Insulting memory of a fallen soldier
Sgt. Baker maligned despite his sacrifice
__Last Saturday, The Leader reported the death last week of Specialist Ronald Baker of Cabot, who was a member of the Arkansas National Guard's 39th Support Battalion out of Lonoke.
__ Baker, 34, was badly wounded on Oct. 7 after a roadside bomb hit his Humvee in Taji, north of Baghdad. He was riding in the gunner's turret, the most dangerous place in a military vehicle. If it gets hit, it means almost certain death for whoever is in the gunner's turret. [FULL TEXT]

 

 


Early voting continues in area

By JOHN HOFHEIMER
-
Leader Staff Writer
>> IN SHORT>>
With important local races, as well as the hotly contested presidential contest and proposed amendments, registration and early voting are up. [STORY]


Library total washout after rain
By BRIAN RODRIGUEZ
-Leader Staff Writer
>> IN SHORT>>> Jacksonville's rain-damaged Esther Dewitt Nixon Library closed on Tuesday, perhaps forever, i'ts staff will be reassigned to other branches. [STORY]


Strip mall can't get
approval in Cabot

By JOAN MCCOY- Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>> After protests from residents, the city council again refused to give the green light to the proposed Shiloh shopping center despite approval from the planning commission. The council will probably vote on the issue after next month's election. [STORY]


Streak on the Line
By RAY BENTON-
Leader sports editor
>>> IN SHORT>>> Two teams that hold their destiny in their own hands will meet up this Friday night at Panther Stadium when Sylvan Hills rolls into Lonoke County. [STORY]


City council is asking
for 4-year terms

By RICK KRON-Leader Staff writer
>>> IN SHORT>>> Tired of running for re-election every two years, Jacksonville aldermen hope voters will approve a ballot initiative lengthening terms to four years. The measure would also stagger council members' terms. [STORY]


Lonoke Homecoming 2004

Photos By DAVID SCOLLI
-Leader Staff photographer

>>> IN SHORT>>>Lonoke High School homecoming queen Whitney Flam is escorted by Lonoke football player Parker Cordell (No. 75) in the passenger seat and attendants Mia Brown and Colton Tidwell. [PHOTOS]

October 16, 2004


Cabot soldier killed in fighting
By RICK KRON-
Leader staff writer
>> IN SHORT>> A member of the 39th Infantry Brigade in Iraq dies from his wounds in Germany.
[FULL STORY]


Selling Amendment 2
By GARRICK FELDMAN
>> IN SHORT>>>
Jim Pickens, former chief of the state economic development office, thinks he can attract super industries to Arkansas if voters approve a change in the Constitution. [FULL STORY]

October 13, 2004


O'Brien given across-board endorsements

By JOHN HOFHEIMER-
Leader Staff Writer
>> IN SHORT>>
Bipartisan support for county clerk candidate. [FULL STORY]


Nursing home to be daycare
By RICK KRON-Leader Staff Writer
New owners to convert Rose Care
>> IN SHORT>>> Jeff and Maggie Martin, owners of two My First School daycare facilities, received conditional approval from the Jacksonville Planning Com-mission Monday to convert the old rest home into a modern daycare center. [STORY]


Gas prices move closer to $2
By RICK KRON - Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>> Motorists are paying about 50 cents a gallon more than they did a year ago. Gasoline prices have jumped as much as six cents a gallon at some area stations since the beginning of the month. [FULL STORY]


With respect come expectations
By RAY BENTON-
Leader sports editor
>>> IN SHORT>>> Sylvan Hills has taken on and beaten a few teams already this year it wasn't supposed to beat. [FULL STORY]


Air base secures $9M funding

By JOHN HOFHEIMER-Leader Staff writer
Home for choppers at Camp Robinson
>>> IN SHORT>>> President Bush's signature is all that stands between $42 million worth of construction at LRAFB and Camp Robinson, including a $5 million expansion of the C-130J flight simulator training facility, according to Cong. Vic Snyder. [STORY]


CABOTFEST 2004

By BRIAN RODRIGUEZ
-Leader Staff writer
Annual event attracts thousands of area residents
>>> IN SHORT>>> Cabotfest officials estimate about 10,000 attended the event, a lower turnout than was expected because of the weather conditions. [STORY]


County jail meet hears needs, ideas

By JOHN HOFHEIMER-
Leader Staff Writer
>> IN SHORT>>
County Judges Buddy Villines proposes a sales tax increase, but chief deputy favors renegotiated agreement with cities to fund new jail beds for Pulaski County. [FULL STORY]


Ex-sheriff's brother charged
By TOM GALANTE-Leader Staff Writer
Judge orders arrest for attack on lawman


>> IN SHORT>>>
An arrest warrant has been issued for David Martin in connection with a scuffle with Lonoke County Sheriff Jim Roverson at the Ward Jamboree. [STORY]


Cabotfest on Saturday celebrates community

By BRIAN RODRIGUEZ
Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>> The Cabot Chamber of Commerce announced the performers for the performance, entertainment and Christian music stages for the 26th annual Cabotfest.
[FULL STORY]


Rivalry means more this year

By RAY BENTON- Leader sports editor

Bears sitting pretty on top of conference standings at 2-0
>>> IN SHORT>>> Sylvan Hills versus Jacksonville is always a big game to the players of each team. The close proximity of the two schools has made this matchup a big rivalry for many years. [FULL STORY]


Schools may benefit from privatization of housing

By JOHN HOFHEIMER-Leader Staff writer
>>> IN SHORT>>> With the privatization of about 1,200 housing units on Little Rock Air Force Base, revenues collected for both Pulaski County and the Pulaski County Special School District will change - but so far, no one will even venture a guess at the amount. [STORY]


KINGS of the RING
By MELISSA McCOLLISTER
and
CHRISTY HENDRICKS
>>> IN SHORT>>> Inside the McRae Fire Department, not a chair was left for newcomers and the early birds were eating chili and snacks while watching the second American Professional Wrestling match Saturday between Acid of Bald Knob and Eric Slade of Searcy.[STORY]


October 20, 2004

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