Editorials


Benchmark: Plus, minus

The Leader has just finished running a three-part series taking an in-depth look at Benchmark scores, and, though there is some good news in the recently released information from the state, there are also disturbing trends.
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Good news for Arkansas

Governor Beebe and Davy Carter, the speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives, rushed yesterday to get out statements claiming bragging rights for a bit of national good news for the state: Arkansas leads the nation in reducing the number of people who are not insured for sickness.
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Help walkers and bicyclists

As Cabot gears up for construction of the new North Interchange on Hwy. 67/167, adding two roundabouts on Lincoln Street near the high school and the beautification of West Main Street into downtown, city leaders and planners have overlooked an improvement that could help many people — adding a protected pedestrian and bicycle bridge onto the Hwy. 89/West Main Street overpass. [FULL TEXT]


Our air base safe, secure

Little Rock Air Force Base officials went into high alert last week when they received a report of a suspicious person on base. Fortunately, it was a false alarm. But, even if there had been just a 1 percent chance of a maniac loose, the authorities had no choice but to close the base for several hours. [FULL TEXT]


Achievements please schools

Talk about being the elite of the elite — Lonoke Middle School and Searcy's Ahlf Junior High are in sky-high company. [FULL TEXT]



Strategy put own people in line of fire

A ceasefire seems to be holding in Gaza after a month of hostilities that killed and wounded 10,000 Palestinians – while fewer than 100 Israelis were killed and injured – in the wake of another monumental Arab military failure. [FULL TEXT]

Her niece one plane ahead of fatal flight

Hedy Wuelling, who runs the Jacksonville Animal Shelter, follows the news of the downed Malaysian airliner on Dutch websites because she's from Holland. [FULL TEXT]


VA isn't the only problem

It's never a good time to visit a government office, where they're usually understaffed and busy. You might stand in line for 20 minutes at the post office, but you can always come back later — unlike thousands of sick veterans who sit for hours waiting for medical attention at VA hospitals. [FULL TEXT]


New records from Thelonious Monk, Rosanne Cash

Alfred Lion, a refugee from Nazi Germany, founded Blue Note Records in New York on Jan. 6, 1939, when he recorded the boogie-woogie pianists Albert Ammons and Meade (Lux) Lewis after hearing them at the historic "From Spirituals to Swing" concert at Carnegie Hall in New York the month before. [FULL TEXT]


Young girl asks Santa for a very special gift

When my friend Jack Sallee was with the Jaycees in Fayetteville, they'd put an ad in the paper at Christmastime saying that for $2 you could have Santa come to your place. [FULL TEXT]


For Cash, debut in the Rock

Rosanne Cash made her Little Rock debut at a soldout show Nov. 23 at South on Main Restaurant, which is bringing world-class performers to the southern end of downtown in the space where Juanita's used to be. [FULL TEXT]





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August 9, 2014


Right, the main entrance to the new Cabot Freshman Academy, left, ninth-grade students and their parents pick up schedules and paperwork before school starts Aug. 18.



Freshman Academy set to open

IN SHORT: Ninth graders will start classes Aug. 18 at $22 million campus. [FULL TEXT]


New district to get push at meeting on Monday

IN SHORT: Organizers of effort to break away from Pulaski County Special School District prepare for the Sept. 16 election. [FULL TEXT]


Whit Davis embraces Sherwood

IN SHORT: Hardware store has groundbreaking for Brockington location. [FULL TEXT]



Cabot linemen go through blocking drills in Friday morning’s practice. The Panthers are replacing almost the entire offensive line.



Panthers are searching for starters

IN SHORT: More defensive losses than expected. [FULL TEXT]


Bears filling up defensive holes

IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills confident in offense, finding answers slowly on other side of ball. [FULL TEXT]


Red Devils still learning to play hard 48 minutes

IN SHORT: Coaches focusing on practicing perfectly. [FULL TEXT]

Bost tells Chamber: Wanted to play best

IN SHORT: Jackrabbit players encouraged after summer camps, 7-on-7. [FULL TEXT]