The Leader

Supre Court rejects TIFs
What we like about this state Supreme Court is its stern devotion to the Constitution, which is what we should always expect but do not always get from appellate courts.

Lynching of a judge
Arkansas will have to be told once again whether the First Amendment to the Constitution applies to Judge Wendell L. Griffen of the Arkansas Court of Appeals.

Firm must pay
The U.S. Supreme Court this week wrote the final chapter in the long-running suit over who should pay for the cleanup of the old Vertac chemical plant in Jacksonville. [FULL TEXT]

Entergy out of line
Utility ratemaking is an arcane science that governments from Little Rock to Sacramento practice with varying degrees of concern for the public interest.

Dividing spoils
Lawmakers and the lawyers appear to have worked out an arrangement that will keep the money flowing from General Improvement Funds into our communities without violating the state Constitution against directly funding local projects.

Alberto and Timothy
Everyone who was hoping that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales could reclaim a shred of credibility by convincing members of the Senate Judiciary Committee of his integrity had to be despondent Thursday.


Why didn’t feds take this case?
You may have wondered while you were following the corruption trial of Jay and Kelly Campbell in Lonoke County why the U.S. attorney’s office in Little Rock didn’t prosecute the couple, along with two shady bail bondsmen, who will be tried later.

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 28, 2007

Jimmy Pruitt cleans a carnival ride named Little Wheel at the Veterans Park Community Center in Cabot Friday preparing for Cabot’s Strawberry Festival which runs all day today. There will be plenty of locally-grown strawberries, vendors, entertainment and rides for all ages.

Term limits to end legislators’ careers
IN SHORT: All termed out and no place to go, state representatives from Jacksonville, Cabot, Sherwood and Lonoke are ineligible to run again, making way for new faces. [FULL TEXT]

Williams will visit Congress for funds
IN SHORT: Cabot mayor wants state’s congressional delegation to help with roads, a new post office and a new National Guard armory. [FULL TEXT]

Drinking, drug use a teenage problem
IN SHORT: State lacks programs to help prevent abuse among area youth.

Lawyer expects couple to post bond
IN SHORT:Former Lonoke Police Chief Jay Campbell and his wife Kelly could be freed on appeals bonds as early as Tuesday, but it could be more than a year before the state Supreme Court hears their appeal, Mark Hampton, her lawyer, said Thursday. [FULL TEXT]

City could get woman for mayor
IN SHORT: Is Sherwood ready for a woman mayor? It might get one, as two of the five candidates for mayor are female. [FULL TEXT]

Students will attend high school campus
IN SHORT: Committee recommends sending seventh and ninth graders from Cabot Junior High North to the high school until a new school is built at the site of the burned-out CJHN campus. [FULL TEXT]

District aims to complete zones soon
IN SHORT: The Cabot School District hopes to have the new rezoning map for elementary attendance zones completed by the May school board meeting. [FULL TEXT]



Kristy Shinn signs her national letter of intent for Southern Arkansas University as her grandfather, Joe Shinn, left, and father Bill Shinn look on along with teammates.

SH catcher readying to become a Reddy
IN SHORT: Senior Taylor Roark will continue his education and baseball career at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia starting in the fall. [FULL TEXT]

Jackrabbit guard signs with SAU
IN SHORT: Kristy Shinn is headed to Magnolia after helping to lead the Lady Jackrabbits to the 4A state title game. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville proves point, beats Marion
IN SHORT: The Lady Red Devils may have come up short of the 6A-East Conference championship, but made a big statement with a win over league-winning Marion, who was unbeaten in East play.


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