Editorials


Fireworks set
fuse in Cabot

The Cabot City Council is considering lifting the city's ban on fireworks, which would make official what has long been known: Police officers have stopped responding to every complaint about bottle rockets.
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Col. Rhatigan,
farewell friend

Col. Patrick Rhatigan will step down later this month as commander of the 19th Airlift Wing and retire from the Air Force after 22 years of outstanding service to our nation.
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PCSSD needs
a millage hike

Schools give students report cards, so the idea of the state giving schools a report card makes sense.
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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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The last time
King of Blues
sang at home

B.B. King, who passed away in his sleep in his Las Vegas home Thursday night at the age of 89, had been frail for years. Yet he kept performing until last fall, always willing to meet his fans and pose for pictures and sign autographs.
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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 16, 2015



Cabot graduates honor favorite teachers
Cabot High School seniors, who graduated Friday night during a ceremony at Verizon Arena, presented Life Impact Diplomas on Thursday to teachers who inspired them. It was the sixth year for the awards, with 200 seniors giving awards to teachers, administrators, cafeteria workers and bus drivers. Cabot High School agriculture teacher Monica Griffin is given Life Impact Diplomas by Taylor Wofford (left) and Lauren Griffin.


Lester: Millage needed

IN SHORT: Jacksonville Middle School demoralizing to kids and tax is needed. [FULL TEXT]


The last time King of Blues sang at home

IN SHORT: B.B. King, who passed away in his sleep in his Las Vegas home Thursday night at the age of 89, had been frail for years. Yet he kept performing until last fall, always willing to meet his fans and pose for pictures and sign autographs. [FULL TEXT]

The Old White House

IN SHORT: One of Cabot's few historic homes, the Old White House beside Northside Elementary, is getting a new lease on life. [FULL TEXT]


Cabot junior Maddie Rice takes possession during the Lady Panthers' 2-0 win over Rogers Heritage in the first round of the 7A state tourney in Bryant.


Cabot girls beat Heritage

IN SHORT: Lady Panthers advance, lose in second round. [FULL TEXT]


Bears win first round of play in 5A tourney

IN SHORT: Bears senior pitcher Marcus Long took the mound in the fourth, no-hits Pioneers for win.
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Devils take win against Nettleton

IN SHORT: Red Devils dominant at plate and on mound en route to win. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Badgers move on to quarterfinals

IN SHORT: Beebe softball team gets by Forrest City with two runs in third inning and Reaves no-hitter. [FULL TEXT]

Central teams lose out to East at state

IN SHORT: All six local teams fall in first round of 5A state tournament. [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]