The Leader

Hochstetter moves on
Sandra Hochstetter took her leave from the state Public Service Commission very abruptly Wednesday but it was not a day too soon.

Persecution of a judge
The five-year-old pursuit of Judge Wendell L. Griffen by the executive director of the state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission came to an end this week with a whimper. [FULL TEXT]

Coal burning filthy idea
Every year, three electricity-generating plants in Arkansas that burn Wyoming soft coal cough into our atmosphere about 30 million tons of carbon dioxide. One molecule of the stuff will hang around in the atmosphere for 50 to 200 years to contribute to the overheating of the planet. [FULL TEXT]

Where taxes go
As expected, the Jacksonville City Council last week approved a two-cent hamburger tax that starts this fall and will benefit the city’s parks and several of its attractions, such as the military museum and Reed’s Bridge Battlefield site. [FULL TEXT]

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.


Is Villines trying to hide more disgrace?
It’s hard to figure out why Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines has opposed the release of emails written by a disgraced former employee — unless Villines thinks they will make his office look bad and raise questions about what his workers are doing when they’re on the clock.

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 11, 2007

Sen. Mark Pryor (right), D.-Ark., visited Little Rock Air Force Base Thursday to get an update on training and housing privatization. He later visited The Leader for an interview.

Pryor: Can air base do better?
IN SHORT: After visiting with officials at Little Rock Air Force Base Thursday, Sen. Mark Pryor says he is ready to get to the bottom of the contract problems the air base has with Carabetta’s American Eagle Communities but he is concerned that restructuring private housing might mean scaling back. [FULL TEXT]

Upsetting plans being revamped
IN SHORT: Jacksonville commissioners will take another look at Foxwood Gardens and Edinburgh Subdivision designs.

Cabot commission approves rezoning
IN SHORT: A controversial area for years in the city will now make it to the council. [FULL TEXT]

Public meeting set for Friday
IN SHORT:Those interested in voicing an opinion on the city operating open-enrollment charter schools should attend. [FULL TEXT]

WaterWorks seeks member willing to work
IN SHORT:The commission that runs Cabot WaterWorks will advertise soon for a new member, someone with the background and education to help with the seemingly endless list of details associated with the city’s growth that has kept the commission busy for the past two years. [FULL TEXT]



Two Lady Panthers go up to block a hit during Cabot volleyball practice Friday morning. Cabot has more players out this year.

Cabot girls have good numbers out for ’07
IN SHORT: The 2007 Lady Panthers have some depth they’ve been lacking in recent seasons, although many are young. [FULL TEXT]

Injury bug biting CHS again
IN SHORT: The Cabot football team is again battling injuries, but have more depth this season to the holes left by the stable of missing players. [FULL TEXT]

Falcons’ backfield to be the backbone
IN SHORT: Big running backs stand out for North Pulaski in the early sessions of preseason. [FULL TEXT]


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