The Leader

Bottom of the Barrel
The religion editor of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette scored an unlikely scoop by calling up former President Jimmy Carter and getting him to say that President Bush was the worst president in history from the standpoint of the United States’ relations with the world.

Huckabee as a clown
There is no history of anyone wisecracking his way into the presidency of the United States, or for that matter any other high office.

Pit bull owners
To the editor:
In my opinion, the Jacksonville City Council made two mistakes when it voted to ban pit bulls.


U.S. attorney plot thickens
Witnesses come and witnesses go, but not one of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ former and present aides gives him the slightest nourishment in his effort to outlast the storm over his leadership of the nation’s law-enforcement system.

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]


Next move may be up to federal prosecutor
When the FBI completes its public-corruption probe into former Cabot Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh’s administration, interim U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin in Little Rock could be the one who decides whether to file charges against Stumbaugh and his cronies.

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 30, 2007

LeeAnne Maxey, from left, Garett Eller, Heather Gillmore, Cameron Luth, Lana Bogoslavsky and Anthony Pavan, all Sylvan Hills honor grads, spiritedly sing their alma mater during the school’s graduation ceremonies held Saturday at Jack Stephens Center at UALR.

Graduation for area seniors
IN SHORT: The skies were filled with mortarboards and “Pomp and Circumstance” echoed in the halls as more than 1,200 area seniors took the final steps of their high school careers during graduation ceremonies held in the past weeks. [FULL TEXT]

Spurned buyer revamps plan
IN SHORT: Sherwood developer is willing to go from 200 homes down to 34 and keep nine holes privately opened in his latest bid for the 106-acre North Hills facility. [FULL TEXT]

Mayor will find funds to pay for firefighters
IN SHORT: Williams says he will try to get the money to hire three full-time, 21 pay-per-call firefighters. [FULL TEXT]

Collective efforts on new water
IN SHORT: In the water world, five years is now, according to those who try to keep the faucets running for all the rest of us who give it no thought. [FULL TEXT]

Alleged killer has hearing rescheduled
IN SHORT: Family and former bosses showed up in Pulaski County Circuit Court Tuesday for the mental health hearing of a 25-year-old Jacksonville man alleged to have killed a 5-year-old Jacksonville girl in October 2005, but the hearing was cancelled. [FULL TEXT]


Gwatney second baseman Shelby Wilcox tags a Texarkana runner out during Jacksonville’s 10-1 win Sunday afternoon at Burns Park. Gwatney went 2-1 on the weekend.

Chevy boys win two, lose one
IN SHORT: The Gwatney Chevrolet legion ‘A’ squad had a solid showing over the weekend at Burns Park. [FULL TEXT]

Panther grad set for ATU program
IN SHORT: Former Cabot Lady Panthers forward Jamie Sterrenberg will be a Golden Sun at Arkansas Tech University for the next four years. [FULL TEXT]

Fourth signing at Hillside
IN SHORT: UALR signee Ross Bogard became the fourth SH senior to sign a college baseball scholarship this year. [FULL TEXT]


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