Pupils need recess break

Just when it seemed the Pulaski County Special School was doing right, it turns right around and does something stupid — it has taken away recess at the elementary level.

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.

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 20, 2014

First day of school

Kanicka Leonard walks her daughters, first grader Kamiya Lewis (left) and pre-K student Kierstin Lewis, to Mountain Springs Elementary School in Cabot on Monday, the first day of school. See more back-to-school photos and school news in Wednesday's issue of The Leader.

Liquor law closer to ballot

IN SHORT: Lonoke and White counties could go wet if voters approve measure in November. [FULL TEXT]

Lifeline possible for local schools

IN SHORT: Rockefellers, Waltons might help three PCSSD schools improve. qualify for ForwARd help.

Cabot High School's Red-White Frenzy being held on Friday

The Panthers' varsity football team will play a brief Red-White game to highlight and close festivities at the annual Red-White Frenzy that will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at Panther Stadium. Team members from all fall athletic activities and the marching band will be featured, along with other family activities.

Devils relish fresh approach

IN SHORT: Jacksonville football players talk about the drastic changes under new head coach. [FULL TEXT]

Panthers' boys' golf showing potential

IN SHORT: Cabot boys have to avoid occasional bad holes, girls working on gaining experience.

Taylor tears up Topless

IN SHORT: Seventh place at Batesville. [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]