Efforts to loosen liquor laws in Jacksonville and Sherwood seem to have hit a wall.
Who can lead
The Jacksonville School Board is looking for a permanent superintendent to run the fledgling district as it continues the process of breaking away from the Pulaski County Special School District.
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.
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 11, 2015
Designation of distress challenged
IN SHORT: The Beebe School District will appeal state board designation of academic failure at alternative school. [FULL TEXT]
Sherwood fails to get school bill
IN SHORT: A bill intended to make it easier for Maumelle and Sherwood to eventually carve their own school districts from the Pulaski County Special School District failed to get out of the House Education Committee on Tuesday. [FULL TEXT]
Sherwood home gets special tour
IN SHORT: About 50 visitors walked through historic house last Friday. [FULL TEXT]
Cabot senior Lexi Weeks takes the baton from freshman Tristyn Edgar in their state record-breaking effort in the 4x400-meter relay at the Randal Tyson Center.
Lady Panthers set two state records
IN SHORT: Cabot pole vaulters and 4x400-meter relay team now best ever in state indoor history.
Relentless effort lifts Cabot to win
IN SHORT: Lady Panthers go on road to upset NLR in huge conference game. [FULL TEXT]
Carlisle girls clinch 2A-6 league title
IN SHORT: Lady Bison have three game lead with two to play, will be top seed in conference tourney. [FULL TEXT]
Jacksonville rallies for sweep of Beebe
IN SHORT: Lady Red Devils come back from late deficit for big win. [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]