The Leader

Straight talk from Beebe
Gov. Beebe climbed the ladder of political success by coming pretty close to pleasing everybody as a state senator and attorney general, but after getting elected governor he has become the real version of the Straight Talk Express. We like the conversion. [FULL TEXT]

Rude owners
The Jacksonville City Council made a mistake when it voted to ban pit bulls at its meeting Thursday night.

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?


How city wiped out vet’s investment
A veteran of Vietnam, Iraq and the former Yugoslavia, Jim Eggert bought two commercial buildings in Jacksonville, but the closing of the Graham Road rail crossing killed business. He’s put his property up for sale, but he’ll have to take a huge loss.

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 23, 2007

Valedictorian Brittany Bass, second from right, leads the processional of Beebe High School’s graduating class into A.S. Erwin Stadium Friday for their commencement ceremony. Jacksonville, North Pulaski and Sylvan Hills high school seniors will graduate this weekend as commencement ceremonies wrap up. See more graduation photos in the special Graduation Spotlight next Wednesday.

City has 20 days to reply to suit
IN SHORT: Owners of the North Hills Country Club golf course say moratorium illegal. [FULL TEXT]

Graduation day for area seniors
IN SHORT: More than 760 seniors graduated Friday night from Cabot, Beebe and Lonoke high schools, and about 550 more will graduate this weekend from Jacksonville, North Pulaski and Sylvan Hills high schools as commencement ceremonies are taking place in the area. [FULL TEXT]

Ex-mayor prepares to fight if charges are filed
IN SHORT: Stumbaugh seeks documents at city hall to defend himself as investigation continues.[FULL TEXT]

Overpass is taking more hits
IN SHORT: For the second time in just over a year, an accident has torn up the old-style Hwy. 67/167 southbound overpass railing at Main Street in Jacksonville. [FULL TEXT]

Payoff held till center in compliance
IN SHORT: Cabot keeping final $40,000 payment until building meets handicapped requirements.[FULL TEXT]


The Lonoke Jackrabbits practiced both run and pass during Monday afternoon practice at Abraham Field.

More options for ’Rabbits
IN SHORT: Lonoke will add the pro-set formation to its already-existing spread. [FULL TEXT]

New-look Lions see positives in wing T
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]

Local athletes dominate All-Star softball
IN SHORT: The East fastpitch team roster will mostly be made up of seniors from The Leader coverage area. [FULL TEXT]


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