School-year excitement

As students return to school on Monday and Jacksonville voters count down to Sept. 16 to form their own district, we can't recall a more exciting start to any school year.

The future it up to us

We've said it before: Jacksonville puts "unity" in community.
Finally, local control of our schools is within our grasp.

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.

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.

Genocide threatens minorities

A huge humanitarian disaster was unfolding last month while the western world and much of the media looked away. They focused on a tiny area on the Mediterranean controlled by a group of Moslem fanatics, who have held their own people hostage while provoking another senseless war with Israel. [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 16, 2014

Countdown to first day of school
Cabot school bus driver and mechanic Dan Slingbaum fuels up one of the district's buses on Thursday ahead of the first day of school on Monday, when all area public schools are set to begin the new school year.

Lengthy Hwy. 67/167 work begins

IN SHORT: Replacing the overpass at Redmond Road starts off widening project. [FULL TEXT]

Amy Sanders' 90th birthday

IN SHORT: Sherwood library's namesake joined in celebration by the city's leaders past and present.

Red jerseys all over at Panthers' scrimmage
Cabot sophomore Braxton Burton tries to evade a tackle by leaping over defender and fellow sophomore Colin Thames during Cabot's scrimmage on Monday. The Panthers were without two starters on defense, including linebacker Jack Whisker and safety Jake Ferguson. Several sophomores played.

Cabot young but talented

IN SHORT: A new coach has a largely new lineup this season for Lady Panther volleyball. [FULL TEXT]

Week two sees a few shake-ups

IN SHORT: Things can change daily during preseason football, and team makeup can change with it. There are also other facts and factors that come about that give a little more insight into how well or how badly a team may perform in the upcoming season. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Bears have big expectations

IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills volleyball team to put experience on the floor. [FULL TEXT]

Ambidextrous kickers aren't unusual for Hogs' punter

IN SHORT: Arkansas' Sam Irwin-Hill had several sports heroes using both feet growing up in Australia. [FULL TEXT]

This photo from the Museum of American History in Cabot shows World War I Soldiers who might be from Lonoke County. The museum's curator, Mike Polston, is asking the public to help identify the men.

Help save WWI historical items

IN SHORT: Museums to mark the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into the war. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot couple reopen White River Theater

IN SHORT: Heather Moore of Cabot had a vision of bringing to Mountain View a family-friendly show honoring the military. [FULL TEXT]