The Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District's school board approved a salary schedule Tuesday that would cut the pay of some veteran teachers by as much as 20 percent and reduce their benefits by half. That's all the board, administration and consultants are sure they can afford.
Save Ward library
Ward could lose its little library at the end of the year if the city does not come up with funds for a librarian. The Lonoke-Prairie County Regional System has lost $35,000 in funding after the state legislature cut $1 million in aid to Arkansas libraries.
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.
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.
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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July 11, 2015
A new C-130J for air base...
The crew of Little Rock Air Force Base's new C-130J stand at attention in front of the plane at its arrival Thursday. See more photos in Saturday's edition of The Leader.
...as an old C-130H is transferred
A National Guard C-130H prepares for takeoff at Little Rock Air Force Base. Airmen from the 314th Maintenance Group worked on the aircraft and were the last to be trained by active-duty C-130H instructors. The Air National Guard will now train on older C-130Hs. More in Saturday's edition of The Leader.
LRAFB renews fleet of C-130s
IN SHORT: Four more C-130Js coming after 24th J model arrives at base. [FULL TEXT]
Disparity in pay to teachers remains key issue
IN SHORT: Reduced pay could drive top teachers out of Jacksonville district. [FULL TEXT]
Cabot's Trendy Tulip
IN SHORT: Mother and daughter team up to bring latest styles of must-haves. [FULL TEXT]
Cabot receiver Holdyn Barnes goes high over a Lonoke defender for a touchdown reception during 7-on-7 play Wednesday.
Lonoke County teams making most of 7-on-7
IN SHORT: Cabot, Lonoke working on specifics. [FULL TEXT]
Coach likes the effort at Conway team camp
IN SHORT: Beebe's John Shannon is pleased with his squad's energy in first days back from dead period. [FULL TEXT]
Cabot seniors roll by Eagles
IN SHORT: Centennial Bank's six-run fifth inning puts early end to American Legion game against Little Rock squad. [FULL TEXT]
Ladies hit the hardwood at Gina Cox Center
IN SHORT: Lonoke hosts a girls' basketball camp with Jacksonville, Beebe. [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]