The Leader

Huck must review record
One of our encyclopedic services is political advice to Arkansas sons and daughters, an obligation that we take especially seriously when they gambol upon the national stage. [FULL TEXT]

When second is first
Mike Huckabee’s campaign for president, which was on life support, got a shot of adrenalin Saturday — or was it morphine? [FULL TEXT]

Cooking with gas
Gov. Beebe’s style of leadership is both frustrating and reassuring.

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]


My father: A witness to 20th Century
When my father passed away at the age of 85 late in the afternoon on Aug. 5, one of the doctors at the emergency room at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami called my brother Steve with the terrible news.

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 18, 2007

Principal Pam Waymack (second from left), and Liz Noblin, media specialist, look over stacks of textbooks still in a hallway at the new Stagecoach Elementary School as they prepare the classrooms for the start of the new school year on Monday morning.

Teachers prepare their classrooms
IN SHORT: Eighth elementary gets finishing touches as educators ready classrooms for start of school. [FULL TEXT]

Charter school backed by many parents
IN SHORT: Organizational forum hears from two professors who say program improves scores and offers children and their families a choice.

Building schools in Cabot resumes
IN SHORT: District’s next construction project is to rebuild campus lost in August 2006 fire. [FULL TEXT]

Boy injured, stepfather tries suicide
IN SHORT:The 2-year-old son of a Little Rock Air Force Base senior airman has been declared brain dead by doctors at Arkansas Children’s Hospital after he was found unresponsive Tuesday while under the care of his stepfather. [FULL TEXT]

City seen slighted by PCSSD
IN SHORT:Jacksonville board member is upset that other areas get new schools while local facilities crumble. [FULL TEXT]

Special school plans to upgrade
IN SHORT:County considers creating a public facilities board to borrow money for growth. [FULL TEXT]



Jacksonville junior Stanley Appleby returns a kickoff during Red Devil football practice Thursday evening.

Energy still high at JHS
IN SHORT: The grind of two-a-days didn’t wear down Jacksonville’s football team. [FULL TEXT]

Red Devil volleyball athletes dedicated
IN SHORT: More talent, a deeper bench and added leadership are only three improvements shown by this year’s version of the Lady Devils. [FULL TEXT]

Wildcat lineup set, final touches added
IN SHORT: There were no major surprises or shake ups during week three of summer practice for the defending 3A-2 Conference champs. [FULL TEXT]


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