SPORTS STORY >> Lady Bears second at Morrilton

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor Two girls’ teams dominated the rest of the field at the Devil Dog Relays in Morrilton on Thursday, and it may have been a preview of a showdown for the 5A state championship. On Thursday, it was Vilonia that edged out Sylvan Hills for the team victory, but only by a scant 3.5 points – […]

SPORTS STORY >> Panther girls pound MSMA

By RAY BENTON  Leader sports editor The Cabot Lady Panthers jumped all over Mount St. Mary in the 7A-Central opener on Tuesday, hammering the Belles 12-1 at home before going on the road on Thursday and pummeling Fort Smith Southside 18-1. In Tuesday’s win, Cabot (7-1, 2-0) blew the game open with a nine-run second inning to take a 10-0 […]

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot controls Catholic

By RAY BENTON  Leader sports editor The Cabot baseball team got a huge early win in 7A-Central play on Tuesday, beating the pitching-loaded Catholic Rockets 6-2 at Conrade Field. The game was particularly important after the Panthers suffered a terrible outing in a 10-0 loss to Oxford, Miss., the previous Friday. On Tuesday, Cabot scored all six runs in the […]

TOP STORY >> Different helmets, same mission

By Airman 1st Class Codie Collins 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Engines, tool boxes and water tanks — if one ceased to exist, a fire truck would not be able to serve its purpose. Just as fire trucks have different tools to accomplish a task, the 19th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department has different elements, both military and civilian personnel, […]

TOP STORY >> More students get tuition breaks

By JOHN HOFHEIMER  Leader senior staff writer Two new laws make it easier and cheaper for Arkansas Guardsmen and some other Arkansas residents to attend state-supported college, community college or trade school if otherwise qualified. Newly passed Act 316 — “The Arkansas Future Grant” — will provide two years of tuition-free education to students to attend state-supported institution of higher […]

TOP STORY >> Judge orders both sides fix school issues

By JOHN HOFHEIMER  Leader senior staff writer Unless all sides in the sprawling desegregation case can reach an agreement on unitary status for facilities and staffing with the help of Magistrate Jerome Kearney in April, the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District and the Joshua Intervenors will go to trial next February, U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall said at the desegregation […]