Asa saves us from disaster
Gov. Hutchinson's learning curve in his first 80 days has been both steep and gradual, but either way he has demonstrated a remarkable ability to finesse his way out of a mess, even one of his own creation. On the last day of the legislative session he executed a complete about-face and killed a bill permitting businesses to discriminate against sexual minorities that only four days earlier he had earnestly sought. Everyone seemed to cheer.
it will be fair
The Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District is not quite off the ground yet --- it's still a two-person operation with a couple of part-timers and an interim school board --- but teachers are concerned about future pay and even if they'll have a job once the district completes its separation from the Pulaski County Special School District.
Broken glass still lies in parking lot
Someone's sideview mirror must have broken during a visit to the Jacksonville post office during the ice storm early last month.
The separation between the Pulaski County Special School District and the new Jacksonville district is much like a divorce, albeit a somewhat friendly one.
Son of Delta:
Be a winner
Lloyd E. Shefsky is a retired international lawyer and entrepreneur who was born in Arkansas, raised in Chicago and is now semi-retired in Florida. He's still lecturing, consulting and writing books about living the American Dream through hard work, personal vision and playing by the rules.
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]
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April 4, 2015
Thunder and lightning at LRAFB
A storm moves to the southeast of Little Rock Air Force Base on Tuesday evening as much of the area saw golfball-sized hail. Spring brings dangerous storms with high winds, hail, heavy rain and sometimes tornadoes to Arkansas. The air base is always on alert for bad weather.
Lawmakers here in key roles on bill
IN SHORT: Governor rejects "overreaching" religious freedom bill, signs alternative pushed by local legislators. [FULL TEXT]
New community center on base
IN SHORT: New facility named for colonel who was devoted to airmen's welfare. [FULL TEXT]
Mrs. Hutchinson hails Open Arms
IN SHORT: Governor's wife tells banquet that it is important to help the most vulnerable in our society, but more help is needed to fight child abuse in Arkansas. [FULL TEXT]
Cabot senior and University of Arkansas commitment Micah Huckabee leads the pack in the 800-meter race Tuesday at Panther Stadium.
Lady Panthers set records in victory
IN SHORT: Cabot girls' track team wins home meet, sets new marks in four different events. [FULL TEXT]
Red Devils' kicking Cadet
IN SHORT: Jacksonville's soccer star and place kicker accepted to Army Academy. [FULL TEXT]
Jacksonville defeats NLR
IN SHORT: Red Devils come from behind twice to knock off Class 7A North Little Rock for the second time this season. [FULL TEXT]
Sylvan Hills earns sweep against Devils
IN SHORT: Lady Bears get a lopsided shutout while Bears cruise to 6-1 win over the shorthanded Jacksonville boys Tuesday. [FULL TEXT]
Justin Matthews Sr. was a visionary who developed Park Hill in North Little Rock and much of Sylvan Hills, which later formed the city of Sherwood. Among his projects there were the Roundtop Filling Station and The Greens at North Hills golf course.
Tycoon who built Sherwood
IN SHORT: Justin Matthews saw the future growth of the area long before anyone else. [FULL TEXT]
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]