EDITORIAL >> The future is up to us

We’ve said it before: Jacksonville puts “unity” in community. Finally, local control of our schools is within our grasp. In the decades-long quest for a stand-alone Jacksonville-north Pulaski County school district, 400 people gave a preview of things to come at Monday’s meeting, when they pitched in $4,000 for printed materials to get out the “for” vote for the Sept. […]

TOP STORY >> Genocide threatens minorities

By GARRICK FELDMAN Leader editor “They were trying to kill us because we were Christians.”—Teenage girl from Homs, Syria A huge humanitarian disaster was unfolding last month while the western world and much of the media looked away. They focused on a tiny area on the Mediterranean controlled by a group of Moslem fanatics, who have held their own people […]

TOP STORY >> Ward voters to decide sale-tax hike

By JEFFREY SMITH Leader staff writer Ward voters will decide in the November general election if they want a one-cent sales tax increase. The city council voted 5-1 Monday night to put the tax revenue into the general fund, reversing a sales tax committee recommendation held last week to split the proceeds into two half-cent sales taxes — one for […]

TOP STORY >> District supporters upbeat on election

By JOHN HOFHEIMER Leader senior staff writer Part informative, part pep rally and part camp meeting, a gathering of about 400 people crowded into the Jacksonville Community Center on Monday night to kick off the effort to get voter approval for a stand-alone Jacksonville-north Pulaski County school district. In an effort first envisioned 36 years ago, and with early architects […]

SPORTS STORY >> Breaking in sophmores is goal in Cabot practices

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Cabot football team spent the first day of practice in pads mostly separated into units, but got together on Monday for a short scrimmage at the end of practice. There were four sophomores starting on defense in that first scrimmage, but it was the lone sophomore starter on offense that made the immediate […]

SPORTS STORY >> Devils slow in midnight scrimmage

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Jacksonville football team had its first Midnight Madness practice Saturday morning, starting workouts the first minute of the day and finishing about 1:45. Players were excited at the beginning of practice, but by the time they joined offense and defense on the field, the excitement had worn off. “I think they were ready […]

SPORTS STORY >> Lonoke dealing with few bodies

By GRAHAM POWELLLeader sportswriter The Lonoke Jackrabbits kicked off their second week of fall practice in the afternoon Monday, and with the start of the new school year quickly approaching, head coach Doug Bost would like to get his team acclimated to the August heat. “It was a little sluggish today,” said Bost on Monday, “but it was a little […]

SPORTS STORY >> Bison’s big strides

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter After a solid first week of fall practice under first-year head coach Jack Keith, the Carlisle Bison picked up where they left off on Monday, and put a lot of emphasis on conditioning and understanding the offense. “We had a really good week last week,” said Keith. “They worked hard, and we never had a […]