Editorials


Voter ID law
overturned

Sometimes the law is so clear that appellate courts seem almost superfluous. Anyone who could read could see that the Arkansas legislature violated the state Constitution over and over last year with the act that stopped people from voting if they did not submit official government-issued photographic proof that they were the person they claimed to be when they went to the polls or mailed their absentee ballots.
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Feisty debate in Jacksonville

Last night's debate at the Jacksonville Community Center between Mayor Gary Fletcher and his opponent, former Police Chief Gary Sipes, revealed the tensions that have been brewing in this race since the day Sipes resigned to run against his old boss.
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Parolee in rape case

Elderly abuse isn't talked about enough. But, when it is, we often hear about family members or caregivers who abuse older people physically and financially.
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Booster shot in the arm

Just as flu season begins, Jacksonville got a big healthy dose to fix what ails it --- an $18 million health-care facility. Construction will start next year.
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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]


VA isn't the only problem

It's never a good time to visit a government office, where they're usually understaffed and busy. You might stand in line for 20 minutes at the post office, but you can always come back later — unlike thousands of sick veterans who sit for hours waiting for medical attention at VA hospitals. [FULL TEXT]


New records from Thelonious Monk, Rosanne Cash

Alfred Lion, a refugee from Nazi Germany, founded Blue Note Records in New York on Jan. 6, 1939, when he recorded the boogie-woogie pianists Albert Ammons and Meade (Lux) Lewis after hearing them at the historic "From Spirituals to Swing" concert at Carnegie Hall in New York the month before. [FULL TEXT]


Young girl asks Santa for a very special gift

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]


For Cash, debut in the Rock

Rosanne Cash made her Little Rock debut at a soldout show Nov. 23 at South on Main Restaurant, which is bringing world-class performers to the southern end of downtown in the space where Juanita's used to be. [FULL TEXT]





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October 18, 2014


 

Col. Patrick Rhatigan (right), 19th Airlift Wing commander, accepts the James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle Award from retired Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose, Air Force Historical Foundation president, at the Air Force Memorial last week in Arlington, Va. The 19th AW was presented the James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle Award for significant contributions to the history of airpower.


Doolittle Award goes to historic 19th AW

IN SHORT: Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base gets a major award for decades of global achievement. [FULL TEXT]


Old Sherwood home for sale

IN SHORT: The asking price for Matthews-Clauson house is set at $575,000. [FULL TEXT]




 

The Cabot Panthers talk with coach Jason Rogers in a recent game. The Panthers lost 17-3 to Little Rock Central at Quigley-Cox Stadium.



Injured Cabot limps to loss

IN SHORT: With key players out, Panthers can't move ball. [FULL TEXT]


PA Bruins roll over Red Devils in first half

IN SHORT: Jacksonville gives up 55 points in first half to Pulaski Academy. [FULL TEXT]


Beebe breezes by Sylvan Hills

IN SHORT: Big rallies break open all three games as Lady Badgers beat Lady Bears 3-0. [FULL TEXT]

Bears rout Falcons

IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills scores early and often in easy win over nearby rival North Pulaski. [FULL TEXT]

Defense lifts Badgers

IN SHORT: Beebe defense holds Comets to just 165 total yards in a 5A-Central game on Friday. [FULL TEXT]



Harps donates to Lonoke County Christian Clinic
Lonoke County Christian Clinic coordinator Becky True and pharmacy director Jerry Jones accept a check for $2,500 on Tuesday from Cabot Harps Foods store manager Jerry Davenport (right). The money was raised during the Harps charity golf tournament held in August in Rogers. The Lonoke County Christian Clinic on 502 Richie Road in Cabot is open at 5 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month. The clinic offers free dental, medical and pharmacy services to Lonoke County residents who meet financial guidelines and have no insurance. Call 501-605-5600 for an appointment. The clinic has been open since 2011.


Mystery of women's prison

IN SHORT: Daffodils planted uniformly, foundations buried 4 feet in the ground and the tale of one inmate who was likely the victim of a corrupt system are all that remain of the Arkansas State Farm for Women prison near Jacksonville. [FULL TEXT]

 

Bridging the Gap Resale Shop opens for business

IN SHORT: Bridging the Gap Resale Shop in Lonoke held its grand opening on Wednesday. [FULL TEXT]


CASA fundraising dinner

IN SHORT: Advocacy group to held event for Lonoke County abused kids. [FULL TEXT]