Editorials


New group encouraging

The Downtown Jacksonville Business Association held its first meeting in August. Since then, it has quickly made its mark on the community by providing a venue for local business owners and residents to discuss ways to improve the city's economic prospects and the community overall.
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Expansion
helps state

Here's some news that should cheer Gov. Hutchinson and the Republican lawmakers who designed the private-option plan for implementing the Medicaid portion of Obamacare, but it will not please their friends in any of our surrounding states. The Kaiser Family Foundation, the national health-care research group, reported that state spending on all Medicaid programs increased twice as fast in the 21 states that did not expand Medicaid to poor adults as it did in the other 29 states, including Arkansas, that did.
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Plan to save
North Metro

Rock Bordelon, chief executive officer of Allegiance Health Management, claims he and his company are the saviors of North Metro Medical Center in Jacksonville. But it looks more like a bull turned loose in a fine china shop to deal with a mouse problem.
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Making kids
look good

Appearances are everything, right? So, if your kids don't pass the test, just lower the scale to show that they passed. Everyone is happy --- the kids, their parents, the teachers, school administrators and state officials, who can proclaim, after all, that their schools are preparing children for college and good careers.
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Planting of tree
is symbol of hope

President Clinton on Friday helped dedicate a small sapling taken from the chestnut tree outside Anne Frank's window in Amsterdam and now planted in 11 cities in the U.S.
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Base always on missions, target same

Commander says LRAFB a role model for others to emulate.
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Next 60 years at LRAFB

Investment in runway proves base national asset, Brown says.
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Colonel: Guards will get medals

Ceremony next week for airmen whose quick action prevented a potential massacre.
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Deja vu: Refugees
from '50s to today

The scenes of Syrian refugees stranded last week at the two main train stations in Budapest brought back memories of the Hungarian revolution in 1956, when my family took a train from Budapest to the Austrian border in December ahead of the Soviet army that had crushed the uprising.
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Lucille: mystery woman
solved

A marker at the Twist Plantation in Cross County commemorates a fire that broke out during a fight at a dance hall where B.B. King was playing with his band.
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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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October 24, 2015



Stunts wow crowd
Southern BMX Stunt Show of Sherwood recently performed for students at Cabot Middle School South. The school's parent-teacher organization asked the show to come as a reward for students raising $15,000 in their cookie-dough fundraiser. The funds will be used for student incentives, books, bleachers for the P.E. gym and school supplies. Above, Danny Harrison, the show's owner, announces the trick Larry Dixon of Rogers pulls off for students at the school. See Saturday's edition of The Leader for more photos.


Construction projects are over budget

IN SHORT: Delays add to costs of sports complex and community center. [FULL TEXT]


Nurses singing doctor's praises

IN SHORT: Named city of the year by floodplain association for drainage work as Jackie Davis recognized chief of the year. [FULL TEXT]

'Tales from Beyond' in Lonoke

IN SHORT: Prominent residents to portray key figures from the past. [FULL TEXT]




Sylvan Hills quarterback Jordan Washington is tackled by a trio of McClellan defenders during the Lions' 44-32 victory.

 

McClellan too 'Strong' for Bears

IN SHORT: Lion tailback runs for 300-plus and five touchdowns in big upset. [FULL TEXT]


Panthers pummel Bombers

IN SHORT: Cabot wins easy mismatch against 6A team Mountain Home on Friday. [FULL TEXT]


Lonoke girls beat BPA at 4A-2 District

IN SHORT: The Lady Jackrabbits qualify for state with victory over Baptist Prep Academy on Tuesday.
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Beebe completes 5A-Central sweep

IN SHORT: Lady Badgers drop a set, but rebound to finish league unbeaten. [FULL TEXT]

Brinkley runs through Carlisle defense

IN SHORT: Bison can't find way to stop Tigers' offense in 2A-6 matchup. [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]