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A law we don’t need
Women everywhere can feel secure in the knowledge that starting this week they will be safer when they venture into the virtuous confines of Arkansas. Or not.

Judge’s ruling rescues FOI
Pulaski Circuit Judge Mary Ann McGowan is our nominee for public servant of the year: For the third time, she has defended the state’s Freedom of Information Act to the letter, ruling that Pulaski County must release just about every e-mail between a former employee accused of stealing public funds and a woman he romanced while she did business with the county.

Mayor Hillman
Virginia Hillman, Sherwood’s new mayor, was all smiles Wednesday after she was sworn into office, accepting congratulations from supporters and other people of goodwill who wished her well. [FULL TEXT]

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]


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 4, 2007

Bingo caller Sandy Brown calls out the lucky numbers Tuesday night during bingo at the Sherwood Moose Lodge 942. Seven area bingo halls have opened during the first week of legalized charity bingo in the state — four more plan to open by September.

Thousands play legalized game
IN SHORT: Seven area bingo halls opened their door during the first week of legalized charity bingo in the state, with four more planning to open by September. [FULL TEXT]

Funding parks is priority for city
IN SHORT: Jacksonville City Council decides bulk of new 2-cent prepared food levy will go to improving recreational facilities.

Repairs needed on local bridges
IN SHORT: Even though the Hwy. 67/167 Main Street overpass in Jacksonville is labeled “functionally obsolete,” all area bridges are safe. [FULL TEXT]

Candidates have to file by Monday
IN SHORT:There is still time before the deadline at 4:30 p.m. Monday to gather 20 or so signatures of qualified voters and file for the Sept. 18 school board elections. [FULL TEXT]

New mayor hard at work
IN SHORT:Former city clerk Virginia Hillman calls her first week as head of the city a very busy, positive and upbeat one. [FULL TEXT]

Another C-130J lands here
IN SHORT:Little Rock Air Force Base welcomes its newest aircraft for the 41st Airlift Squadron Friday. [FULL TEXT]



Jacksonville head football coach Mark Whatley gives instruction to a player during Thursday’s practice at Jan Crow Stadium.

Getting on the same page
IN SHORT: Jacksonville opted to stay padless during the first week of football practice. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot battles heat
IN SHORT: The 2007 Cabot football team is finding that there are few things hotter than the artificial turf at Panther Stadium. [FULL TEXT]

BHS grad to play for Lady Mustangs
IN SHORT: Former Lady Badger Callie Mahoney will attend Central Baptist College in Conway on a scholarship. [FULL TEXT]


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