Committee must not let Deltic dirty our water Rep. Will Bond, the Jacksonville Democrat who is chairman of the House Committee on City, County and Local Affairs, opens hearings today on a brazen attempt by developers to muddy our drinking water while they would build $1 million mansions in the Lake Maumelle watershed.

Developer determined to win over legislature
If you walk into a fancy restaurant in Little Rock, chances are youŐll see a bunch of dark suits entertaining groups of legislators in light polyester sport coats with shirt collars open and ties loose.[FULL TEXT]

Warren Knight: Visionary who did a world of good
Publisher A gentle rain fell Sunday evening only hours after Warren Knight passed away in his sleep at the age of 71 in his Cabot home.

Deltic flexes it muscle
Today we may get a verdict on whether the economic muscle of one big corporation can trump the vital interests of 360,000 people. All the evidence so far suggests it can in the Arkansas legislature in 2005.

Huck caves in on gambling
Here is an acknowledgement that we woefully uency of the Arkansas Legislatnderestimated the efficiure in the age of term limits.

Biggest scandal at the Legislature Scandals do not have to originate in secrecy. They can be open and aboveboard from the first. [FULL TEXT]

Gambling bill calls for a veto Arkansas voters have been turning down initiatives to authorize casino gambling since 1964, but now itŐs coming anyway to a city not too far from you, thanks to the General Assembly. [FULL TEXT]

Another giveaway to special interests
It is an article of faith with lawmakers that they never stand taller than when they stoop to help a big industry avoid taxes. [FULL TEXT]

Bond shows guts on minimum wage It was in the Great Depression that the United States decided as a national doctrine that there was a minimum sum of money that every honest hour of work by an American was worth, whatever the content of the labor.

Committee favors slumlord protection Committee favors slumlord protection ŇTenants have very few rights under current Arkansas law.Ó That is the opening line of an informational Web site on landlord-tenant law operated by the Arkansas attorney general. [FULL TEXT]

End death penalty for young people
Arkansas is one of only 21 small dominions on earth where an eye for an eye is still the operating theology with juveniles. [FULL TEXT]

Deltic Timber tries Trojan Horse gambit Just when it appears that people in Central Arkansas can celebrate the prospect of another quarter-century of clean water the word comes that the developers have been reading classical mythology. They resurrected the Trojan Horse.

Second unit pushes Social Security reform
The first team having failed to generate even a first down in the big Social Security showdown, the Bush administration this week sent the second unit to Arkansas in the person of Treasury Secretary John Snow. As far as we could tell, the yard marker never moved.




Leader photo by ChristyHendricks

Members of the 39th Infantry Brigade arrived at Fort Sill, Okla., Saturday after a year in Iraq. Many of them will be back in Arkansas today.

Committee hearing on water rights
IN SHORT: Despite an intensive lobbying effort and full-page ads in the statewide daily, Deltic Timber's effort to win legislation enabling it to build 170 pricey homes uphill from the Lake Maumelle reservoir could die in a Wednesday morning meeting. [STORY]

Military looks to close bases
IN SHORT>> Military looks to close bases bases LRAFB in good shape as another BRAC review gets underway [STORY]

PCSSD could spend $25M on improvements
IN SHORT>> Distressed school district is seeking federal and state aid to build a new structure on the middle school campus and fund several academic programs. [STORY]


Gas prices continue to climb above $2
IN SHORT>> The record is shattered
as managers here predict the cost per
gallon could reach $2.50. [STORY]

Red Devils sweep up Falcons
IN SHORT>>The Jacksonville Red Devils pulled off a doubleheader sweep of crosstown rival North Pulaski on the soccer pitch Monday night in a non-conference matchup.[STORY]


Lady Devils run-rule Sylvan Hills in shutout
IN SHORT>>Jacksonville stays perfect with win over Lady Bears[STORY]



About 4,000 people eased on down the road to Cabot to attend performances
of "The Wiz" at Cabot High School last week. [STORY]

March 16, 2005

TOP STORY>> Support growing for more C-130Js
By JOHN HOFHEIMER- Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
A retired general who once commanded Little Rock Air Force Base told 800 airmen, guests and community leaders that the Secretary of Defense is reconsidering the decision to pull the plus on C-130J procurement.

TOP STORY>> 39th Infantry women coming home
By JOAN MCCOY-Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>Medics who served in Iraq for a year are closer to their families in Jacksonville and Cabot after returning to Fort Sill, Okla. TheyŐll be home in early April.[STORY]

TOP STORY>> PCSSDŐs surplus of $17M is gone
By JOHN HOFHEIMER- Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>>
The Pulaski County Special School District is among 11 in Arkansas designated as in fiscal distress, a designation that could result in the state imposing its own superintendent or replacing the school board. [STORY]

SPORTS>> Cabot comes back on Wildcats
By RAY BENTON - Leader sports editor
>>> IN SHORT>>>
Three runs in sixth lift Lady Panthers [SPORTS]

SPORTS>> Devils make it three straight
Leader sports editor
Jacksonville beats Hall Warriors 12-2


Friends say Carleen Peterson, 67, of the Oak Grove community doesnŐt believe in retirement. [STORY]

March 9, 2005

TOP STORY>> Air Force favors
keeping C-130Js

IN SHORT: Vice Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley has joined a top Marine general in calling for a review of the PentagonŐs decision to end the C-130J acquisition program, which, the generals say, would leave a hole in the nationŐs ability to deliver troops and supplies where they are needed.

to separate boy, girls
IN SHORT: When some Jacksonville-area students return to classes in August, the boys will head to the junior high campus and the girls to the middle school campus, the Pulaski County Special School District Board decided by a 6-1 vote Tuesday night. {FULL TEXT}

TOP STORY>> Franchise tax hike
to pay ambulance

Cabot aldermen meeting as the finance committee Saturday morning discussed raising franchise fees to pay for building an ambulance service for the city. {FULL TEXT}


SPORTS>> AL Owls overpower Comets
IN SHORT:Offensive bursts in first and third innings lead Owls to win over Mills.

Gage Hayley checks out the camera while his brothers Gunner, back left, and Greyson watch some TV. The identical Haley triplets recently celebrated their first birthdays.

ThreeŐs not a crowd at the Haley home No, you're not seeing triple. There really are three of them.

March 23, 2005



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