Editorials


Still hauling after 60 years

The mighty C-130 Hercules reached a milestone Saturday, marking the 60th anniversary of its first flight at Burbank, Calif., on Aug. 23, 1954.
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Don't end early voting

Jacksonville voters will decide Sept. 16 on forming their own school district. They can vote early starting Sept. 9-Sept. 15 at the Jacksonville Community Center, William F. Laman Library in North Little Rock and the Pulaski County Regional Building in downtown Little Rock.
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Chamber is on board

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce's board of directors on Thursday voted to support the city's efforts aimed at getting its own school district ahead of a Sept. 16 election asking residents to break away from the Pulaski County Special School District.
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Ward's tax vote

Ward voters will decide in November if the city should raise its sales tax from 1 cent up to 2 cents.
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Pupils need recess break

Just when it seemed the Pulaski County Special School was doing right, it turns right around and does something stupid — it has taken away recess at the elementary level. [FULL TEXT]

School-year excitement

As students return to school on Monday and Jacksonville voters count down to Sept. 16 to form their own district, we can't recall a more exciting start to any school year.
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The future it up to us

We've said it before: Jacksonville puts "unity" in community.
Finally, local control of our schools is within our grasp.
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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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August 27, 2014


Hwy. 67/167 improvement

The widening of Hwy. 67/167 in Jacksonville is getting underway, including new overpasses at Redmond Road and Main Street. Before the widening starts, two lanes in each direction will be resurfaced by Chester Bross Construction of Hannibal, Mo., for $2,696,218. Expect slowdowns.


Early voting to end in county

IN SHORT: Committee is divided over adding Carlisle and England, so no one will. [FULL TEXT]


Two seek quorum court seat

IN SHORT: Johnson is stepping down as JP to succeed Perry in Dist. 42. [FULL TEXT]

When firm's comptroller steals $1.1M

IN SHORT: 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]




Jacksonville Red-White celebration

Jacksonville sophomore running back Jakyree Wynne, 8, breaks into the secondary where senior cornerback Javier Robinson, 85, tries to strip the ball during Saturday's Red-White game at Jan Crow Stadium. See more details of the event on page 2B in Wednesday's edition of The Leader.



Hillside offense soars by Senators

IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills racks up astronomical numbers in first quarter of scrimmage at Joe T. [FULL TEXT]


Cabot handles Lake Hamilton

IN SHORT: Panthers' sophomores play well in preseason scrimmage. [FULL TEXT]


LHS defense dominates

IN SHORT: Jackrabbits stuff Hornets' rushing attack. [FULL TEXT]


This photo from the Museum of American History in Cabot shows World War I Soldiers who might be from Lonoke County. The museum's curator, Mike Polston, is asking the public to help identify the men.



Help save WWI historical items

IN SHORT: Museums to mark the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into the war. [FULL TEXT]


Cabot couple reopen White River Theater

IN SHORT: Heather Moore of Cabot had a vision of bringing to Mountain View a family-friendly show honoring the military. [FULL TEXT]