Gathering at the trough
Tax-increment financing, the commercial developerŐs fantasy, has given new meaning to the term Ňfeeding frenzy.Ó Since the legislature moved to put teeth into the constitutional amendment that allowed the creation of the TIF districts, developers in every booming city in Arkansas have put on the feed bag. [FULL TEXT]

Our sorry legislature
It is the nature of the Arkansas General Assembly, which does the stateŐs business once every two years, that it will end in frenzy and confusion, although ordinarily the lawmakers wrap it up not with accusations but with congratulations, whether they are merited or not. This time, the sense of failure and the scent of scandal are everywhere palpable.

Win Paul vs. Asa
For the first time in 16 years, Arkansas seems guaranteed of a real primary contest for governor in 2006 and, as it was in 1990, it will be between Republicans. More than a year before the traditional filing period, Lt. Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller and Asa Hutchinson announced that they would seek the Republican nomination.

Glover again comes to school's rescue
Tax-increment financing, which in the KingŐs English means stealing from school children, looked like it was dead a few weeks ago when Attorney General Mike Beebe spelled out clearly what it meant.








IN SHORT: After several high-profile cases, communities worry about their children, but prosecutors are taking a tough stance against sex offenders, many of whom are serving long sentences. [STORY]

Sheriff fights abusers with limited funds
IN SHORT>>Rural White County is seeing a rising number of sex offenders [STORY]

Molesters go too far, eventually get caught
FROM THE PUBLISHER>>Pedophiles are in the news these days. Maybe there arenŐt more of them out there, itŐs just that more children are speaking out and prosecutors are handing down more indictments.[STORY]

Change of command Col. John Gomez, right, takes command of the 463rd Airlift Group after receiving the unit guidon from Lt. Gen. William Welser III, Air Mobility Command commander, during a change of command ceremony Friday at Little Rock Air Force Base.

Teachers want cuts elsewhere
IN SHORT: PCSSD board is divided over reductions that must be made in order to balance the districtŐs budget. [STORY]

Legislators put schools in tight spot
IN SHORT:Senators approve facilities bill, but many districts are unhappy, will file lawsuits.[STORY]

Several consider running for mayor in Cabot in '06
IN SHORT: As Stumbaugh considers a race for Congress, former Mayor Allman and others ponder a mayoral race. [STORY]


Lady Badgers battle swarm IN SHORT>> Beebe High SchoolŐs softball team beat Sheridan in a non-conference game last Friday, moves to within one game of a 20-win season at 19-4. [STORY]

Lady Devils on two game losing streak IN SHORT>> Jacksonville softball team loses to Searcy and Greenbrier last week. It was the teamŐs first back-to-back losses this season. [STORY]



C-130-J called 'magnificent'
IN SHORT:Lt. Gen. John R. Baker, vice commander of Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., flew a new C-130J transport plane to Little Rock Air Force Base on Tuesday afternoon and pulled up between two hangars. [STORY]

Cabot to vote on higher taxes for projects
IN SHORT: Public to decide in two months if higher mills should pay for community center, railroad overpass.. [STORY]

Bill would open up clemency process
IN SHORT:Cabot has to raise funds to get railroad bridge built early or wait several more years. [STORY]

Catholics celebrate pope's life
IN SHORT>> Catholics pause to remember the Holy FatherŐs passing in local masses. Services are planned for the rest of the week. [STORY]


Errors abound
Lady Devils make several mistakes, rebound [STORY]

Cabot shuts out JHS
IN SHORT>>The Cabot Panther boys and girls soccer teams swept Jacksonville for the second time this season, and this time it really meant something. [STORY]


A C-130 named Lonoke
IN SHORT>>Best kept secret is out with naming of plane [STORY]


Center to help abused youngsters
IN SHORT>> The couple who lost their son after a child predator molested him and dozens of children have honored their sonŐs memory with the opening of the Wade Knox Child Advocacy Center in Lonoke. [STORY]

Colleges taking notice
CabotŐs Kim Sitzmann has become one of ArkansasŐ premier hoopsters [STORY]

Sylvan Hills takes two from Devils
IN SHORT>>Bears stay atop standings with route of Jacksonville [STORY]


March 23, 2005

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]

April 13, 2005



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