EDITORIAL >> Asa’s healthy state of mind

It could have been no surprise to anyone, except the new lieutenant governor, that Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants to continue to insure more than 200,000 Arkansans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the infamous Obamacare. What may have been surprising to many is that the conservative Republican did so not grudgingly but warmly. Hutchinson announced Thursday that he […]

TOP STORY >> Funeral for doctor Saturday

By GARRICK FELDMAN Leader editor in-chief Dr. Thomas Henry Wortham, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 88, worked as a physician well into his 80s, retiring in 2013 after a 60-year career in medicine — mostly in Jacksonville. Wortham, who became a physician at the age of 26, was a small-town doctor most of his life. He was […]

TOP STORY >> Undertaker shuts, giving up license

By SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writer The state Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors levied a $10,000 fine and accepted the voluntarily surrendered licenses of Arkansas Funeral Care in Jacksonville and its owner on Friday. The board will not pursue criminal charges, such as abuse of corpse, as part of the agreement. Owner LeRoy Wood will not be able to […]

TOP STORY >> Building to succeed

By JEFFREY SMITH Leader staff writer Pinnacle Structures in Cabot is marking its 20th year in business. The pre-engineered metal building systems manufacturer opened in 1995 with six employees in a double-wide trailer on South Second Street. It has since grown to 130 employees. Pinnacle Structures operates two shifts 24 hours a day, five days a week. The facility on […]

TOP STORY >> Hutchinson praised by lawmakers

By JOHN HOFHEIMER Leader senior staff writer “Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee,” and it was hard to find any lawmaker who didn’t like Asa Hutchinson on Friday, after the new governor said he wants to fund private option through 2016 while convening a legislative task force to help restructure Arkansas Medicaid. That universal support on the divisive issue of private […]

SPORTS STORY >> Red Devils run away in fourth

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The North Pulaski Falcons didn’t just stay close with Jacksonville for a half; they led most of the first two quarters. But a long scoring drought eventually turned into a Jacksonville rout as the Red Devils dominated the fourth quarter for a 72-47 victory Tuesday at JHS. North Pulaski jumped ahead 24-19 when De’Marik […]

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot close to upset at Central High

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter The Cabot girls led by two at halftime of Tuesday night’s 7A/6A-East game at Little Rock Central, but foul trouble and Central’s Kiara Williams both contributed to the Lady Panthers’ demise in the second half, as the Lady Tigers beat Cabot 47-38. After two quarters of play, the Lady Panthers led 21-19. Twenty-four seconds into […]

SPORTS STORY >> Lonoke gets big sweep on road

By RAY BENTON  Leader sports editor The Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits snapped a five-game losing streak and a four-game losing streak in conference on Tuesday, getting a much-needed road win, 34-27 over Southside-Batesville. The Southerners controlled the tempo, but Lonoke handled it well. With perimeter play limited, the Lady Rabbits looked inside, where Amanda Sexton and Eboni Willis combined for half […]