TOP STORY >> The sweet taste of success

In addition to raising sweet corn, Chester “Chet” Esau and his wife, Carol, raised five children and have 14 grandchildren. The Wade Knox Children’s Advocacy Center in Lonoke is again selling their corn for a fundraiser. By DEBORAH HORN Leader staff writer It’s hard to imagine but farming didn’t come easy to Chester “Chet” Esau because now his name is […]

TOP STORY >> Water safety skills prove life saver

By STAFF SGT. REGINA EDWARDS 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs “HELP!” “That scream was even more chilling than the water my friend and I were in,” he said. It was June 25, a normal Saturday of kayaking at the Ouachita River Whitewater Park for Air Force Senior Airman Colton Lien, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordinance disposal technician, and his […]

TOP STORY >> Results on ACT scores fall flat

By RICK KRON Leader staff writer Most high school juniors in the area and across the state aren’t ready for college based on scores of the recently released ACT readiness test. The test given to students statewide is an indicator of their ability to succeed in math, English, reading and science at the college level. Unlike other states where only […]

EDITORIAL >> Planes worth $3.4 billion

Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, commander of Air Mobility Command, flew last month from the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta, Ga., and delivered the last of 28 C-130Js assigned to the 19th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base. The 314th Airlift Wing, which trains C-130 crews worldwide, has 13 C-130Js, with two more scheduled for delivery soon, bringing […]

EDITORIAL >> Keep guns from kids!

The Beebe police have delayed releasing information about the shooting death of an 18-month-old infant Friday morning, probably by one of the children who were left alone to watch the baby while their parents were away. The police may have missed an opportunity to warn parents to keep guns away from the reach of children and instead are waiting for […]

SPORTS STORY >> Jacksonville youth dazzles at shooting event

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter Jacksonville trap shooter Ryan Bowen has been a standout with a shotgun for most of his life, but at last month’s Arkansas State Trapshooting Tournament that took place at the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Sports Complex, Bowen did something not even he had done before. In the singles competition that took place June […]

SPORTS STORY >> Jumping Jeff gets send-off

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor After winning the men’s long jump in the U.S. Olympic Trials, McAlmont’s Jeff Henderson returned home for a week with his family. He went back to his apartment and training facility in Chula Vista, Calif., on Sunday, but not without a sendoff celebration at his parents’ (Laverne and Debra Henderson) home on Saturday. It […]