The Leader

Farm bill cuts waste
Nothing forces members of Congress to choose between the national wellbeing and parochial interests like a farm bill, which establishes the nation’s agriculture policy and spending in five-year increments. [FULL TEXT]

Animal cruelty
To the editor: Our national media have had a field day reporting on allegations that Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick ran a brutal dog fighting operation and personally slaughtered eight dogs. [FULL TEXT]

Taxpayers fleeced again
When something seems too good to be true it usually is, which is a lesson that the Pulaski County government keeps learning, ruefully, over and over.

What we need: more lobbyists
Every taxpayer was excited to learn last week that Arkansas had landed exactly what it needed most, another highly paid lobbyist.

Teaching history
The impulse to stay out of the dogfight among educators and historians over the teaching of Arkansas history in the schools is almost irresistible. [FULL TEXT]


Americans who make a difference
While we visited the other day with Brig. Gen. (Select) Rowayne Schatz, the commander at Little Rock Air Force Base, and later with members of a local church, they reluctantly mentioned some extraordinary things they’ve done — one in the line of duty, the others going overseas with a church group.

Local TV closes in on killing
When it comes to local TV news, they say if it bleeds, it leads.

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]














August 1, 2007

MSgt. Tim Grisham, a member of the Little Rock Air Force Base C-130E maintenance team, holds the trophy for best C-130 maintenance team, which the base group won during the Air Mobility Rodeo competition held last week at McChord AFB, Wash. The base’s C-130J maintenance team was named the rodeo’s best postflight maintenance team. The aerial port team from the 314th Airlift Wing was the 10K forklift driving course victors.

Hillman defeats Harmon in runoff
IN SHORT: City clerk-treasurer captures nearly 65 percent of the vote to become first woman to head Sherwood, besting the former mayor by more than 1,200 votes. [FULL TEXT]

Technology aids in pleas
IN SHORT: Starting today, prisoners will no longer have to be escorted into the courtroom for arraignment because the use of new video equipment will let them face the judge from their cells.

Senate cuts out school’s funding
IN SHORT: There is a chance $9.8 million will be put back in bill to build education center. [FULL TEXT]

Housing authority planning improvements
IN SHORT:New director announces five-year plan to remodel all units at Max Howell Place, as well as add a police substation to the Jacksonville complex. [FULL TEXT]



The Cabot Panther Class AAA Post 71 team waited for almost two hours to finish up when a heavy rain interrupted its game against North Little Rock Sunday during the semifinals of the Zone 3 tournament at Burns Park.

Cabot rallies, but ousted
IN SHORT: North Little Rock ended the Cabot AAA legion team’s season with a 18-9 win after a runaway opening inning. [FULL TEXT]

Gwatney creates waves in zone play
IN SHORT: Gwatney Chevrolet may have had some struggles throughout the summer, but they came alive and played hard during the Zone 3 tournament when good performances counted the most. [FULL TEXT]

Panthers out in record numbers for first day
IN SHORT: There were 87 players dressed out for the first day of football practice at Cabot High School Monday. [FULL TEXT]


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