Editorials


Wood and his faculty

Former Arkansas education commissioner Tony Wood is now, or will be once the contracts are signed, the first official Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District superintendent, succeeding the interim superintendent, Bobby Lester, who'll keep the job through June.
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Why districts
look to Cabot

The Van Buren School Board voted unanimously last week to hire Cabot School District deputy superintendent Harold Jeffcoat as the new superintendent of the historic community in western Arkansas.
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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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Mother recalls
end of horror

My 89-year-old mother spoke on Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday at the assisted-living facility in Florida where she lives. She spoke for 10 minutes about the horrors of the concentration camps, as did another survivor, a man who is a couple of years older than my mother.
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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 18, 2015



Hwy. 67/167 Progress
CWorkers install a new Main Street overpass on Hwy. 67/167 in Jacksonville as part of a $200 million project to widen the highway to Cabot and replace bridges on Main Street and Redmond Road.


Wood: We'll make it work

IN SHORT: Versed in all aspects of running a district, veteran educator signs on at JNP. [FULL TEXT]


More time on case needed, judge says

IN SHORT: District Judge D. Price Marshall on Friday declined for now to make Jacksonville-North Pulaski a party to the PCSSD desegregation case he is hearing, encouraged PCSSD to move forward on the divisive issue of seniority at the conjoined districts and warned that his court won't be the arbitrator of detachment disagreements between the two districts. [FULL TEXT]


Mother recalls end of horror

IN SHORT: My 89-year-old mother spoke on Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday at the assisted-living facility in Florida where she lives. She spoke for about 10 minutes about the horrors of the concentration camps, as did another survivor, a man who is a couple of years older than my mother.
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Jacksonville's Ryan Mallison slides safely into home during the Red Devils' 12-2, game one win in their doubleheader sweep of Pulaski Academy on Tuesday at Dupree Park.


PA no match for Red Devil baseball team

IN SHORT: Jacksonville secures playoff spot, in good shape for top seed. [FULL TEXT]


Hillside defeats, no-hits Falcons

IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills wins big in game one, blanks NP in the nightcap. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot girls win at Beebe

IN SHORT: Badger boys second at National Guard Relays, Cabot boys third. [FULL TEXT]

JHS girls hammer PA ladies

IN SHORT: Jacksonville takes just six innings to beat Pulaski Academy twice. [FULL TEXT]

Panthers knock off Hurricane

IN SHORT: Cabot's soccer teams take two conference games against Jonesboro. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Bears beat North Pulaski

IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills puts together huge rallies in each game against NP. [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]