A conservative governor and a conservative legislature in a conservative state that ranks as one of the poorest in the nation are about to commit a big lump of taxpayer money to support the national military budget and fatten the profits of one the biggest, richest corporations in the world. Does that make sense? Does it pass the smell test?
Jack McNally, the disgraced former Lonoke County assessor, was arrested for fraud last week after a lengthy investigation that began long before last May's Republican primary in which he was defeated by Jerrell Maxwell after two terms.
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.
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.
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.
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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May 23, 2015
Airmen return from overseas
Relatives, friends and fellow airmen welcome home deployed members from the 41st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base last weekend. After more than six months overseas, about 20 airmen were reunited with their families after supporting combat airlift operations in Afghanistan.
Mistakes result in parolee's shooting
IN SHORT: He had rare ability to move handcuffs from back to front while police weren't looking.
Another report card stuns district
IN SHORT: Searcy takes a big tumble from top three years ago to near bottom, according to state.
El Paso library: Bank on it
IN SHORT: The El Paso community is working on a wealth of knowledge. Volunteers are transforming the old El Paso Bank building into a library that will open by year's end. [FULL TEXT]
Cabot's Tori Weeks soars through the air in the long jump competition during day one of the Arkansas high school Heptathlon on Wednesday.
Twins finish first, second by one point
IN SHORT: Lexi Weeks finishes with 4,481 points to sister Tori's 4,480 for top spot. [FULL TEXT]
Wildcats explode early, take title from Panthers
IN SHORT: Experience shines through as Cabot softball team loses final. [FULL TEXT]
Thirty out for Bison spring ball
IN SHORT: Carlisle football team showing good work ethic in first week of pads. [FULL TEXT]
Red Devils focusing on basics
IN SHORT: Jacksonville gets down to fundamentals in the early spring practices. [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]