The Leader

Prosecution wins big one
A Lonoke County jury deliberated less than two days before finding former Lonoke Police Chief Jay Campbell and his wife Kelly guilty on multiple corruption charges involving sex, drugs, stolen jewelry, misuse of prisoners and a host of other serious accusations.

Vote on bonds November '08
The state Highway Commission is pondering whether it would be better to put a highway bond issue before the voters at a special election during the next year or at the general election in 2008. That ought to be a no-brainer: Do it at a general election, where perhaps four times as many voters get to have a say.

Gonzales must go
Alberto Gonzales will go to Capitol Hill next week to persuade a skeptical Congress and public and maybe even a dubious president that he deserves another chance — is this the eighth or the ninth? — to be an effective attorney general, but he has become sadly almost beside the point. [FULL TEXT]

Bungling works out
Arkansas’s long nightmare is over — well, it was 10 days! — and the Razorbacks have a head basketball coach. While the coaching record of John Pelphrey at South Alabama is not spectacular (80-67 in a weak conference of directional schools) he seems to have the exuberance and charisma to be an outstanding coach.

Beebe's weak pen
Gov. Mike Beebe wielded his veto pen more infrequently than nearly every governor of modern times.


Politics at local level rough, just ask mayor
“All politics is local.”
— Thomas “Tip” O’Neill,
— longtime Speaker of the House
The political pros know that voters are more passionate about local issues than about national politics, even in time of war.

You cannot judge a book by its cover
The cover of Elizabeth Jacoway’s book on the Central High School integration crisis reproduces one of the most famous photos of the civil rights era. [FULL TEXT]

Terrific music from a favorite label
Robert Bilbo Walker was performing New Year’s Eve at Sarah’s Kitchen, a small eatery in Clarksdale, Miss., playing many of his songs from his old Rooster Blues CDs, “Promised Land” and “Rock the Night: Live in Chicago.” [FULL TEXT]

Good guy decides he won’t run
It must have come as a relief to the already crowded field of presidential candidates when Sen. Chuck Hagel announced Monday he won’t seek the Republican presidential nomination, at least not just yet. [FULL TEXT]

Stackhouse label keeps blues alive
Jim O’Neal, co-founder of Living Blues magazine, is back in the record business with a new label after the demise of Rooster Blues, which issued some of the most important blues of the last 25 years, including several first-rate musicians from Arkansas, such as the late Larry Davis, as well as Willie Cobbs and Lonnie Shields, who are still performing. [FULL TEXT]

First-class care, pay essential for military
The scandal over the shabby treatment veterans receive at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington and elsewhere tells only half the story. [FULL TEXT]

State plane flies again: Say it ain’t so, Mike
The Leader was complaining in an editorial Saturday about former Gov. Huckabee wearing out that State Police plane after he hijacked it for his personal use, flying with family and friends to all the fun places, high above the great unwashed — that’s us, the taxpayers who’re now supposed to shell out $4 million for a new airplane because Gov. Beebe likes it, too. [FULL TEXT]












April 18, 2007

Kelly Campbell, right, waits with her attorney Mark Hampton in a Cabot courtroom as the jury deliberates in the case that has riveted Lonoke since corruption charges were brought against Kelly and her husband, former police chief Jay Campbell.

Couple found guilty
IN SHORT: Former Lonoke Police Chief Jay Campbell was convicted of running a criminal enterprise and both he and his wife were also convicted on two dozen other charges. [FULL TEXT]

Campbells get 619 years total
IN SHORT: Jury recommends Jay Campbell’s 315 years and Kelly Campbell’s 304 years to run concurrent, meaning Campbell could be out in 10 years and his wife in less than four years.

Tax to help Jacksonville attractions
IN SHORT: Jacksonville’s military museum wants to park a C-130 just to the north of the museum, and at least $120,000 year in tax-generated funding.

Buyer offers to sell city country club for $5.1M
IN SHORT: Buyers will close this week on North Hills Country Club and already have an offer on the property as the city discusses the possibility of buying and operating the golf course.

Cabot opens new road to alleviate congestion
IN SHORT: Construction of the 2.5-mile roadway, joining Hwy. 5 and Wal-Mart, was a joint effort.



The North Pulaski Lady Falcons are the 2007 conference champions for 5A-East. NP beat Batesville on Friday 4-0.

Tailback taking next step
IN SHORT: Two-year All Conference player Justin Akins has been one of the most closely watched college candidates in Jacksonville. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Falcons shut out BHS for 5A-East championship
IN SHORT: North Pulaski’s women went through their conference schedule undefeated to claim the only varsity conference title for NPHS in 2007. [FULL TEXT]

First-inning run enough to get past LR Catholic
IN SHORT: Cabot scored in its first at-bat and held on for a 1-0 victory over the Rockets Saturday in a rain-soaked 7A-Central matchup. [FULL TEXT]


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