The Leader

Huck runs short of cash
Our favorite son candidate for president, according to the federal campaign-finance reports filed over the weekend, has now raised enough money to mount a creditable race for state land commissioner.

Don’t judge by the breed
To the editor: Recently, one of my neighbors, who happens to be a local attorney, was bitten, while jogging, by a dachshund.

Water utility throws it away
The public interest, which includes the assurance that people will have clean and affordable water, is not always paramount when it collides with the profit goals of developers — not, anyway, when municipal fathers in Little Rock do the reckoning. [FULL TEXT]

Some taxes should go up
Every week brings new announcements of investment in the exploration of the vast Fayetteville shale gas play and, far more quietly, fresh complaints about the horrors that follow it: the waste pits, polluted ground water, the surface degradation and the weak secondary roads and city streets that are pounded into rubble by the heavy equipment. [FULL TEXT]

Insuring Arkansans
If the health-care crisis yielded to simple solutions, Arkansas at least would be home free by now. But the state learned once again that even the offer of a big federal subsidy will induce few employers to insure their workers. [FULL TEXT]


Kids, dope don’t mix with driver
He’s been driving a bus for the Pulaski County Special School District for 22 years, and this summer he drives a van for special-education students who attend a summer program at the Jacksonville Middle School for Boys.

Stax marks 50 years of great music
If you remember Isaac Hayes’ “Theme from Shaft,” the Staples Singers’ “Respect Yourself,” Eddy Floyd’s “Knock on Wood,” Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay,” Booker T. and the MGs’ “Green Onions” and the Mar-Keys’ “Last Night,” you would have enjoyed a concert last month in Memphis commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stax record label.

Air strategy saving lives
Brig. Gen. (Select) Rowayne Schatz is in his office at the headquarters of the 314th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base, where he’s the commander, and he reaches for a dagger he’d brought back from Qatar a couple of years ago, when he was in charge of running airlifts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Payday series wins award in competition
(The Arkansas Press Association awarded The Leader first place in the Better Newspaper Contest for our in-depth reporting on payday lenders. This column from March 22, 2006 was part of that series.)
A populist state like Arkansas, which once had the lowest usury rate in the nation — 10 percent was the interest limit until 1982 — now allows payday lenders to charge outrageous interest rates — often several hundred percent interest.


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]














July 18, 2007

Cabot Mayor Eddie Joe Williams points to 15.5 acres the city council agreed to purchase Monday for the National Guard armory in the Cabot industrial park.

Cabot buys land for armory
IN SHORT: The city council agrees to pay $399,000 for 15.5 acres in the industrial park on Hwy. 367 to build a new National Guard armory. [FULL TEXT]

District is seen hurting in deal
IN SHORT: Rotarians are told Little Rock decision could jeopardize Jacksonville’s future.

City hears pros, cons of new tax
IN SHORT: Jacksonville has forum to discuss the benefits of restaurant levy for promotion. [FULL TEXT]

Pit bull ban is now in full effect
IN SHORT: Controversial dogs must be registered, neutered and microchipped in Jacksonville. [FULL TEXT]

$3.7M bid for library is too high
IN SHORT:With a bid of $3,765,000, Wilkins Construction of North Little Rock was apparent low bidder for the new Jacksonville public library, but that bid was well over the $3 million estimate of project architects Witsell, Evans and Rasco of Little Rock. [FULL TEXT]

Austin: It’s a boom town
IN SHORT: Country atmosphere fuels growth, putting it just behind Sherwood and Cabot, but ahead of Jacksonville. [FULL TEXT]



Gwatney Chevrolet first baseman Jason Regnas dives to make a tag against a Jonesboro runner during Jacksonville’s 11-1 loss Sunday in the second round of the state tournament.

Gwatney is staying alive
IN SHORT: The Jacksonville Class A team advanced to within one win of the state title game by beating Mountain Home Monday. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot rallies for 11-inning victory over Blytheville
IN SHORT: The Post 71 Class AAA Legion team made an amazing comeback to down Blytheville 8-7 Saturday. [FULL TEXT]

Bruins end skid, beat hot Post 71
IN SHORT: The Sylvan Hills AAA American Legion team beat Cabot 6-4 to stop a three-game losing streak Monday night at Kevin McReynolds Field. [FULL TEXT]


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