fields all star
Tony Wood, Jacksonville-North Pulaski's superintendent-select, is due to take over those duties for the fledgling district July 1 from hometown hero Bobby Lester, and it's hard to imagine anyone better qualified for the job.
Report cards a mixed bag
In the state's efforts to give parents a simple way of seeing how their schools are doing, it has created an often contradictory, hard-to-understand report card that doesn't show how the state decided on the grade for each school.
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.
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.
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.
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 29, 2015
Big crowd for Strawberry Fest
Pamela Hopkins and her daughter, Farrah, 11, of Vilonia purchase some fresh strawberries from Cabot Patch owner Laird High at the 13th annual Strawberry Fest held Saturday at Veterans Community Park.
PCSSD: New district should be excluded
IN SHORT: Schools in Pulaski County don't want JNPSD in deseg lawsuit. [FULL TEXT]
Concert series marks 10th year
IN SHORT: IBLA winners to astonish crowds May 8 with "world-class" music. [FULL TEXT]
PCSSD wants to keep schools with millage hike
IN SHORT: Reprieve for two historically black schools recommended. [FULL TEXT]
Cabot seniors Lexi Weeks, left, and Tori Weeks finished first and second in the 100-meter hurdles on Friday.
Lady Panthers win conference
IN SHORT: Boys perform well for third place. [FULL TEXT]
Falcons' soccer sweeps Bears
IN SHORT: NP boys and girls win by one goal in big 5A-Central games at SHHS. [FULL TEXT]
Red Devil pitching silences Badgers
IN SHORT: Jacksonville's experience comes through in win over the 4A powerhouse. [FULL TEXT]
Jackrabbits trot to win over NPHS
IN SHORT: Lonoke drew 14 walks in easy nonconference victory over North Pulaski. [FULL TEXT]
Beebe gets walk-off hit, beats NLR
IN SHORT: The Lady Badger softball team knocks off the defending 7A champions. [FULL TEXT]
Tech. Sgt. Eric Sims, a 314th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hydraulic systems craftsman, stands in the back of a C-130H at Little Rock Air Force Base. Sims received the 2014 Air Force Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Maintenance Award.
Exceptional airman wins AF honor
IN SHORT: Tech. Sgt. Eric Sims recognized for outstanding maintenance. [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]