More funds for air base

"Sequestration is the dark cloud up ahead, and it could affect us in readiness," Col. Patrick Rhatigan, commander of the 19th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base, recently told The Leader.

How to sue legislators

State legislators continue to violate the recently passed ethics amendment that prohibits lobbyists from offering free meals and booze to lawmakers.

Common Core
fails many kids

The biggest problem with Common Core is not the curriculum, but the testing --- it sets up Jacksonville students to fail.

Jacksonville taking lead

Jacksonville's new school district is showing the way for Sherwood and Maumelle, which are also trying to separate from the troubled Pulaski County Special School District.

Last chance, sign petition

Kudos and good luck to those collecting signatures on the wet-dry petitions in Jacksonville. Organizers are only 500 signatures short now and "sprinting to the finish line," Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce board president Roger Sundermeier said Friday.

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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March 4, 2015

'Shrek the Musical' this weekend at CHS
Princess Fiona (Jeni Fuller) meets with the fairy-tale creatures in "Shrek the Musical," which will be performed this weekend at Cabot High School. From left are Autumn Romines as Humpty Dumpty, Ashley Martin as the Sugar Plum Fairy with the Gingerbread Man, Princess Fiona, McKenzie Marks as the Shoemaker's Elf, Marcela Shipley as the Fairy Godmother and Madi Burrow as an Ugly Duckling.

CHS to present musical 'Shrek'

IN SHORT: Cast brings fairytale creatures alive in a show based on movie. [FULL TEXT]

Bill to form new districts passes

IN SHORT: Two cities awaiting governor's signature on law that makes splitting from PCSSD easier.

Leader starts its 29th year

IN SHORT: The Leader is starting its 29th year this week. The award-winning newspaper was launched 28 years ago with the March 4, 1987 issue. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville's Tedrick Wolfe, shooting, scored 25 points in the Red Devils' regular-season finale.

Red Devils are ready to run

IN SHORT: Forrest City says it wants to push the pace in their first round game of state playoffs. [FULL TEXT]

Malham honored, humbled by award

IN SHORT: Cabot's football coach enters Hall of Fame for success as both a player for ASU and as a coach. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Panthers get tourney host first

IN SHORT: Cabot girls will face Springdale Har-Ber to open 7A state tournament. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville ladies fall in first round

IN SHORT: Atrocious shooting and trouble rebounding, especially in the first half, led to a first-round exit. [FULL TEXT]

Locals shine at state meet

IN SHORT: Lady Panthers take fifth overall while Lonoke senior earns breaststroke gold medal.


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]