Editorials


State flunks
report cards

Schools give students report cards, so the idea of the state giving schools a report card makes sense.
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New district

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.
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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.
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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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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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May 2, 2015



James "Tinker" Siler of Bradford was presented the Bronze Star and Combat Medical Badge Wednesday in Searcy.


Combat medic presented awards

IN SHORT: "Oceans of tears were shed on both sides of the Atlantic..." [FULL TEXT]


Grading upsets Beebe schools

IN SHORT: Shook says report cards don't reflect district's true performance. [FULL TEXT]

Schools still fuming over report cards

IN SHORT: An A grade can still classify schools as needing improvement. [FULL TEXT]

More to state data than grades

IN SHORT: Report gives information about districts, but superintendents leery. [FULL TEXT]


Beebe pitcher Ellie Reaves recorded 14 strikeouts in two wins over Sylvan Hills on Thursday, helping lead the Lady Badgers to the 5A-Central Conference championship and a No. 1 seed.


Badgers sweep for Central title

IN SHORT: Beebe sweeps Sylvan Hills in doubleheader matchup of undefeated 5A-Central teams.
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Panthers shut out 7A Tigers

IN SHORT: Cabot baseball team picks up an important 7A win over Little Rock Central on Wednesday. [FULL TEXT]


JHS counts all of NPHS for newest AAA cycle

IN SHORT: Jacksonville's attributed enrollment nearly doubles for the next two-year athletic classification period. [FULL TEXT]

Pitch Panthers get exact score in wins

IN SHORT: The Cabot soccer teams invoke mercy rule in pair of victories over West Memphis. [FULL TEXT]

Devils' soccer holds off NP

IN SHORT: Jacksonville gets two first-half goals to beat Falcons, likely earn two seed. [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]