Editorials


Tony Wood
gets to work

As superintendent of the newly formed Jacksonville-North Pulaski County School District, Tony Wood has taken on the biggest challenge of his career. He took over for Bobby Lester last week, having previously been Searcy's superintendent and education commissioner under former Gov. Mike Beebe.
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Do we need
a high court?

You may or may not care about the recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on several monumental issues, from legalizing same-sex marriage to upholding Obamacare, but at least the highest court in the land made cogent arguments in those landmark cases.
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High court makes
two bold decisions

Sometimes judging is easy, a matter of simply applying common sense to political disputes about the law. Other times it could not be harder, such as when judges must decide whether to apply great constitutional principles of law like equality to a society still much beholden to ancient prejudices and mores.
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Market price or fixed deal

Sometime soon, after hearings and some pondering, the state Public Service Commission will give Entergy Corporation the go-ahead to raise the monthly electricity bills of homeowners, businesses and large industries on the company's distribution system in Arkansas.
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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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July 8, 2015



Area celebrates Fourth of July
From left, Gabriella Young, 8, Ava Henderson, 6, and Aryonna Young, 9, take part in the Jacksonville Fourth of July event Saturday evening at the Arkansas Game and Fish Shooting Complex on Graham Road. Several area cities held patriotic celebrations. See more Fourth of July photos in Wednesday's edition of The Leader.


Teachers pay plan approved by board

IN SHORT: Experienced teachers get short shrift in new salary schedule, but Jacksonville district will review it next year if funds available. [FULL TEXT]

School board filings end

IN SHORT: Judge could stop Jacksonville election, but lawyer says it's unlikely. [FULL TEXT]

Murder accomplice pleads guilty

IN SHORT: Estranged wife sentenced to 30 years in killing of Beverly Carter. [FULL TEXT]




Jacksonville youth track team qualifies 18 for AAU Nationals
Cunningham Racing, a track team made up predominantly of Jacksonville students, recently competed in the AAU Regionals in Joplin, Mo., and qualified 18 of its 44 athletes for nationals in Norfork, Va. State rep. Joe Farrer and Jacksonville mayor Gary Fletcher came to the team's practice on Thursday to commemorate the accomplishment. Pictured are national qualifiers Tony Wilkins, from left, Marquez Jackson, Kody Sturgis, Kumari Jackson, Michael Stewart, Donivan Wilson; second row, Alexia Green, Tarion Cunningham, Thomas Jefferson, Corey Sturgis Jr., Stacey Mitchell, Kobe Cunningham, Brodrick Lacey; back row, Ashley Jefferson, rep. Joe Farrer, Calvin Jefferson, Alycia Shaw, Jada Guy, Tatiana Lacy, Mayor Gary Fletcher and Colton Barker.


Jacksonville gets past Sheridan

IN SHORT: Gwatney's senior team gets nice win over strong team. [FULL TEXT]


Cabot juniors sweep LR pair

IN SHORT: Centennial Bank beats Diamond Backs and Eagles on Monday at home. [FULL TEXT]


Cabot takes lumps at its 7-on-7 meet

IN SHORT: Panthers' first action after dead period features several backups as team tries to add depth.
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Quiet leaper learns about limelight

IN SHORT: Jeff Henderson is naturally introverted, but knows spotlight is coming. [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]