EDITORIAL
No to Amendment 2
___So irresistible is the siren song of new jobs that every Southern and Midwestern state has been engaged in an escalating and cutthroat war to obtain them, using the weapons of tax breaks and sometimes an outright dole from the hard-earned dollars of taxpayers.
___ There is scant evidence that all the tax abatements and gifts have created many net new jobs for the tens of billions of treasure that state and local governments have handed to corporations that took advantage of them and still less proof that they fulfill their basic promise, luring a big plant from one state to another. [FULL TEXT]

Pay it back, Marvin
___Here is a dependable axiom to follow in politics: The level of righteousness of a political candidate shall be in inverse proportion to his own performance.
___ State Rep. Marvin Parks of Greenbrier, the Republican candidate for Congress from the Second District, offers the latest proof. [FULL TEXT]


She survives wreck, but mom murdered
___
Susan Sweet of Ward was driving home from work four years ago on Hwy. 67/167 when a car jumped across the median and hit her car head-on, nearly killing her.
___ She was in a coma for several days, and the doctors didn't think she was going to make it.
___ "I was in the hospital for a month and in rehab for 15 days," Sweet recalled.
___ She was laid up in bed for several months at home. Her husband and her mother took care of her while she was re-covering.
___ Her mother, Mattie Ba-singer, had cancer, but she would drive from Little Rock to Ward and stay a week and feed and bathe Susan till she could get on her feet. [FULL STORY]

 

 



ACE: A school like no other

By JOAN McCOY-
Leader Staff Writer
>> IN SHORT>>
Cabot's Academic Center of Excellence is hailed as "the future of education, a new twist on the one-room school house" by school administrators. [FULL STORY]


Sewer plant is needed in Cabot
By JO AN McCOY -Leader Staff Writer
Inadequate facility must be replaced

>> IN SHORT>>>
Jim Towe, Cabot's public works director, is giving aldermen guided tours of the city's wastewater treatment plant just to make sure they understand that it really can't be repaired. [STORY]


Clerks race for Staley's job
heats up a notch

By JOHN HOFHEIMER
Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>> Deputy Hay challenges O'Brien to a debate after he makes allegations.
[FULL STORY]


Jacksonville must right ship

By RAY BENTON-
Leader sports editor
Undefeated Hurricane look to make Red Devils drop to 0-2

>>> IN SHORT>>> Jacksonville has a crucial game coming up this Friday night against highly ranked Jonesboro. [FULL STORY]


Fire college tests
preparedness

By TOM GALANTE-Leader Staff
>>> IN SHORT>>> The fire college, hosted 50 firefighters from 10 different departments. [STORY]


BEEBE FEST
By MELISSA McCOLLISTER
and
CHRISTY HENDRICKS
>>> IN SHORT>>> The obvious main attraction at this year's Beebefest event was the appearance of several wrestlers. [STORY]

September 25, 2004 2-story update (no link)


Cabot couple says the home they bought was a meth lab

By EILEEN FELDMAN- Leader Managing Editor
>> IN SHORT>> Clarence and Hazel Cornell moved from Antioch to McRae just 14 months ago, hoping, as Clarence, 65, puts it, "to spend our golden years there."
[FULL STORY]


Payday lenders under fire
By JOHN HOFHEIMER and TOM GALANTE
>> IN SHORT>>>
Critics charge cash advance businesses prey on desperate customers, especially military personnel, who pay high interest rates even on the smallest consumer loans.
[FULL STORY]

September 22, 2004


Nash is Cabot board winner

By JOHN HOFHEIMER-
Leader Staff Writer
>> IN SHORT>> Brooks Nash, who retired three years ago as principal at Junior High South, was elected to the Cabot School Board.
[FULL STORY]


She relives tragedy everyday
By JOHN HOFHEIMER Leader Staff Writer
>> IN SHORT>>>
In a speech reminiscent of the one she gave at the Republican National Convention in August, the widow of a United Flight 93 hero who died September 11 in a rural Pennsylvania field challenged members of the Little Rock Air Force Base community council Tuesday to be a hero to someone. [STORY]

It's fair time in Lonoke Co.

By EILEEN FELDMAN
Leader Managing Editor
>>> IN SHORT>>> The 64th annual Lonoke County Fair and Livestock Show opens today and runs through Sat. Sept. 25. [FULL STORY]

Cabot and Searcy to square off

By RAY BENTON-
Leader sports editor
>>> IN SHORT>>> Cabot Footbal coach Mike Malham will take his second shot at getting career win No. 200 when his team begins conference play in Searcy. [FULL STORY]

Abusive payday lending

By JOHN HOFHEIMER -Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>> So-called payday lenders are really loan sharks in a feeding frenzy around military installations like Little Rock Air Force Base, according to a newly formed coalition. [FULL STORY]


WARD JAMBOREE

Story by RICK KRON
Photos by DAVID SCOLLI
>>> IN SHORT>>> Annual fun-filled festival attracts plenty of political candidates. [STORY]

September 15, 2004


POW/MIA Ceremony

By TOM GALANTE-
L eader Staff Writer
>> IN SHORT>> The Little Rock Air Force Base held a Prisoner of War and Missing in Action recognition ceremony Tuesday.
[FULL STORY]


Candidates discuss issues
By JOAN McCOY Leader Staff Writer
Hopefuls for Cabot board tell positions.
>> IN SHORT>>>
Forum hears candidates discuss issues facing the district, including teacher pay raises. [FULL STORY]

Pizza to go for access

By JOHN HOFHEIMER
Leader writer
>>> IN SHORT>>> A badly needed new northbound entry onto Hwy. 67/167 threatens a popular Jacksonville eatery, but the owner says it to early to decide what to do. [FULL STORY]

Panthers host
top-ranked Tigers

By RAY BENTON-
Leader sports writer
>>> IN SHORT>>> Panther Stadium will be the state's center of attention Friday night as defending state champion Little Rock Central brings their 15-game winning streak into town to take on the Cabot Panthers. [FULL STORY]

Air base seeks to extend noise controls

By RICK KRON Leader Staff Writer
>>> IN SHORT>>> The Jacksonville City Council could require better insulation in nearby homes because the all-new C-130Js are slightly noisier than their predecessors and more flight training is being done at night. [FULL STORY]

Precious Memories

Story and Photos By
Melissa McCollister

>>> IN SHORT>>> Grandparents, daughters and grandchildren collected family photographs and met to make memories over cake and punch at Lonoke County's Extension Office last week. [STORY]

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