Editorials


Enthusiasm for schools

The new Jacksonville-North Pulaski School Board was off to a good start at its first meeting Monday evening at city hall.
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Right decision
on consultant

Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher and the city's controversial economic development consultant quietly parted ways during a divisive campaign for re-election that Fletcher won by 841 votes.
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Impressive new board

The state Board of Education will meet Thursday, when it is expected to approve a proposed seven-member Jacksonville School Board. The names for the interim board were submitted by a committee headed by state Rep. Mark Perry (D-Jacksonville), which also included Sen. Linda Chesterfield, Sen. Jane English, Rep. Doug House, all of North Little Rock, along with Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher and Rep.-elect Bob Johnson, also of Jacksonville.
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Our lobbyists under attack

Democrats were not the only ones who wore long faces Wednesday morning when the full panoply of results from the general election were known. The saddest---and most shocked---people in Arkansas may have been the army of lobbyists who toil in the legislative and executive branches of government on behalf of their corporate employers.
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GOP sweeps into office

It's taken Arkansas Republicans almost 50 years to get here, flipping the state away from Democrats and joining the rest of the South solidly in the GOP column.
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Liquor vote:
You decide

If you believe that alcohol is the degradation of man and the ruin of families --- a notion with which we sometimes do not vigorously quarrel --- then you will want to vote against Ballot Issue 4, which legalizes liquor sales in currently dry counties.
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Pardons by Beebe
not as bad as Huck's

Gov. Mike Beebe has had a good record on pardons until this week, much better than Gov. Mike Huckabee, his predecessor.
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Lennox, Hutcherson on Blue Note; Impulse back

Annie Lennox's new CD, "Nostalgia," from Blue Note includes a stunning version of "Strange Fruit," an anti-lynching song usually associated with Billie Holiday, who recorded it in 1937.
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Is a life worth

a million dollars?

Almost half the parolees in Arkansas who serve a fraction of their sentences commit more crimes soon after they're freed.
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Killer at our front door

Arron Lewis stood near the front door at The Leader one evening last month, and he knocked on the big glass window when he realized the door was locked.
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Killer in Cabot's schools
3 times

Glen Martin Green, the killer serving a life sentence without parole, worked in Cabot schools three different times this year.
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Cabot ends prison labor in schools

After a report here Saturday that a convicted murderer worked at Cabot Junior High North last week as a prison trustee, school officials decided Monday to ban prison labor in the district. [FULL TEXT]

Killer worked at Cabot school gym

A murderer who is serving a life sentence without parole was installing a wall mat this week at the Cabot Junior High North gym as part of a prison work-release program. [FULL TEXT]

 

When firm's comptroller
steals $1.1M

AGL Corp., the small Jacksonville manufacturer of laser equipment used for construction around the world, had been struggling for years. The company had trouble making a profit. There were layoffs and rumors about the plant shutting down. [FULL TEXT]


Genocide threatens minorities

A huge humanitarian disaster was unfolding last month while the western world and much of the media looked away. They focused on a tiny area on the Mediterranean controlled by a group of Moslem fanatics, who have held their own people hostage while provoking another senseless war with Israel. [FULL TEXT]

Strategy put own people in line of fire

A ceasefire seems to be holding in Gaza after a month of hostilities that killed and wounded 10,000 Palestinians – while fewer than 100 Israelis were killed and injured – in the wake of another monumental Arab military failure. [FULL TEXT]

Her niece one plane ahead of fatal flight

Hedy Wuelling, who runs the Jacksonville Animal Shelter, follows the news of the downed Malaysian airliner on Dutch websites because she's from Holland. [FULL TEXT]


VA isn't the only problem

It's never a good time to visit a government office, where they're usually understaffed and busy. You might stand in line for 20 minutes at the post office, but you can always come back later — unlike thousands of sick veterans who sit for hours waiting for medical attention at VA hospitals. [FULL TEXT]


New records from Thelonious Monk, Rosanne Cash

Alfred Lion, a refugee from Nazi Germany, founded Blue Note Records in New York on Jan. 6, 1939, when he recorded the boogie-woogie pianists Albert Ammons and Meade (Lux) Lewis after hearing them at the historic "From Spirituals to Swing" concert at Carnegie Hall in New York the month before. [FULL TEXT]


Young girl asks Santa for a very special gift

When my friend Jack Sallee was with the Jaycees in Fayetteville, they'd put an ad in the paper at Christmastime saying that for $2 you could have Santa come to your place. [FULL TEXT]


For Cash, debut in the Rock

Rosanne Cash made her Little Rock debut at a soldout show Nov. 23 at South on Main Restaurant, which is bringing world-class performers to the southern end of downtown in the space where Juanita's used to be. [FULL TEXT]





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November 22, 2014



The third-, fourth- and fifth-grade choir from Sherwood Elementary School perform Friday at Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock to begin the Salvation Army's 2014 Christmas Kick-Off. First Lady Ginger Beebe read a Christmas story and chose the first angel from the Angel Tree.


Holiday events planned in area

IN SHORT: Groups hosting feasts, parades, and more scheduled over next few weeks. [FULL TEXT]


Cabot runoff election Tuesday

IN SHORT: Doyle Tullos and Wendell Gibson vie for alderman position. [FULL TEXT]

Award is given to wing

IN SHORT: LRAFB gets second prestigious prize in recent weeks for excellence. [FULL TEXT]



Connor Patrom, 13, Bo Smith, 44 and Hunter King bring down Hot Springs' Cleo Floyd during the Badgers' 42-35 quarterfinal win on Friday. The Badgers will travel to Wynne next week for the semifinals.



Badgers rally into semifinals

IN SHORT: Beebe comes back from 14-point deficit twice to beat Hot Springs. [FULL TEXT]


Red Devils hold back Lion surge

IN SHORT: Searcy pulls within one point in fourth quarter, but Jacksonville earns the victory. [FULL TEXT]


Cabot boys pull away late against the Rockets

IN SHORT: Panthers win season opener with a strong second-half effort against Little Rock Catholic.
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Jackrabbits top Carlisle

IN SHORT: Lonoke ladies impressive in lopsided victory over county rival by grabbing a big early lead on Tuesday. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot swim teams victorious at home

IN SHORT: Panther boys and girls dominate competition in the first home meet of the 2014 season.
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A memorial at the Lonoke County Courthouse honors William Waggoner, who was a longtime judge and a veteran of the First World War.


Letter from the front

IN SHORT: A young soldier from Lonoke County, who became a judge and prosecutor, fought in World War. [FULL TEXT]

Rebirth of Jacksonville's heart

IN SHORT: An effort is underway to return the city's original train station. [FULL TEXT]