2018: A look back, part 2

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of three articles looking back at The Leader’s big headlines of the year. This article covers May through August. The middle months of 2018 were a taxing time as cities, counties and school districts all jockeyed to get more funding for plans and projects through increased taxes and millages or by […]

New mayors take office next week

Swearing-in ceremonies on Tuesday and Wednesday in Jacksonville, Cabot, Ward and Lonoke for chief executives.

By the time the state’s re-elected congressmen from here, French Hill and Rick Crawford, both Republicans, renew the oath of office at noon Thursday at the Capitol in Washington, many local officials will have been sworn here in Arkansas. State Reps. Carlton Wing and Karilyn Brown, both Republicans, and Mark Perry, a Democrat, will be sworn at noon Jan. 14 […]

North Little Rock set to challenge FCC fee

NLR will argue to court of appeals that the federal agency unfairly limits what cities can charge cell companies.

North Little Rock plans to go up against the Federal Communication Commission’s October order, which dictates what cities can and cannot do or charge when it comes to small cell technology.  Mayor Joe Smith announced his opposition to the order at Wednesday’s city council meeting. Attorney Jason Carter will represent the city before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. The […]

Officials’ New Year’s resolutions

Mayors and police chiefs and others share their hopes for the coming year.

All around north Pulaski County and Lonoke County, seasoned and newly elected officials and employees have high hopes for 2019. Jacksonville Mayor-elect Bob Johnson “I made a campaign promise to get at least one sit-down restaurant,” Johnson said. “I’d like to bring one steakhouse. I’ll work on that immediately. My bringing in new businesses will help put the city on […]

Police Reports – Dec. 31, 2018

Sherwood • Police were dispatched to a house fire at 9:29 a.m. on Dec. 10 at 9600 W. Lake Circle. Officers arrived and saw the homeowner sitting on the curb in front of the house. The man said he put logs in the fireplace and started a fire. He went upstairs to help his juvenile son and saw black smoke […]

Obituaries – Dec. 29, 2018


LaDonna Allen LaDonna Lynn (Yarbrough) Allen, 64, of Lonoke, a loving wife, mother, sister and “Nana,” peacefully passed away on Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2018 – her favorite day of the year – after a long, courageous battle with cancer. LaDonna was born on April 5, 1954, in Searcy to the late Charles and Hilda Yarbrough and graduated from Searcy […]

Titans upset Sam Houston

Jacksonville team takes first round in King Cotton Classic with strong showing against the No. 1 seed.

PINE BLUFF – Jacksonville pulled off a minor upset in the first round of the renowned and restructured King Cotton Classic on Thursday at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The Titans were seeded eighth out of eight teams, and defeated No. 1 seeded Sam Houston Math, Science and Technology Center High School 60-54. The Titans led the entire first half, […]

Panthers win with shocking blowout

Cabot goes on 32-2 run that lasts more than half the game to hammer Little Rock Christian.

Long scoring droughts are becoming commonplace in Cabot Panther basketball games, and it’s usually the Panthers’ opponents suffering through them. Such was the case Thursday when Cabot annihilated Little Rock Christian Academy 56-24 in the first round of the Badger Holiday Classic at Beebe High School. The Panthers jumped ahead early, pushing out to a nine-point lead in the first […]

Beebe girls overcome a slow start

Lady Badgers struggle with big McClellan team for a half before pulling away in third at home.

The Beebe Lady Badgers advanced to Friday’s semifinal of the Badger Holiday Classic with a 60-42 victory over the Little Rock McClellan Lady Lions on Thursday at Badger Arena. Beebe (6-5), the host team, will face Jacksonville at 7:00. McClellan (2-4) moves to the losers bracket to face Dumas. Beebe led after each quarter, outscoring the Lady Lions by three […]

Transition game leads to BHS win

Beebe plays better defense in second half, finishes at the rim to pull away from Red Devils.

The Beebe Badgers followed the Lady Badgers win with one of their own in Thursday’s nightcap to also advance to the semifinals of the Badger Holiday Classic. The Badgers (4-6) defeated the Augusta (11-5) Red Devils by a score of 65-29, and will face Little Rock McClellan Friday at 8:30. Beebe doubled up the Red Devils in the first two […]