The Leader

Vote against dirty plant
That coal-fired generating plant in Hempstead County, which is supposed to start sending 6 million tons of carbon dioxide a year our way by 2011, is looking like less a bargain every day.

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]


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 25, 2007

During the first day of school last Tuesday, Lindsey Bell, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Ward Central Elementary School, which is part of the Cabot School District, discusses the importance of sharing toys. Some of the youngsters seemed more interested in the toys.

New elementary is over capacity
IN SHORT: Stagecoach Elementary School in Cabot is asking three families to voluntarily move their children from Cabot’s newest elementary school because of overcrowding. [FULL TEXT]

Construction could resume at year’s end
IN SHORT: Troubled developer is selling its Air Force housing privatization contracts.

Schools doing well in Beebe for first week
IN SHORT: Five days into the new school year, Beebe Supt. Belinda Shook said everything is running smoothly. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot to charge for false alarms
IN SHORT:Warnings would go out if city council approves revised rules. [FULL TEXT]

Snyder uncertain on center funding
IN SHORT:Congressman still hopes the Senate will approve $9.8 million needed for $15 million school in front of Little Rock Air Force Base. [FULL TEXT]

Courts taking measures to increase security soon
IN SHORT:Arkansas Supreme Court wants safer facilities by 2008. [FULL TEXT]



Cabot halfback Chris Bayles, 28, runs behind Matt Jackson, 75, and halfback Jordan Carlisle, 11, Tuesday against Lake Hamilton.

Panthers run over Wolves
IN SHORT: The Cabot football team had little trouble moving the football against Lake Hamilton. [FULL TEXT]

Falcons improve late in scrimmage
IN SHORT: The Lady Panther volleyball team beat Morrilton and Lonoke Tuesday night in the opening match of the season. [FULL TEXT]

Bears potent in scrimmage
IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills moved the football very well in its preseason jamboree games against LR Hall and LR Parkview Tuesday. [FULL TEXT]


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