The Leader

State studies global warming
Arkansas now has an official agency commissioned to do something about global warming on our small province of the planet, the Governor’s Commission on Global Warming. Gov. Beebe, who appointed 17 of the 21 members, had some hopeful things to say about it on its send-off. [FULL TEXT]

Arkansas fights battle of bulge
More and more Arkansas adults are getting fatter and fatter, more and more unhealthy. [FULL TEXT]

Hillary vs. Huckabee?
Fantasizing about a race for president against Sen. Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that he would be the Republicans’ best candidate because his record contrasted the most sharply with hers.

Hurry up with gas tax
With every utterance Gov. Beebe becomes a stronger champion of a tax on the natural gas that is piped to the big markets north and east of Arkansas.

Hypocrite in the closet
The overwhelming impulses after the fall of U. S. Sen. Larry Craig, the Idaho Republican, for soliciting sex in a men’s room stall ought to be sadness and understanding for another politician who like ordinary mortals could not master the frailties of flesh. [FULL TEXT]


All voices need to be heard now
No one at the Little Rock School District or at Central High School will tell us if the city will honor white students and their teachers who stood up to the bigots outside Central High School when Gov. Faubus tried to keep nine black kids out of their neighborhood school 50 years ago this month.

Recognizing others who were there
Gene Bowman of Jacksonville is one of about 4,500 people who’ve received invitations to a ceremony Sept. 25 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the integration crisis at Central High School in Little Rock.

Pizzeria closes after move and owner’s surgery
The state Highway Department is completing work on an on-ramp at Hwy. 67/167 in north Jacksonville, where the Pizza Company did pretty decent business for more than a decade.

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]














September 12, 2007

A Little Rock Air Force Base honor guard presents the colors followed by a 21-gun salute during Lonoke’s sixth annual 9/11 flag plaza memorial service sponsored by the Lonoke Area Chamber of Commerce. The Lonoke High School band played the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Mayor Wayne McGee and Bill Ryker spoke to those assembled. The event is conducted in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

$1B invested on base
IN SHORT: LRAFB is having another major construction boom that includes several new projects, such as replacing the old runway for $9.8 million, as well as the arrival of more C-130J cargo planes. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot passes budget
IN SHORT: School board approves finances for 2007-08 with $29.8 million for salaries.

Lawmakers must leave because of term limits
IN SHORT: Reps. Schulte, Prater, Wood and Bond among representatives whose careers in legislature will end. [FULL TEXT]

City still unhappy with route
IN SHORT: Sherwood is concerned that current I-440 extension plans will restrict commercial growth at Brockington and Oakdale, although highway officials say interchange designs could still change. [FULL TEXT]

Payday borrowers will get break from lenders
IN SHORT:Some local banks could make small, low-interest loans to their customers under new guidelines. [FULL TEXT]



Jacksonville receiver Terrell L’Hrisse makes an acrobatic catch against North Pulaski last Friday during the Red Devils’ victory.

Red Devils must stop turnovers, start faster
IN SHORT: Jacksonville’s biggest objective this Friday will be holding on to the football when a much improved Lake Hamilton team visits Jan Crow Stadium for the Devils’ first home game. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot expecting best from Lions
IN SHORT: Searcy has played its best football against the Panthers the past two seasons, and hopes to pull off the upset. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville falls twice at Harrison
IN SHORT: The Lady Red Devils suffered losses to both Greenbrier and tournament host Harrison on Saturday. [FULL TEXT]


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