Editorials


New schools
won't be easy

The Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District needs a large or even staggering amount of money to build its way out of one of the worst school building situations in one of the poorest states in the country.
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If Huck runs for president

Neither pardon is as bad as Huckabee paroling rapist Wayne DuMond and granting clemency to Maurice Clemmons, who, between them, killed six people after Huckabee turned them loose.
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Hwy. 67/167 needs funding

Hwy. 67/167 in Jacksonville could see more major improvements that would ease traffic congestion, especially at North First Street and Vandenberg Boulevard near Little Rock Air Force Base.
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Making jails
self-sufficient

Jacksonville officials know when to hold them and when to fold them. After a bitter, year-long showdown with Pulaski County officials over the city's share to fund the county jail, the Jacksonville City Council caved in and agreed to budget $201,000 a year for the right to send local prisoners to Pulaski County.
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Liquor petitions

Jacksonville has gathered about 4,000 signatures and needs only 400 more to do away with its outdated liquor laws and annually inject about $600,000 into the city's economy once restaurants start selling alcohol and grocery and convenience stores can stock beer and wine on their shelves.
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Little girl tells Santa a wish for Christmas

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]


Prison reform pushed

The Department of Correction wants $100 million for a new prison, but Sen. Eddie Joe Williams (R-Cabot) thinks that's a waste of money.
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Pardons by Beebe
not as bad as Huck's

Gov. Mike Beebe has had a good record on pardons until this week, much better than Gov. Mike Huckabee, his predecessor.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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]





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January 10, 2015



Master Sgt. Aaron Downing, a 19th Security Forces Squadron weapons and tactics superintendent, was struck by an improvised explosive device blast while riding in a convoy during his deployment to Iraq in 2007. In 2014, Downing received a Purple Heart from Lt. Gen. Carlton Everhart, 18th Air Force commander, for his wounds during his deployment to Iraq.

The story of Aaron Downing

IN SHORT: A convoy rides through the streets of downtown Tikrit, Iraq, on July 28, 2007. Inside the lead vehicle sits then-Staff Sgt. Aaron Downing, a security forces airman working with the Army 82nd Airborne, 89th Military Police Company. After a long day of training the Iraqi police, Downing and his team are headed back to Camp Speicher. [FULL TEXT]


Common Core right for state?

IN SHORT: Lawmakers will tackle numerous educational and financial issues next week. [FULL TEXT]

Resolving issues key for launch of district

IN SHORT: PCSSD could be unitary by end of school year and Jacksonville on its own soon after.
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Jacksonville's LaQwan Smith penetrates and dishes to a teammate for an easy layup during the Red Devils' 63-46 win over J.A. Fair on Tuesday in the 5A-Central Conference opener.

Jacksonville wins opening league game

IN SHORT: Red Devil runs in first and fourth lead to 17-point win. [FULL TEXT]


Pressure defense elevates 'Rabbits

IN SHORT: Lonoke boys force 20 turnovers in big 4A-2 win over Greyhounds. [FULL TEXT]


Abraham Stadium to Pentagon

IN SHORT: Former Jackrabbit back Spanky Gilliam is one of Lonoke's most remarkable success stories. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Bears rebound to knock off Comets

IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills survives early struggles to beat Mills in league opener. [FULL TEXT]



A memorial at the Lonoke County Courthouse honors William Waggoner, who was a longtime judge and a veteran of the First World War.


Letter from the front

IN SHORT: A young soldier from Lonoke County, who became a judge and prosecutor, fought in World War. [FULL TEXT]

Rebirth of Jacksonville's heart

IN SHORT: An effort is underway to return the city's original train station. [FULL TEXT]

 


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