The Cabot School Board last week released an open letter criticizing proposed legislation that could hurt the district. The Leader ran an article Saturday under the headline, "Board warns on state cuts." The school board is worried that more open-enrollment charter schools and more taxpayer-funded vouchers for private schools will drain aid for public education.
on the air base
Freshman Rep. French Hill (R-Little Rock) visited Little Rock Air Force Base last week and warned about tough times ahead for the military as spending cuts --- or sequestration in government jargon --- could hit our base with reduction in personnel and airplanes.
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.
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 25, 2015
Cabot holds annual cleanup
Boy Scout Seth Joslin helps unload tires during the Cabot City Beautiful cleanup Saturday. For more photos from the annual event, see today's issue of The Leader.
City gets store for Dirt Cheap
IN SHORT: Mississippi chain ready to move into old Walmart in Jacksonville. [FULL TEXT]
Farmers looking to plant
IN SHORT: Storms have delayed planting season, but weather cooperating. [FULL TEXT]
Elevator funds for courthouse
IN SHORT: Quorum Court in Lonoke County budgets $35,000 for work. [FULL TEXT]
Cabot left fielder Erin Eckert makes a catch while shortstop Heather Hill slides out of the way during Friday's victory.
Lady Panthers display power
IN SHORT: Cabot softball team hits four home runs in North Little Rock TOC. [FULL TEXT]
Panthers secure a sweep in twin bill
IN SHORT: Cabot baseball team stifles Searcy in a 7A/6A-East doubleheader. [FULL TEXT]
Wolff clear leader for Arkansas next season
IN SHORT: Razorback coach says Cabot grad must take ownership of 2015-16 team. [FULL TEXT]
Beebe gets second at Devil Dogs
IN SHORT: Badger track strong at Morrilton; Lady Badgers, Wolves at Heber. [FULL TEXT]
4A champs battle back on Bears
IN SHORT: Arkadelphia overcomes a 7-0 deficit to defeat Sylvan Hills. [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]