Base opens new center

Little Rock Air Force Base last week celebrated the grand opening of the Walters Community Support Center, a multi-purpose building that will serve the needs airmen and their families for generations.

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.

District says
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.

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
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]

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April 8, 2015

Westside Elementary in Cabot celebrates Arbor Day
State forest ranger John Pressgrove gets help planting a tree from second-graders Michael Landers, Crespin DeRosa and T.J. Willis. Four trees were planted on Tuesday at Westside Elementary School in Cabot to celebrate Arbor Day. The state Forestry Commission helped plant the trees on the second-grade playground. The trees were donated by Steeplechase Apartments, the Cabot Lions Club and the Westside PTO. Home Depot donated mulch and building materials for a wooden bench built by Brock Onken, a Westside PTO member. Mayor Bill Cypert proclaimed the day as Arbor Day in the city. Cabot City Beautiful president Becky Boyette was on hand to mark the 10th year Cabot has been a Tree City USA member.

Insider tops school chief search

IN SHORT: Former state education commissioner is the front-runner, but LR deputy superintendent also considered. [FULL TEXT]

Mayor glad lawmakers home

IN SHORT: Fletcher believes state legislature is making it more difficult to operate at city level. [FULL TEXT]

150 years after, remembering Gen. Lee's surrender to Grant

IN SHORT: Arkansas program commemorates key events in Civil War. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot senior Lexi Weeks pulls away in the 400-meter race at a recent meet. Weeks won the 400-meter Thursday.

Cabot girls just shy of first

IN SHORT: Even with just part of the team, the Lady Panthers place second at Russellville. [FULL TEXT]

CHS girls get split at home

IN SHORT: The Lady Panthers' softball team drops its first DH game to Marion, wins game two. [FULL TEXT]

Panthers take two wins over Patriots

IN SHORT: Cabot baseball wins big in both 7A/6A-East doubleheader games at home; now 4-0 in league. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Rabs score five in seventh

IN SHORT: Lonoke softball team breaks open close game in final inning to knock off Riverview Raiders. [FULL TEXT]

Jackrabbits still perfect in blowout

IN SHORT: Lonoke puts together a dominant effort in a conference road win over Riverview on Monday. [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]