The Leader

Griffin out, but issue stays
J. Timothy Griffin chose to quit Friday as United States attorney for the eastern district of Arkansas, five months after he should have and four months before he had to.

Will legislators still do right?
For the first time in 15 years, Arkansas is not under a court order to improve its schools or the prospect of such an order. [FULL TEXT]

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.



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]












June 2, 2007

Kids find a cool spot at the Splash Zone on Memorial Day. In its third year, the Jacksonville outdoor pool facility off First Street exceeded its maximum capacity of 353 people during the holiday, when it opened for one day to accommodate local residents. The outdoor pool will open its regular season today.

Lawmakers happy court says state in compliance
IN SHORT: Area legislators pleased that long-running school funding case appears over after decision by high court. [FULL TEXT]

Base gets support in Congress
IN SHORT: Funding for the education center and flightline repairs seem assured after lawmakers approve funding bills for LRAFB. [FULL TEXT]

Food-tax reduction takes effect July 1
IN SHORT: Grocery stores are still scrambling to get ready for the lower levy, which drops from 6 percent to 3 percent. [FULL TEXT]

Sherwood wins case, gets land
IN SHORT: Circuit Court Judge Collins Kilgore ruled Thursday against Jacksonville in that city’s efforts to block a move of 2,000 acres. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot names high school principal
IN SHORT: An assistant to Tony Thurman has been promoted to fill his spot now that he has been made the district’s superintendent. [FULL TEXT]

North Belt Freeway construction may be postponed
IN SHORT: The highway department’s west Little Rock plans could slow down completion of the local loop, which still needs $200 million in funding. [FULL TEXT]


Heptathlon winner Whitney Jones, of Searcy, throws the shot put during day two of competition Thursday at Cabot High School.

Lady Lion wins heptathlon
IN SHORT: Searcy’s Whitney Jones finished a dominating year with two runaway performances. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot golfer puts name on Wonderboys’ roster
IN SHORT: Jacob Trammell will attend Arkansas Tech University starting in the fall. [FULL TEXT]

Sylvan Hills gets payback
IN SHORT: The Bruins avenged two losses at Dupree last week with a sweep over Gwatney. [FULL TEXT]


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