The Leader

PSC a tribune of the people
Pray that we do not have to eat our words, but it looks like we have a real Public Service Commission at the state Capitol, one that takes its civic responsibility seriously, one that follows the dictum of Franklin D. Roosevelt when he was governor of New York.

County jail full
The city directors of Little Rock, who never heard the parable of the bloodless turnip, seem bent on suing the county government to force the county jail to absorb the city’s prisoners. [FULL TEXT]

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.


Sad news hits us hard this August
A death in the family and deaths of friends have made us think about mortality.

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 22, 2007

Annette Timmons, a 19-year bus driver for the Pulaski County Special School District, talks to students while waiting for two pupils who had not yet found which bus they were to ride home after the first day of school Monday. Timmons told youngsters they should behave while she drives them to school and back so everyone can get to their destinations safely and promptly.

First day of school fares well
IN SHORT: Cabot has an increase in students, but Lonoke has a slight dip in enrollment as all districts report the year started off with no mishaps. [FULL TEXT]

PCSSD scores outpace LR, NLR districts
IN SHORT: But 18 schools in the district are on the state list for not advancing students’ scores.

Schools in Cabot still on state list
IN SHORT: Junior High South, Middle School South and Middle School North didn’t pass the Adequate Yearly Progress test. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot candidates to be nonpartisan
IN SHORT:Considering a petition drive, local GOP is not happy with city council vote that requires hopefuls to be independents. [FULL TEXT]

Library contract signals start of construction
IN SHORT:Swaim’s priorities include new school district, one-way access roads, training center, more. [FULL TEXT]



Jacksonville running back Patrick Geans leaps over teammate Daron Wheeler during the red-white game Saturday.

Devils’ intra-squad goes well
IN SHORT: Jacksonville showed some good things to build from Saturday night in its annual red-white game at Jan Crow Stadium. [FULL TEXT]

Falcons improve late in scrimmage
IN SHORT: North Pulaski fared much better in the final two quarters than in the first two Monday night at Robinson. [FULL TEXT]

SH snaps into form in second
IN SHORT: A rocky start smoothed out later on for Sylvan Hills during the Bears’ annual intra-squad scrimmage game Saturday night. [FULL TEXT]


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