is on board
Rep. Joe Farrer (R-Austin), having heard from his constituents, has dropped his opposition to Medicaid expansion for working-poor Arkansans and has co-sponsored the bill to continue the private option program for at least another year.
Cherishing local history
Several efforts to preserve and promote local history deserve the public's support. Volunteers throughout the area have worked hard to keep alive the stories of the past that provide context about our hometowns.
all around us
The $107 million runway renovation on Little Rock Air Force Base is one of the major construction projects in our community --- the first major overhaul of the flightline in 60 years.
Chamber sets a big agenda
Roger Sundermeier, the new president of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, has a plan for reviving the city's often dormant downtown. During his inaugural speech last week at the chamber's annual banquet, Sundermeier announced the formation of a small-business initiative to support local businesses. He said Jacksonville needs a good mix of retail chains and restaurants and locally owned businesses.
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.
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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February 7, 2015
William Barnett, 92, of Beebe, a veteran of the Second World War, proudly shows off war medals he received in November. He did not get the medals when he was discharged from the Army in 1945.
Recognition at last
IN SHORT: Second World War veteran William Barnett of Beebe received war medals 73 years after serving in the Army. [FULL TEXT]
Tax cut signed, option passes
IN SHORT: Governor's tax break for middle class is approved by lawmakers. [FULL TEXT]
Mother's mold story unravels after arrest
IN SHORT: Former Jacksonville resident is free on $100,000 bond in the death of her child. [FULL TEXT]
Sylvan Hills signs five to scholarships
Five Sylvan Hills players signed to play college football on Wednesday during a special ceremony at SHHS. Marlon Clemmons, from left, joined by his father Marlon Sr., signed with Arkansas Tech of Russellville. Trajan Doss, joined by his mother Tara Johnson, signed with Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. Haden Hawkins, with parents Stacy and Karesa Hawkins, signed with Arkansas Tech. Nathan Thomas, with parents Shelby and Leigh Thomas, signed with Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss. Clark Thornton, with parents Charlie and Missy Thornton, signed to play for upstart program Lyon College in Batesville.
Lady Devil lives rebounding
IN SHORT: Jacksonville senior Jerika Hardaway plays and works hard despite life's tragedies. [FULL TEXT]
Red Panthers defeat Whirlwinds at home
IN SHORT: Freshmen teams split a pair of conference games with Russellville Whirlwinds. [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]