The Leader

A preacher's legacy
If a pastor is God’s vicar on earth, his life ought to be measured by the number of souls that he saved or at least by his effort.

Welcome back, Col. Schatz
The 314th Airlift Wing has a new commander, but Col. Rowayne A. Schatz is no stranger to these parts. A decade ago, he commanded the 50th Airlift Squadron at the base, where the squadron was voted the best in Air Mobility Command.

Fuel efficiency must improve
Was it the prospect of $4-a-gallon gasoline and perpetual war in the region where we get much of our oil, the growing dismay over global warming, a timely decision by the U. S. Supreme Court or the rising chorus from Democratic presidential candidates demanding higher fuel standards?

Charters flop
Charter schools, like vouchers, are a typical educational panacea. [FULL TEXT]

Our money goes where?
Paul Suskie has been on the job as the state’s top utility regulator for only a few months, but he wasted no time earning our confidence.


Famed photographer had roots in area
If you turn off Hwy. 5 at Cabot near the freeway and drive down Cleland Road for less than a mile, you’ll come to Mt. Pleasant Road.

U.S. prosecutor demoted over bullying e-mail
Witness in Campbell trial used his government computer and official title to try to intimidate newspaper with threat of a $50 million libel suit and takeover of The Leader.

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]

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]

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]












May 19, 2007

Major Gen. Irv Halter (left), 19th Air Force commander, the officiating officer at the change-of-command ceremony, salutes incoming 314th Airlift Wing commander Col. Rowayne Schatz Jr. as Chief Master Sgt. Brooke McLean looks on during the ceremony held Wednesday at Little Rock Air Force Base.

Schatz takes command
IN SHORT: It’s a homecoming for the California native, who commanded the award-winning 50th Airlift Squadron here. [FULL TEXT]

Campbell moved to Missouri
IN SHORT: The former Lonoke police chief is removed from Pine Bluff for his own safety under a cooperative agreement with other states, according to Arkansas Correction Department spokesperson Dina Tyler. [FULL TEXT]

Gas reaches record high
IN SHORT: Gasoline prices didn’t just break the $3 mark over the last few days; prices zoomed right past that barrier, marking a record for the state. [FULL TEXT]

From principal to super
IN SHORT: New Cabot superintendent stays focused before he takes on new job. [FULL TEXT]

ACE school honored in U.S. capital
IN SHORT: Cabot’s charter school, the Academic Center of Excellence (ACE), has been recognized as a national charter school of the year by the Center of Education Reform, the nation’s premiere education-reform group. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot district: Don't blame us
IN SHORT: Cabot School District is fighting back after an article in a Little Rock newspaper seemed to imply that district officials were responsible for the mismanagement of a federal grant for the state’s special-education program. [FULL TEXT]

City takes bite out of pit bulls
IN SHORT: Jacksonville ordinance will allow current owners to keep dogs if they comply with rules, but others must stay out. [FULL TEXT]


The Beebe Badgers line up in the dead T formation installed by new coach John Shannon,
a drastically different look from the spread offense run by Cam Prock for the last several seasons.

Beebe springs into dead T
IN SHORT: New Badger head coach John Shannon brings his experience as Cabot offensive coach to Beebe, along with the set. [FULL TEXT]

SH Bears learning new coach's way
IN SHORT: The 2007 Sylvan Hills football team turned out in strong numbers for the first week of spring practice; the first under new head coach Jim Withrow, formerly of Mills. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot enjoys early success from offense
IN SHORT: Good size on the offensive line and quarterback play has led to a productive spring session for the Panther offense. [FULL TEXT]


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