Editorials


PACE helps small firms

Local businesses have a friend in Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde.
Hyde is seeking support of area mayors and the quorum court for an initiative to help businesses finance upgrades in their electrical and water systems, which will save companies money and improve the environment.
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Educators young, old

The Jacksonville-North Pulaski County School District may hire a superintendent who is nearing retirement age. Meanwhile, it's been suggested that the district will fire aging teachers in favor of establishing a young and innovative faculty.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 11, 2015



Base honor guard at Doolittle Raider's Funeral
Members of the Little Rock Air Force Base Honor Guard carry the casket of Lt. Col. Robert Hite, a World War II Doolittle Raider, during his funeral in Camden. Hite, one of the pliots who flew on the mission over Tokyo, was a Japanese prisoner of war for 40 months following the bombing raids on April 18, 1942, until his release Aug. 20, 1945. The raid came five months after Pearl Harbor and helped raise morale in the United States in the war against the Axis powers. Hite, a Camden native, died March 29 at the age of 95.


Districts may see changes

IN SHORT: Professor says time is ripe for state board to redraw school boundaries in Pulaski County.
boundaries in Pulaski County.
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E-cycling opportunity

IN SHORT: Pulaski County offers a new service to dispose of old or unwanted computers and more.
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Mom arrested for leaving child

IN SHORT: Six-year-old boy went to service desk after mother disappeared. [FULL TEXT]



Jacksonville's D.J. Scott fouls off a pitch during the Red Devils' 5A-Central doubleheader sweep at Sylvan Hills on Tuesday. The Devils won big in game one, but needed a late rally to win game two.


Red Devils sweep Bears

IN SHORT: Jacksonville baseball team rolls in game one, wins the second game with three late runs.

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NPHS girls, JHS boys win rivalry matches

IN SHORT: Lady Falcons win big with rout of crosstown rival; Red Devils hold off Falcon rally for win.
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Sylvan Hills beats Lady Devils twice

IN SHORT: Lady Bears stay unbeaten in Central. [FULL TEXT]

Solid pitching lifts Panther softball team

IN SHORT: Cabot girls earn two nonconference wins this week with solid play in circle and at plate.
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Lady Rabs hold off Stuttgart, boys lose

IN SHORT: Ricebird grand slam dooms LHS baseball team. [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]