SPORTS STORY >> Carlisle’s 2A playoff hopes on line again

By GRAHAM POWELL  Leader sportswriter The Carlisle Bison will look to keep their playoff hopes alive on Friday when they travel to Brinkley for a 2A-6 Conference matchup that’ll kickoff at 7 p.m. Carlisle enters the week-eight matchup with a 3-4 overall record and 3-2 record in conference play. With the three conference wins, the Bison are currently fourth in […]

SPORTS STORY >> Toughest stretch in front of Bears

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor After cruising through most of the bottom half of the conference, the undefeated Sylvan Hills Bears embark on a three-game stretch against three of the 5A Central’s top four teams. At 7 p.m. this Friday, the Bears will travel to McClellan to take on the 4-3, 3-1, Lions. In its first four conference games, […]

SPORTS STORY >> Hobbling to Mt. Home

By GRAHAM POWELL  Leader sportswriter Cabot’s 7A/6A-East matchup at winless Mountain Home this Friday night at 7 p.m. would normally be chalked up as an easy win for the Panthers, and even though they’ll still be heavily favored to win the week-eight matchup, Cabot will have to play at least the remainder of its regular season without its top two […]

SPORTS STORY >> Jacksonville hosts Falcons

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The gauntlet is run, but there’s no room for relaxation for the Jacksonville Red Devils. The team has faced the 5A Central’s top three preseason teams in a row the last three weeks, and now gets ready to host North Pulaski in the hometown rivalry game – a game that will almost certainly end […]

EDITORIAL: Top award for 19th AW

The Air Force Historical Foundation recently presented its James H. Doolittle Award to the 19th Airlift Wing for its contribution to airpower for more than 80 years. It’s an amazing history from the early decades of air combat to the modern era. In making the award, the foundation noted that the 19th Airlift Wing “has displayed gallantry, determination, and esprit […]

TOP STORY >> Is a life worth a million dollars?

By GARRICK FELDMAN Leader editor-in-chief Almost half the parolees in Arkansas who serve a fraction of their sentences commit more crimes soon after they’re freed. About two dozen parolees have been charged with murder this year, according to the Department of Correction. Victims’ families know their loved ones would be alive today if parolees like James Michael Davis and Arron […]

TOP STORY >> Issues for trio key to victory

By SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writer Answering a second round of questions from The Leader, the candidates in the Sherwood mayor’s race — Mayor Virginia Hillman, Don Berry and Doris Anderson — shared their thoughts on a new library, establishing a standalone school district, economic development and more. About the Nov. 4 vote on a proposed 1.3-mill increase — roughly […]

TOP STORY >> Fletcher, Sipes: They both won

By RICK KRON Leader staff writer “My supporters think I won the debate,” said Jacksonville mayoral candidate Gary Sipes, the city’s former police chief, “And I’m sure the mayor’s supporters think he won.” Both Sipes and Mayor Gary Fletcher were asked about their thoughts on the one and only debate between the two candidates held last week at the community […]