Editorials


Jacksonville gets its turn

For the first time in a long time, Jacksonville is growing faster than its neighboring communities of Sherwood and Cabot.
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New district
fears lawsuits

Keep your friends close, but your adversaries closer---going forward, that needs to be the motto of the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School Board and administrators, or its detachment from the Pulaski County Special School District could slip into another expensive, long-running legal quagmire.
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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.
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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.
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Musicians who made
stars shine

Legacy/Sony Entertain-ment has issued "Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City," a two-CD compilation to coincide with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's exhibition celebrating the music of several gifted studio musicians who backed not only Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash but many other stars who helped create the Nashville sound in the 1960s and beyond.
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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.
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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.
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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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August 1, 2015



Ladder truck is 10 stories tall
The Sherwood Fire Department received a new 2014 Smeal Ladder truck for $742,000. Because it was a demo model, the department saved $139,000. The truck was driven in from Smeal Fire Truck facility in Snyder, Neb. The new truck has a ladder that will reach a height of 105 feet. The truck will hold 480 gallons of water and 20 gallons of foam. Below, the tradition of pushing in new trucks started with the horse-drawn steam engine in the 1900s. When horses were detached from the engine, firefighters had to push the engine into the garage to line it up with the steam pipes. The ceremony honors those pioneering firefighters of the past.



Roadshow stops in Little Rock

IN SHORT: No one protested as our media guide led us to the front of long lines and through a sea of intriguing items around 5,000 people brought to "Antiques Roadshow" appraisers last Saturday at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. [FULL TEXT]

New financing urged for links

IN SHORT: Sherwood may save $1 million in the long run with new plan. [FULL TEXT]




Jackrabbits of present and future at Lonoke Youth Football Camp
Jackson Gentry, 5, runs a tackling drill as current Jackrabbit Jawaun Bryant holds the tackling dummy Wednesday at the Lonoke Youth Football Camp. Players and coaches were on hand at the two-day camp, teaching offensive and defensive fundamentals, while emphasizing fun.


Central golf teams begin play Tuesday

IN SHORT: Local 5A golf teams start matches next week, want more players. [FULL TEXT]


Panther swims to Delta

IN SHORT: Spending time in a pool is something the majority of people in this part of the world enjoy doing this time of year, but 2015 Cabot High School graduate Noah Joyner has been in the pool for three-straight years now, and he'll spend his fourth year doing it at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., this fall. [FULL TEXT]


Cabot golf team young, talented

IN SHORT: Panthers lack experience at varsity level, but have lots of potential. [FULL TEXT]

Herbert chiseling Hogs in shape

IN SHORT: Arkansas strength coach making 'ridiculous' impact on Razorbacks. [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]