A new library for $20 a year
Libraries are a measure of our civilization. [FULL TEXT]

Do not weep for Asa
The state Ethics Commission ruled Monday that Asa Hutchinson cannot use a $150,000 carryover from his 2000 congressional campaign to help bankroll his campaign for governor. [FULL TEXT]

Beebe enters the fray
A full year ahead of the Arkansas primaries, all the major commanders if not their armies are now in the field. He may not be the last Democrat to enter the race for governor in 2006, but Attorney General Mike Beebe, who made it official yesterday, will be the Democratic candidate for governor barring being caught in flagrante delicto doing something dreadfully impolitic. [FULL TEXT]

An apology
The United States Senate, by an unrecorded voice vote, formally apologized Monday to the families and descendants of thousands of men and women who were lynched over a century of grim history.

Can divided court stand?
It is settled then. The Arkansas Supreme Court has the power to immediately review the work of the General Assembly and the governor on public education, and it is going to do it. That should be a fine victory for the public schools, the children and all of us who believe that the caliber of their schooling holds our future as well as theirs.











Change along Hwy. 67/167 corridor could start next Monday evening

Barring last-minute glitches, commuters will awaken Tuesday morning to find Landers and Warden roads between McCain Boulevard and Wildwood Avenue converted to one one-way roads, according to the state Highway and Transportation Department. [FULL TEXT]


Leader gets 21 awards from APA
IN SHORT: The Leader has won 21 awards, including six first-place honors, in the Arkansas Press Association's Better Newspaper News-Editorial Contest. [FULL TEXT]

Lesson: FOI law must be obeyed
IN SHORT: Beebe board told to hold more of its meetings in public as critic is silenced. [FULL TEXT]

Sewage rates may double in Cabot
IN SHORT: Aldermen move toward raising sewer costs to build new treatment plant. [FULL TEXT]

Bank appeals ruling on new Ozarks branch
IN SHORT: First Arkansas Bank files an appeal to have Bank of the Ozarks' Jacksonville branch approval reversed.

Idea House
Benefit is set in Cabot for Open Arms on July 9-10

Gwatney AAA team improves to .500
Jacksonville’s AAA American Legion team swept Sheridan on Saturday, the team will split with Searcy Monday to move to 5-5 on the season.

Piranhas top Bryant-Lonoke team
The Cabot Piranhas youth swim team got its first win of the season Saturday against the Lonoke-Bryant consolidated swim team at the Lonoke Community Center.


June 15, 2005

Brig. Gen. (Select) Joseph Reheiser steps on the tarmac Tuesday after flying a new C-130J to Little Rock Air Force Base, the fourth assigned to the base.


Air base gets top planners' attention
IN SHORT: The staff at Metroplan is looking at ways to accommodate an influx of new jobs and personnel at Little Rock Air Force Base. Ideas include widening Hwy. 67/167 from Jacksonville to Cabot, as well as parts of Hwy. 89. [FULL TEXT]

School board upholds cuts
IN SHORT: PCSSD employees lose their plea Tuesday to have their step pay increases and paid holidays restored, but they threaten a possible lawsuit. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot sets tax vote for new center, overpass
IN SHORT: Lonoke County Election Commission approves July 12 balloting on millage hike.

Learning to swim
Cabot Parks and Recreation offers lessons to kids of all ages

Panthers see better play with two twinbill splits
Cabot takes one each from Jacksonville and Vilonia

Jacksonville gets back on track with sweep of SH
Gwatney A team continued their winning ways Sunday afternoon, defeating Sylvan Hills 10-3. Sylvan Hills made the first strike by getting a walk, an error by Jacksonville, and a double to score one.


June 8, 2005

Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department aquatics manager Diane Novotny checks over last minute details before Splash Zone, the city's new aquatic park, opens to the public Saturday.



District sees $3.5M drop for school year
IN SHORT: Miscalculated savings from cutting paid holidays and decline in state aid leave the Pulaski County Special School District short of expectations. [FULL TEXT]

Schools to get single-gender classes in fall
IN SHORT: Adopted last winter with great fanfare, plans to separate Jacksonville's sixth, seventh and eighth graders by gender for core classes languished in recent months, but the plan is back on track for an August launch, Bishop James Bolden III said Monday. [FULL TEXT]

Matriarch of family is praised
IN SHORT: Funeral today for Ruth Wilson, who touched the lives of many who knew her.

Farewell to soldier killed in Iraq
IN SHORT: Funeral services here on Monday and last week at Fort Lewis, Wash., honor a fallen young fighter who gave his life for his country. [FULL TEXT]

Model Citizens
IN SHORT: Charles and Mary Garner named Beebe's top residents

Gwatney wins A tourney crown
IN SHORT: Jacksonville’s Gwatney Chevrolet class A American Legion team became the first Gwatney A team to win its annual preseason tournament, beating Benton 10-1 Sunday night to secure the tournament title. [FULL TEXT]

Lookouts split with Stuttgart Sunday
IN SHORT: Legion teams trade blowout victories.


June 1, 2005

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 Children's 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
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]


June 22, 2005



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