This killer stays behind bars for now

After a year of lawsuits from prosecutors and victims' rights groups and coverage in this newspaper, Gov. Huckabee has again withdrawn his offer of clemency to yet another murderer.[FULL TEXT]

Pentagon has
to pay bills,
so it cuts back
___The C-130J program is the latest casualty of the war in Iraq. As we reported here on Saturday, the Defense Department could soon halt production of the new airlifter, saving $5 billion. Little Rock Air Force Base will get seven C-130Js rather than the 16 it was scheduled to receive, and construction plans for an additional training center have been halted at a savings of $26.5 million. [FULL TEXT]

Teenager's dangerous
job in Iraq
___Five soldiers from Arkansas flew home last week from Iraq for a couple of weeks of vacation.
___They got on an airplane in Kuwait and flew to Ireland and then went on to Dallas, where they caught a commuter flight to Little Rock. Specialist Jordan Lackie of DeValls Bluff was one of the soldiers flying home. He's only 18, but he's a big fellow, and he was the only soldier who didn't seem tired. [FULL TEXT]

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

Don't let lenders
prey on military and working poor

___The state Supreme Court on Thursday could put the so-called payday lenders out of business in Arkansas. Consumer advocates are challenging Act 1216 of 1999 that allows predatory lendin in the state with rates as high as 650 percent. [FULL TEXT]

Worst legislation so
far this session
Rarely does the Arkansas legislature get into as much mischief as when it goes in search of sins to vanquish. [FULL TEXT]

Let's hope sharks' days
are numbered
__The Arkansas Supreme Court Wednesday gave us fresh occasion to ruminate on how slowly justice grinds when the justices declined once again to say whether the payday lenders who violate the state's lending law are violating the state's lending law. [FULL TEXT]

Let's praise Huckabee
Gov. Huckabee is a masterly politician, but he sometimes betrays a tin ear for his craft. Those are the occasions that our suspicions turn to admiration. His quixotic fight for massive consolidation of small school districts was such an episode.[FULL TEXT]

Legislature should get down to work
The openings of regular legislative sessions are always fine days, full of mutual admiration, optimism and promises of cooperation and consultation, but we hope we are not amiss in detecting a more genuine attitude in the beginning hoopla at Little Rock this week. It needs to be because to achieve the big goals that both legislators and Gov. Huckabee outline will require higher taxes and public debt. Harmony alone won't get those done but it is indispensable.

Don't put off facilities funding
___Already, legislators are talking about postponing until a special session next year any consideration of the school facilities issue because it is just too complicated for the regular session, where lawmakers will have to wrestle with 3,000 bills. House Speaker Bill Stovall, D-Quitman, said representatives were enlisting his support for the postponement but that he was undecided. [FULL TEXT]




Two birthdays celebrated While a parade Monday in downtown Little Rock honored Dr. Martin Luther King (above right), E.J. Hart (left), said he was exercising his right to freedom of speech by honoring Gen. Robert E. Lee. Hart dressed as a rebel colonel and displayed five confederate flags in front of Cabot Alderman Jerry Stephens' Southside Hardware store on Hwy. 89 South.

Two birthdays celebrated
By JOAN MCCOY- Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
One of Cabot's new city council members celebrated the Martin Luther King/Robert E. Lee day with Confederate flags in front of his business and a local resident dressed in a Confederate uniform.

District disputes facilities need list
By SARA GREENE-Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>Holman tells Cabot School Board many of the problems cited in the state report were fixed. [STORY]

Harmony reigns on council in Cabot

By JOAN MCCOY- Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>New aldermen bring an end to acrimony as they seek plans for a sewer plant


Devils get over the hump

By RAY BENTON - Leader sports editor
>>> IN SHORT>>>
After falling short in first two league games, Jacksonville beats leader[SPORTS]

Reed's Bridge seen as major draw

By RICK KRON- Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
Reed's Bridge Battlefield stands to become a premier Civil War site in central Arkansas. It is not the most well-known but may be the best-preserved of the state's battlefield sites. [STORY]


Relay for Life

>>> IN SHORT>>>Cabot rallies residents for spring fund-raising event [FEATURE]

January 12, 2005

Reservists get medals for Iraq service
>>> IN SHORT>>>Youngsters welcome Aerial Port Squadron [STORY]

TIF districts get warning
By DOUG THOMPSON-Arkansas news Bureau
>> IN SHORT>>> _Tax Increment Finance districts cannot touch any part of the state-mandated 25-mill minimum for school maintenance and operations, including tax revenue growth, the state attorney general concluded Tuesday [STORY]

General: Public should lobby

for more C-130Js

By JOAN MCCOY- Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
Civilians must carry the fight to keep production going, Hodges tells LRAFB community council.[STORY]

Panthers make loud statement with upset

Leader sports editor
>>> IN SHORT>>>
Cabot boys control West Memphis throughout evening to pull off early season upset of defending conference and state champion Blue Devils.[SPORTS]

Plan could alleviate congestion

By RICK KRON- Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
The state Highway Department doesn't know when or how, but it does know what it wants to do to solve some of Jacksonville's traffic flow problems.


Becoming exceptional

>>> IN SHORT>>>These schools take a little extra time for their pupils [FEATURE]

January 5, 2005

Taking office

>>> IN SHORT>>>The wives of three prominent Lonoke County Republicans were sworn into office as justices of the peace on Saturday morning, giving Republicans control of the quorum court there for the first time in history.[STORY]

People make 2004 memorable
By RICK KRON-Staff Writer
>> IN SHORT>>> A teenager gets a new heart, another youngster fights leukemia, as does a popular state trooper, a young girl undergoes several operations and a soldier gets his medals. [STORY]

Utility has first meeting in Cabot

By JOAN MCCOY- Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
The new commission names J.M. Park chairman, but Eddie Joe Williams is dropped. [STORY]

Fastpitch tops last half of '04

Leader sports editor
>>> IN SHORT>>>
Red Devils shed demons in fall season[SPORTS]

Cabot council drops service

By JOAN MCCOY- Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
Aldermen vote to dismiss AET ambulance company and will use MEMS as a temporary replacement. [STORY]


Lonoke dive team
>>> IN SHORT>>>Rescuers get to the bottom of the situation [FEATURE]

December 29, 2004

Area recovers from weather

By RICK KRON -Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>The snow is gone, but towing services and body shops are doing a booming business after last week's snow and ice that brought the area a white Christmas. [STORY]

Cabot family distraught over suicide of surgeon
>> IN SHORT>>>The doctor who had given youth a temporary heart pump and then a new heart talked to Marcuses before he killed himself. [STORY]

Cabot officials still at odds

By JOAN MCCOY- Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
Mayor Stumbaugh is unhappy with a city council decision to approve seven members to a new public utilities commission and vetoed one of the appointments.Thursday. [STORY]

Devils scramble past Conway

Leader sports writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
Jacksonville advances to second round for rematch with Mills[SPORTS]

Who voted for name change?

By RICK KRON- Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
Original members of Jack-sonville Cen-tennial had no say in handing over their nonprofit charter to a private club that has been serving alcohol for years and now offers adult entertainment. [STORY]


Homegrown talent
>>> IN SHORT>>> Beebe Elementary students get the chance to show off their many aptitudes [FEATURE]

December 22, 2004

Cabot hoping to end contract
By JOAN MCCOY-Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>The city council i s upset that it took Arkansas Emergency Transport 27 minutes to answer a call. [STORY]

Funding for future highways a dilemma
>> IN SHORT>>>Experts say toll roads likely if all elses fails. [STORY]

Area prepares for possible snow

By RICK KRON- Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
Temperatures will drop, bringing with it a wintry mix. Snow later Wednesday, with more Thursday. [STORY]

Red Devil Classic

Leader sports writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
JHS hosting high profile holiday basketball event. [SPORTS]

Civic group helps open private club

By RICK KRON- Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
Peaches and its predecessors used the cover of a historical society to get a club license in Jacksonville. [STORY]


Above and beyond

>>> IN SHORT>>>
Two Cabot School District employees awarded with grants for classroom integrity. [FEATURE]

December 15, 2004

Base impact at $502M
>>> IN SHORT>>>New construction worth about $100 million at LRAFB boosts spending to record levels, as well as the arrival of the C-130Js and other new improvements at the Jacksonville facility. [STORY]

Chili's seeking private club license
By RICK KRON-Staff Writer
>> IN SHORT>>> Chili's Bar and Grill has filed an application with the ABC to allow the sale of acoholic beverages in its restaurant to be built in Jacksonville. [STORY]

Several are voted on utility in Cabot

By JOAN MCCOY - Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
The choices have been tallied for seven positions on a new public utilities commission for Cabot and some familiar names are among the top picks. [STORY]

Falcons repeat as Pioneer champs

Leader sports writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
The North Pulaski Falcons successfully defended their title as Batesville tournament champions Saturday. [SPORTS]

Lonoke is facing budget cutbacks

By JOAN HOFHEIMER - Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
Reductions in law enforcement, at the health department, the library and the council on aging would help balance the budget, city officials say, although a tax increase may also be needed. [STORY]

Christmas around the world

>>> IN SHORT>>>
Students at Magness Creek Elemetary School discover how other cultures celebrate the Holidays. [FEATURE]

Beebe questions numbers

Superintendent says data incorrect
Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>Beebe School Superintendent Kieth Williams told the school board Monday night that the state facilities study for Beebe was inaccurate [STORY]

Camp Robinson will get $33M helicopter facility
>> IN SHORT>>> A groundbreaking cermony was held Saturday for a new Army aviation support facility at Camp Robinson. [STORY]

Schools still scrambling over costs for repairs

By JOHN HOFHEIMER- Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
For now the Arkansas School Facilities Report may raise as many questions as it has answers while officials grapple with the details on how to fix infrastructure. [STORY]

Lions win Bank Classic

Special to the Leader
>>> IN SHORT>>>
A team dominated by youth relied on an old hand as the Searcy Lions knocked off Camden Fairview. [SPORTS]

Cabot Center faces downsizing

By JOAN MCCOY - Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
As costs soar, Cabot Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh and the city council have told the architects to go back to the drawing board and figure out what, if any cuts can be made so construction can continue as hoped. [STORY]

He's making a list
>>> IN SHORT>>> Santa Claus helped light the Christmas tree in Ward as the city held its fifth annual Christmas tree lighting. [FEATURE]

January 19, 2005

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