The Leader

PSC backs ratepayers
The job of the state Public Service Commission is to look out for the consumers of energy but fairly consider the profit interests of utilities.

What Griffin didn't say
Timothy Griffin’s own Apologia Pro Vita Sua, delivered Thursday to a packed house at the Clinton School in Little Rock, fell considerably short of Cardinal Newman’s compelling explanation of his philosophical journey to Catholicism.

Court favors states’ rights
For the rich and the favored, states’ rights has always been a handy principle, but there are times when it gets in the way. For example, when a big tobacco company wants to avoid liability.

Dump Alberto
Almost two-fifths of the United States Senate want Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to stay on the job or at least they do not want to publicly force him out. Is that a ringing endorsement for the man assigned to administer federal justice or what? [FULL TEXT]

Huckabee has bad week
What a week this was going to be for Mike Huckabee, our native presidential aspirant: Another televised national debate that would allow him to demonstrate his charm and wit against the grim Republican field, a big speech at the National Press Club, another big Washington fund-raiser with national lobbying interests that would fatten his anemic campaign cupboard.


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 20, 2007

Jacob Sierra, 4, plays in a puddle outside Jacksonville Elementary School after a downpour Monday afternoon. He was attending a day camp when he saw the water and decided to cool off a bit by splashing around in it.

Another C-130J coming to base
IN SHORT: Maj. Gen. Hawkins, commander of the 18th Air Force, will pilot the new cargo plane, which will be assigned to the ‘Black Cats’ as plans are announced to buy a smaller carrier for the Army and Air Force costing $2 billion. [FULL TEXT]

Influence grows for Snyder in Congress
IN SHORT: Democrat’s new subcommittee assignment will allow him to investigate the failure to prepare Iraqi military and police.

Anniversary for center is celebrated
IN SHORT: Good things are coming to Lonoke, but one that both stimulates and symbolizes the growth is the Lonoke Community Center, which celebrated its fifth birthday Friday morning with coffee and, inappropriately enough, doughnuts. [FULL TEXT]

Accused killer pleads innocent
IN SHORT: Police say suspect, who remains in jail on $500,000 bond, had blood on his clothes. [FULL TEXT]

City clerk gets back her duties
IN SHORT:Verkler is in charge again as her former boss is laid off in budget-tightening efforts by Mayor Williams. [FULL TEXT]

Sherwood golf course appraised
IN SHORT: With all the studies in, interim Mayor Bill Harmon now wants a blue-ribbon committee to look at possible ways for Sherwood to purchase North Hills. [FULL TEXT]



Coach Dan Sherwood of England, right, oversees a scrimmage on the final day of JSA Major League Soccer Camp Friday.

JSA camp coached by Major Leaguers
IN SHORT: Four European soccer stars visited Dupree Park in Jacksonville for the annual Jacksonville Soccer Association summer camp. [FULL TEXT]

Prathet kickboxer loses title matchup
IN SHORT: Jacksonville’s A team won while the AAA team barely lost against Maumelle. [FULL TEXT]

Win streak in modifieds finally ends
IN SHORT: Randy Weaver broke Patrick Linn’s month-long hold on the winner’s circle at Beebe in Linn’s absence. [FULL TEXT]


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