all its money
The Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District is completing its separation from the Pulaski County Special School District on schedule. An interim school board is in place, and school board elections will be held in September. The new district should become completely independent during the 2016-17 school year.
Big potholes plague area
How bad are the potholes right now?
"I've driven or been driven in Newton County, Belize, Mexico, Greece and Kathmandu, and the potholes on Hwy. 67/167 at Jacksonville are probably the worst I've seen," Leader senior staff writer John Hofheimer said.
get big break
Although the Jacksonville and Sherwood wet-dry campaigns did not get enough signatures to get their initiative on the ballot this spring, they got a boost last week in the legislature, which passed a bill that requires signatures from far fewer registered voters to put the measure before voters.
Re-homing harms kids
We had heard about "re-homing" children, mainly from a Reuters investigation two years ago about Americans who adopted children from overseas and then used the Internet to dump them, sometimes to predators, when the kids proved to be troublesome. But we were shocked to learn that trafficking in vulnerable children happens right here in Arkansas, apparently legally, with the tragic results you would expect.
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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March 14, 2015
Maintainers in combat
Master Sgt. Timothy Lander, a 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron member, tells his family goodbye before deploying from Little Rock Air Force Base. These airmen enable combat airlift and expeditionary support while deployed in Southwest Asia in the war on terrorists.
District not out of fiscal distress
IN SHORT: State rules that PCSSD's finances are still not strong enough. [FULL TEXT]
Guilty plea made in wife's murder
IN SHORT: Ex-auxiliary sheriff's deputy gets life without parole in shooting. [FULL TEXT]
Severe potholes getting repaired
IN SHORT: Hwy. 67/167 lanes closed Friday so crews could patch weather damage. [FULL TEXT]
Crouch roasted in Cabot
IN SHORT: Former FBI agent and Cabot coach in the hot seat for fundraiser. [FULL TEXT]
Jacksonville football coach Barry Hickingbotham talks with North Pulaski students who may play for JHS next season.
JHS coaches visit North P.
IN SHORT: Number of potential players present at meeting surprises everyone. [FULL TEXT]
Sylvan Hills could lose players to Jacksonville
IN SHORT: One of the controversies about the North Pulaski football team merging with Jacksonville next year involves the number of North Pulaski students who reside in what will be Sylvan Hills' zone once the new Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District breaks free from Pulaski County on July 1, 2016. [FULL TEXT]
First-inning rally lifts Panthers over Beebe
IN SHORT: Cabot softball team remains undefeated with shutout at home of 5A powerhouse Beebe.
Cabot boys and girls add to title run
IN SHORT: Panthers, ladies make it eight bowling championships. [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]