You thought Mike Beebe was Merlin for the way he orchestrated the legislature to get what he wanted, year after year, even when the other party controlled it. What about Governor Asa Hutchinson?
Honoring 'The Boss'
The closing of Arkansas Funeral Care in Jacksonville, where more than 30 bodies piled up while awaiting a decent burial or cremation, overshadowed the news last week that Dr. Thomas Wortham, a much-loved local physician, had passed away at the age of 88.
Asa's healthy state of mind
It could have been no surprise to anyone, except the new lieutenant governor, that Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants to continue to insure more than 200,000 Arkansans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the infamous Obamacare. What may have been surprising to many is that the conservative Republican did so not grudgingly but warmly.
Schools need improving
The bad news is that, mathematically, the Pulaski County Special School District is shortchanging Jacksonville schools again when it comes to facility dollars.
Arkansas ain't ready
Paddy Bauler, who represented Chicago's 43rd Ward for 35 years, must be the patron saint of Arkansas legislators. [FULL TEXT]
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.
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.
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
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
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 31, 2015
Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce president Roger Sundermeier, left, of First Arkansas Bank with outgoing chamber president Daniel Gray during the group's annual banquet Thursday. Chamber leaders said the city will benefit by having its own school district and also by voting to do away with the city's strict liquor laws.
Chamber hears it's a new dawn
IN SHORT: Schools, highway work and wet-dry effort touted at dinner. [FULL TEXT]
Cabot 8th grader fights cancer
IN SHORT: Barrett Stark is battling leukemia at age 14 at Arkansas Children's Hospital. [FULL TEXT]
Update on apps for Cabot board
IN SHORT: New mobile application allows district to stay in touch with everyone. [FULL TEXT]
Globetrotter visits local CBI students
Eswin Rojas gets a kick out of spinning a basketball on his finger with the help of Harlem Globetrotter Flight Time Lang, who visited Murrell Taylor Elementary School in Jacksonville on Wednesday. Lang, who is from Brinkley, visited the school in support of the Community Based Instruction Program while the Globetrotters are in town for their Feb. 5 show at Verizon Arena. Known as the "Ambassadors of Goodwill", the Globetrotters will be honoring a hometown hero at each one of their 310 games this year across North America.
Lady Devils come back
IN SHORT: Jacksonville girls trailed at half before rallying to beat McClellan at home. [FULL TEXT]
Late pressure lifts Falcons over Badgers
IN SHORT: NP turns up defensive intensity to pull away from Beebe. [FULL TEXT]
Crimson Lion duo dominates at Den
IN SHORT: McClellan's superior size and speed leads to Red Devil loss. [FULL TEXT]
Lady Panthers subdue Hurricanes
IN SHORT: Cabot girls hold Jonesboro scoreless in first quarter of blowout victory. [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]