Liquor drive
running dry

Efforts to loosen liquor laws in Jacksonville and Sherwood seem to have hit a wall.

Who can lead
new district?

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.

Rep. Farrer
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
for reform

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
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]

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February 14, 2015

Tristen Doane stands with his new bike and members of the Cabot Police Department, which gave him the bike. From left are Laura Doane, holding her son, Jaxon; detectives Sgt. Dwayne Roper, Damian Gabriel, Edward Sims Jr., Chris Reilly and public information officer Sgt. Keith Graham.

Cops get new bike for accident victim

IN SHORT: 5-year-old's skull fractured and brain was bleeding after getting struck. [FULL TEXT]

Private option helping hospitals

IN SHORT: Getting more patients who are now able to pay for their treatment. [FULL TEXT]

District to shut middle school

IN SHORT: Jacksonville students most likely moved to Northwood for a year. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville Police Chief Kenny Boyd, Alderman Kenny Elliot and Mayor Gary Fletcher warm up before taking a celebratory shot Wednesday to celebrate one million rounds fired in the first year of operation for the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Sports Complex. Projections are higher for year two.

One million rounds at range

IN SHORT: Jacksonville celebrates milestone. [FULL TEXT]

Healthy Cabot defeats Marion

IN SHORT: Panthers beat Patriots at home for second conference win this season. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Bears earn sweep against JHS

IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills dominates on the glass to beat Jacksonville for second time this year. [FULL TEXT]

Sylvan Hills repeats as River City champion

IN SHORT: Freshmen Bears win second-straight league postseason tournament. [FULL TEXT]

Panthers win first place in boys', girls' district meet

IN SHORT: Cabot swim teams each win East championships; state next weekend in Little Rock. [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]