Editorials


The mayor vs.

ex-police chief

(This Leader editorial from Sept. 10, 2014, placed first in the Arkansas Press Association's Better Newspaper contest for large weeklies.)
The Jacksonville mayoral race is heating up, with former Police Chief Gary Sipes gaining momentum and laying out several goals for the city if he is elected.
[FULL TEXT]

Teachers' pay

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.
[FULL TEXT]

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.
[FULL TEXT]

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.
[FULL TEXT]


Lehoczky: A class act and witness to history

Istvan (Steve) Bela Lehoczky, the patriarch of the Hungarian-American community in Little Rock, passed away July 10 at the age of 82.
[FULL TEXT]


Pardons by Beebe
not as bad as Huck's

(This Nov. 15, 2014, political column won first place in the Arkansas Press Association's Better Newspaper contest for large weeklies.)
Gov. Mike Beebe has had a good record on pardons until this week, much better than Gov. Mike Huckabee, his predecessor.
[FULL TEXT]

 

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.
[FULL TEXT]

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.
[FULL TEXT]

 

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.
[FULL TEXT]

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.
[FULL TEXT]

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.
[FULL TEXT]

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.
[FULL TEXT]

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.
[FULL TEXT]

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.
[FULL TEXT]

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.
[FULL TEXT]

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]





Photos Available

HERE









For complete coverage of local news from North Pulaski, Lonoke and White counties

subscribe today for only $18.

July 22, 2015



First Security robbed in Cabot
The Cabot Police Department is investigating a bank robbery at First Security Bank at 2255 W. Main St. on Tuesday. Employees told officers when they responded at 5:15 p.m. that a black man held up the bank with a handgun and fled with an undisclosed amount of money in a dark four-door passenger vehicle, possibly a Nissan. He is 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 180 to 220 pounds. He was wearing a long-sleeved white shirt, dark pants and a dark ball cap. He is armed and dangerous.


Police arrest 11 after 80-person fight at pool

IN SHORT: Ten juveniles and an adult were arrested Saturday on assault and disorderly conduct charges after police responded at 2:58 p.m. to a fight at Splash Zone Water Park, 201 W. Martin St. [FULL TEXT]

Chance to win with recycling

IN SHORT: Jacksonville City Council is told about a program that gives residents weekly, monthly incentives. [FULL TEXT]

Book fires up old memories

IN SHORT: First of two volumes explains growth of city's fire department. [FULL TEXT]

Lehoczky: A class act and witness to history

IN SHORT: Istvan (Steve) Bela Lehoczky, the patriarch of the Hungarian-American community in Little Rock, passed away July 10 at the age of 82. [FULL TEXT]




Cabot shortstop Michael Shepherd makes a leaping catch of a pop fly down the third base line during Monday's loss to Conway. The Centennial Bank senior team will begin play in the American Legion state tournament in Fort Smith on Thursday.


Cabot qualifies for state

IN SHORT: Centennial Bank heading to Fort Smith. [FULL TEXT]


Gwatney is first team ousted at Zone 3 tourney

IN SHORT: Loss to Conway ends summer ball. [FULL TEXT]


Local swimmers shatter records

IN SHORT: Sherwood, Cabot dominate most events, Lonoke teen sets three best times. [FULL TEXT]

Eskridge finishes first season as pro

IN SHORT: Weighing options for the future. [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]