Group to buy 200,000 acres to save woodpecker
There's an abandoned railroad trestle bridge on a dirt road at the Dagmar Wildlife Management Area off Hwy. 70 just past Biscoe, where you can watch for birds before the weather gets hot and the mosquitoes want to eat you alive.

Call of the wild bird
"The greatest recovery this country has seen in 200 years," Sam Hamilton, southeast regional director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, told a town hall meeting Wednesday evening in Augusta. [FULL TEXT]

Reactions to series on predators
We're getting plenty of comments about our series on sexual predators. Many readers are sending their comments to our Web site.

Will Bond for speaker
Call us boosters and homers, but it seems important to us that Rep. Will Bond is elected speaker of the House of Representatives in 2007, a choice that the current House members probably will make tentatively this winter. [FULL TEXT]

Missing Mr. Smith
Pining for the good old days of vigilant government is not always misplaced nostalgia. [FULL TEXT]

The court 'next time'
There must be days when the title "justice" is a heavy mantle about the shoulders, and the bearer yearns to be on the other side of the bench. Such was Thursday, when the Arkansas Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a motion by 47 Arkansas school districts, including the Pulaski County Special School District, that the court reopen the Lake View school case.









Jacksonville High School assistant principal Bobby Pruitt speaks at the school's graduation held indoors Friday night at McArthur Assembly of God Church because of rain.


Soldiers who fell in Iraq praised
IN SHORT: Two service members from Jacksonville are killed within a week, along with another soldier from Van Buren. [FULL TEXT]

Hawkins taken to hospital
IN SHORT: Cabot youngster is admitted to Arkansas ChildrenÕs soon after his return from Jerusalem. [FULL TEXT]

Upscale apartments planned at Greystone
IN SHORT: Cabot is set to annex an area across from the expensive subdivision, which would also see new commercial development, including possibly a new grocery store.

Schools may see benefits from base growth
IN SHORT: Despite privatization of base housing and the expected influx of nearly 4,000 more people at LRAFB, districts find financial gains uncertain. [FULL TEXT]

Gwatney secures rematch for title
IN SHORT: Jacksonville class A team beats Benton and Conway Monday [FULL TEXT]

Young making it a hobby
IN SHORT: McRae native building points lead [FULL TEXT]

Dakota returns from Jerusalem
IN SHORT: Cancer patient is hailed along homecoming route to Cabot. [FULL TEXT]

May 25, 2005

Cabot graduation: A happy group of Cabot High School seniors throw their caps in the air during graduation ceremonies at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock on Friday. For more photos, see this week's edition of The Leader, available at newsstands now, and be sure to pick up the June 1 edition to get the special School Times
graduation section.


LRAFB biggest AF winner
IN SHORT: The base would see the most gains in the Air Force if the closure list is upheld and Bush and Congress sign off on it. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot group seeks ways to pay for sewer plant
IN SHORT: Disbanded commission meets to discuss options that would lessen the impact of rate increases on senior citizens. [FULL TEXT]

Aquatic center grand opening delayed one week
IN SHORT: The opening of Jacksonville's $2.5 million aquatic park has been delayed a week.

Court, legislature could clash, Bond warns
IN SHORT: The Jacksonville representative tells the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce that the state Supreme Court could tell lawmakers how much the state should spend on public school education. [FULL TEXT]

Early heat slows down Falcons' spring drills
IN SHORT: The North Pulaski Falcons got spring practice started again this week, and the unseasonable heat played a big role in just the third day of full pads. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot southpaw signs with coach-less Trojans
IN SHORT: Cabot pitcher Tim Payne became just the second Panther baseball player to sign a Division I scholarship when he signed on with the University of Arkansas-Little Rock last Thursday afternoon. Payne is a 6-foot, 4-inch southpaw. [FULL TEXT]


May 11, 2005

Moments after breaking ground for a town hall to anchor the ambitious new Little Rock Air Force Base housing privatization project, a trackhoe on Monday fired up and began tearing down outdated duplexes adjacent to the site. American Eagle Communities has five years to build or remodel 1,200 homes, for which it also has a contract worth $500 million to manage.

IN SHORT: A $1.2 million town hall is intended as a meeting place as the air base privatizes housing. [FULL TEXT]

Banks still at odds on branch
IN SHORT: Banks still at odds on branch IN SHORT: First Arkansas Bank and Trust is considering making an appeal in Pulaski County Circuit Court after the bank commissioner ruled that Bank of the Ozarks can build a branch in Jacksonville. [FULL TEXT]

Last class is set to get diplomas in McRae Friday
IN SHORT:Consolidation with Beebe spells the end of small school district [FULL TEXT]

A photograph of three students at Cabot High School is reprinted in the latest edition of The Science Teacher magazine. [FULL TEXT]

Sylvan Hills drops Bryant
IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills got one of the most improbable two-out rallies one could imagine Tuesday afternoon, advancing the Bears to their third-straight state championship game.


Beebe ladies top Goblins, Leopards
IN SHORT: The Beebe Lady Badgers played their way to within one win of the Class AAAA State Fastpitch Softball Championship on Saturday and Monday. [FULL TEXT]

May 4, 2005

Guests attend the grand opening of the Jacksonville Museum of Military History in downtown Jacksonville on Sunday. The museum, which has been in the planning stages for 20 years, features artifacts from several wars and is open every day. Photo by Brian Rodriguez

IN SHORT:Some 300 people on Sunday attended the grand opening ceremony in Jacksonville for a museum that has been planned for 20 years. [FULL TEXT]


Locating sex offenders
IN SHORT:A comprehensive survey of registered criminals reveals how many live in your community and how their numbers compare to the rest of the state. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot to pay for fee study
IN SHORT: But the city councilÕs finance committee still doesnÕt know how to pay for a study that recommends putting levies on construction.

School scare often chases off students
IN SHORT:Although hit lists should not be ignored, a former McRae superintendent warns against hysteria.

Districts to start on their facilities
IN SHORT: The new state school improvement board established emergency rules so districts can keep children Ōsafe, warm, dry and healthy.Ķ


NP wins, loses one at state
IN SHORT: NP ladies get schoolÕs first playoff win [FULL TEXT}

Hurricane blows past Cabot in conference doubleheader
IN SHORT: No harm was done to anything other than CabotÕs record, but the Panthers would have liked to have closed out their conference season on a better note than a doubleheader sweep at the hands of league champion Jonesboro. [FULL TEXT}


Cabot gears up for weekend's Strawberry Festival [FULL TEXT}


April 27, 2005

Gov. Mike Huckabee (front) announces two $10,000 rewards for information on recent school fires. Pulaski County Special School District Superintendent Don Henderson is on Huckabee's right. Leader photo by Brian Rodriguez

IN SHORT:The reward would come from Huckabee's emergency fund for information on fires at Sherwood Elementary School and Hope High School. [FULL TEXT]


CAW buys land, protects source
IN SHORT:Central Arkansas Water gathers steam in its move to protect the areaÕs drinking water with victories in the state legislature and in Pulaski County court. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot to pay for fee study
IN SHORT: But the city councilÕs finance committee still doesnÕt know how to pay for a study that recommends putting levies on construction.

Zoning causes concern in Beebe
IN SHORT:Underdeveloped property in proposed annexation area will be zoned commercial if voters approve idea in August.

Search for football coach underway
IN SHORT:JHS head coaching position was officially posted Friday and several people have already expressed interest in the job. [FULL TEXT}

Falcons are on a roll
IN SHORT: North Pulaski baseball is on a two-game winning streak. The Falcons dominated their last two opponents, beating crosstown rival Jacksonville 7-1 Friday, then disposing of Little Rock Hall 12-2 Monday afternoon in five innings. [FULL TEXT}


You might be Jane Balgavy if youÕre the guest of honor at the 10th annual Cabot Scholarship Foundation Roast and Toast. [FULL TEXT}


April 20, 2005

Senior Master Sgt. Timothy Standish, 314th Security Forces Squadron helps Jonathan Porter, 11, of Jacksonville, try on a helmet during KUDOS (Kids Understanding Deployment Operations) Saturday at Little Rock Air Force Base. Leader photo by Tom Galante


Improvement fund helps area
IN SHORT:Sen. Glover leads in lining up money for his pet projects, although Sen. Capps, Reps. Bond, Evans, Pate, Prater, Schulte and Wood also do well for their districts.

Where money would go
IN SHORT: Area legislators have secured millions of dollars from the General Improvement Fund for local projects.

PCSSD looking for big savings
IN SHORT: In preparation for a special Wednesday board meeting called to cut millions from the school board budget, the financial officer sees real savings from each proposed cut.

Cabot will decide on funding for overpass and center
IN SHORT: Bridge would be built early if millage passes, but center in limbo if measure fails.

City council wont' settle with official
IN SHORT: Clerk-treasurerÕs discrimination lawsuit against Cabot goes to trial in July.

He's upbeat on C-130Js, Berry says
IN SHORT: Ignoring the White House, Congress is pushing for more transport planes to help fight wars, although Berry complains of rising deficits without saying how they could be cut.



Jacksonville senior Charreka Connors hits a sacrifice grounder that scored Megan Peeples from third base during the Lady Devils doubleheader sweep of Forrest City Monday at Dupree Park. Connors reached base safely due to an error at first on the play.[FULL TEXT]
Leader photo by David Parker


Falcons inch closer to state playoff berth
IN SHORT: The North Pulaski boys soccer team played itself to within one win of qualifying for the state tournament last week with a 3-1 win over CrowleyÕs Ridge Academy in Paragould.


June 1, 2005



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