five years from now. Legislators and several leaders in education are thinking about our vision for higher education in the year 2025. In the most recent session, we passed Act […]

TOP STORY >> Festival touted as economic boost

By JEFFREY SMITH Leader staff writer During this week’s city council meeting, Beebe Chamber of Commerce director Kristen Boswell spoke about the 17th annual Fall Fest scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Saturday in downtown Beebe. Boswell said the musical entertainment will be held outside. Central Arkansas Entertainment donated the use of a stage. Blane Howard, Stays in […]

TOP STORY >> School board passes record $74M budget

By SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writer The Cabot School Board on Tuesday approved the 2013-14 budget of approximately $74 million, which is up by about $1.26 million from last year. The budget includes $36.21 million for teacher salaries, $33.44 million for operating expenses — instructional/pupil support, general administration/principals, maintenance and operations, transportation — and $4.6 million for the district’s debt […]

TOP STORY >> Turning tragedy around

By JEFFREY SMITH Leader staff writer A Sherwood woman is shining a light on the option of organ and tissue donation during a dark moment in people’s lives to help give hope to others. Carly Hightower’s son, Matthew, was a 9-year-old who just finished the third grade at Westside Elementary in Cabot. He died in June 2011 from a dirt-bike […]