The Leader

Why we’re paying more
If you buy your electricity from Entergy you will be pleased to know that beginning this month you will help pay the light bills every month for nearly 2 million people and businesses in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Huck’s tax falls flat
If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. In a political campaign, make that always.

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.


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 6, 2007

Johnny McNair, right, gives balloons to people on the Little Hunny’s Daycare parade float Saturday before the Austin Fest parade began. The parade started at 10 a.m. followed by a day of festivities for all who participated. Residents from Austin and surrounding areas came.

Pit bulls squeezed out
IN SHORT: Jacksonville’s ban starts June 17, but Sherwood sees more pits, even though they have been banned for 20 years. [FULL TEXT]

Planner resigns, says city faltering
IN SHORT: Former chairman of the Jacksonville Planning Commission says inconsistent policies have caused developers to be leery of dealing with the city’s regulators. [FULL TEXT]

Meeting, lawsuit, appraisal add fuel
IN SHORT: Sherwood Facilities Board takes on two more members after a long period of inactivity in a prelude to a possible purchase of the North Hills Country Club for the city. [FULL TEXT]

Squeezing budget may allow hiring
IN SHORT: A scheduled meeting of the budget committee of the Cabot City Council was called off Monday night because the budget manager was on vacation and not available to explain to members where the money to pay the salaries of three new firefighters would come from. [FULL TEXT]

Charges filed against official stun friends
IN SHORT: Embezzlement in Pulaski County prompts heightened security as accused posts bail. [FULL TEXT]

Mayors discuss their needs
IN SHORT: Several Lonoke County officials met in Cabot to compare notes and greet Col. Schatz, the new Little Rock Air Force Base commander. [FULL TEXT]


A batter for Jacksonville Youth Baseball Association’s Jacinto Lodge takes a swing during a game last Thursday. The JYBA released the names of its 2007 All-Star tournament teams on Tuesday. Players on these teams will compete in regional and state tournaments later this summer.

Jacksonville Youth All-Star Teams
IN SHORT: Top players to move into tournament play. [FULL TEXT]

Chevy Boys shut down
IN SHORT: Gwatney Chevrolet had a difficult time against the North Little Rock Colts on Monday night. NLR only allowed two Chevy players on base. [FULL TEXT]

Lonoke QB killed, greatly missed
IN SHORT: Alex Cash will be remembered for his competitive spirit and exceptional abilities. [FULL TEXT]


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