Editorials


Jacksonville taking lead

Jacksonville's new school district is showing the way for Sherwood and Maumelle, which are also trying to separate from the troubled Pulaski County Special School District.
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Last chance, sign petition

Kudos and good luck to those collecting signatures on the wet-dry petitions in Jacksonville. Organizers are only 500 signatures short now and "sprinting to the finish line," Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce board president Roger Sundermeier said Friday.
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Remember Wilbur Mills

In 1965, Rep. Wilbur Mills (D-Kensett), the longtime Second District congressman and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, helped pass Medicare and Medicaid legislation that has provided health care to the state's elderly and poor.
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New district
will rebuild

The Jacksonville School District, which is working toward a complete separation from the Pulaski County Special School District, is floating several new ideas that will improve schools. Plans include closing at least one old school in the new district --- some of the buildings are 50 years or older --- and consolidating two high schools into a new campus near the air base.
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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]

Her niece one plane ahead of fatal flight

Hedy Wuelling, who runs the Jacksonville Animal Shelter, follows the news of the downed Malaysian airliner on Dutch websites because she's from Holland. [FULL TEXT]





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February 25, 2015



This multi-vehicle accident occurred around 1 p.m. Monday on Hwy. 67/167 near the Redmond Road exit in Jacksonville. It significantly slowed traffic while it was snowing. The cars were traveling southbound. The Arkansas State Police handled it, according to Pulaski County Sheriff spokesman Lt. Carl Minden. Bill Sadler, public information officer for the State Police, told The Leader on Tuesday that the report wasn't available yet.

Winter storm causes pileups

IN SHORT: Record is set for late February after snow and low temperatures. [FULL TEXT]


Senate voting on dividing district

IN SHORT: Sherwood and Maumelle want to go their own independent way. [FULL TEXT]

Beauty school makes history

IN SHORT: Carla Jones was the first black student at Arthur's in Jacksonville. [FULL TEXT]





Cabot senior and UA signee Lexi Weeks broke the national high school girls' pole vault record Saturday.

THE BEST IN THE NATION

IN SHORT: Cabot's Lexi Weeks vaults 14-3 1/4 inch to set a new national record Saturday. [FULL TEXT]


JHS seniors lead way to rout of Mills

IN SHORT: Jacksonville girls get 31 points from Antrice McCoy and 13 rebounds from Jerika Hardaway. [FULL TEXT]

Girl grappler wrests title

IN SHORT: Beebe's Destiny Nunez becomes the first female to win a state championship. [FULL TEXT]

Inside game lifts Lonoke to runaway win, regional

IN SHORT: Post players Amanda Sexton and Eboni Willis combine to score 34 points, grab 20 rebounds. [FULL TEXT]



A memorial at the Lonoke County Courthouse honors William Waggoner, who was a longtime judge and a veteran of the First World War.


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]

 


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