Liquor vote:
You decide

If you believe that alcohol is the degradation of man and the ruin of families --- a notion with which we sometimes do not vigorously quarrel --- then you will want to vote against Ballot Issue 4, which legalizes liquor sales in currently dry counties.

Vote to increase
minimum wage

Old canards never die; they don't even fade away. So it is that in 2014, with minimum-wage laws facing voters or legislatures, the cries go up, "My God, when you raise the minimum wage, you drive people out of jobs and hurt the economy."

Helpful hints for ballot box

Changing a constitution, even the state Constitution, is a serious labor for voters since it either authorizes government or the citizens to do something or else forbids them to do it forever, at least until the constitution can be changed again. Altering a constitution is supposed to be a rare event since it tampers with individual rights or with the structure and powers of government.

Top award for 19th AW

The Air Force Historical Foundation recently presented its James H. Doolittle Award to the 19th Airlift Wing for its contribution to airpower for more than 80 years. It's an amazing history from the early decades of air combat to the modern era.

Lennox, Hutcherson on Blue Note; Impulse back

Annie Lennox's new CD, "Nostalgia," from Blue Note includes a stunning version of "Strange Fruit," an anti-lynching song usually associated with Billie Holiday, who recorded it in 1937.

Is a life worth

a million dollars?

Almost half the parolees in Arkansas who serve a fraction of their sentences commit more crimes soon after they're freed.

Killer at our front door

Arron Lewis stood near the front door at The Leader one evening last month, and he knocked on the big glass window when he realized the door was locked.

Killer in Cabot's schools
3 times

Glen Martin Green, the killer serving a life sentence without parole, worked in Cabot schools three different times this year.

Cabot ends prison labor in schools

After a report here Saturday that a convicted murderer worked at Cabot Junior High North last week as a prison trustee, school officials decided Monday to ban prison labor in the district. [FULL TEXT]

Killer worked at Cabot school gym

A murderer who is serving a life sentence without parole was installing a wall mat this week at the Cabot Junior High North gym as part of a prison work-release program. [FULL TEXT]


When firm's comptroller
steals $1.1M

AGL Corp., the small Jacksonville manufacturer of laser equipment used for construction around the world, had been struggling for years. The company had trouble making a profit. There were layoffs and rumors about the plant shutting down. [FULL TEXT]

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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November 1, 2014

Candidates asking for your vote

As early voting winds down Saturday and Monday before Tuesday's election, local candidates stand near the Jacksonville Community Center on Main Street in search of votes on Friday. Sandra Prater, a Pulaski County justice of the peace candidate, waves to motorists while mayoral candidate Gary Sipes and city council candidate William Shelley stand behind her.

Arkansans heading to polls

IN SHORT: Voting on statewide races, also Congress, legislature, mayor, quorum court and others.

It's Hays against Hill

IN SHORT: Bigtime banker and longtime NLR mayor duke it out for Dist. 2 congressional seat. [FULL TEXT]

Rutledge vs. Steel

IN SHORT: Attorney general's race pits former Jacksonville lawyer against Nashville state legislator.

Beebe sweeps 5A Central Cross Country
The Badger boys' and girls' cross country teams took first place in the team results in the 5A-Central Conference meet Thursday at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. Beebe's Chris Owen, Gus McCoy and John Paul Savage swept the top three spots in the boys' race, and seven finished in the top 15. Taylor McGraw led the Beebe girls with a fourth-place finish, but Beebe won by placing six in the top 15. Team members include Katie Jordan, front from left, Mezthly Pena, Taylor McGraw, Bri Martindill, Jaycee Hall, Logan Schwenk, Allison Strayhorn, Natalie Childress; middle from left, Kaleb Ballard, Victoria Tarkington, Tawny Chapman, Natalie Biggs, Courtney Smith, Annmarie Covington, Sean Langley, Logan Archer, Tor Colbert, Chris Owen, Sydnye Shuttleworth; back from left, Trystan Taylor, Cole Evans, Sam McCoy, John Paul Savage, T.J. Lovston, Dane Richey, Luke Oliver and Gus McCoy. Owen, Gus McCoy, Savage, Langley, Lovston, Evans, McGraw, Colbert, Childress and Strayhorn made All-Conference.

Badgers win in shocker

IN SHORT: Beebe upsets undefeated Sylvan Hills to lock up postseason berth. [FULL TEXT]

Red Devils do their job

IN SHORT: Jacksonville got a must-win over Mills to set up a play-in game at Little Rock McClellan next Thursday. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville Lighthouse defeats Owls

IN SHORT: Wolves travel to Sherwood for third win of the season before suffering first loss on the road at Wonderview. [FULL TEXT]

Fourth-down score dooms Panthers

IN SHORT: Jonesboro takes lead with late touchdown, holds on for one-point victory over Cabot.

Harps donates to Lonoke County Christian Clinic
Lonoke County Christian Clinic coordinator Becky True and pharmacy director Jerry Jones accept a check for $2,500 on Tuesday from Cabot Harps Foods store manager Jerry Davenport (right). The money was raised during the Harps charity golf tournament held in August in Rogers. The Lonoke County Christian Clinic on 502 Richie Road in Cabot is open at 5 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month. The clinic offers free dental, medical and pharmacy services to Lonoke County residents who meet financial guidelines and have no insurance. Call 501-605-5600 for an appointment. The clinic has been open since 2011.

Mystery of women's prison

IN SHORT: Daffodils planted uniformly, foundations buried 4 feet in the ground and the tale of one inmate who was likely the victim of a corrupt system are all that remain of the Arkansas State Farm for Women prison near Jacksonville. [FULL TEXT]


Bridging the Gap Resale Shop opens for business

IN SHORT: Bridging the Gap Resale Shop in Lonoke held its grand opening on Wednesday. [FULL TEXT]

CASA fundraising dinner

IN SHORT: Advocacy group to held event for Lonoke County abused kids. [FULL TEXT]