OBITUARIES >> 06-21-06

ROBERT LEWISRobert L. Lewis of Jacksonville died on June 15 at Fort Roots Veterans Hospital in North Little Rock. He was born on March 10, 1936, to the late Margueritte Lewis and the late George Corbin, Sr. of Gilbert, La. He was reared by his grandmother, the late L.V. Lewis and step-grandfather, June Jacobs. His formal education began in Franklin […]

TOP STORY >> Should rich farmers get subsidies?

BY JOAN MCCOYLeader staff writerIN SHORT: Watchdog groups say wealthy politicians like Cong. Berry and Sen. Lincoln and celebrities like Ted Turner, Scotty Pippen and Sam Donaldson shouldn’t get farm aid.Farm subsidies that started in the 1930s, when the average farmer’s income was about half that of most other Americans, have grown over the years as family farms have failed […]

TOP STORY >> Jacksonville-Sherwood fight delayed

BY PAUL PETERSONLeader staff writerIN SHORT: Pulaski County judge postpones Sherwood’s annexation of 2,000 acres until mid-July because of uncertainties about jurisdiction.Four landowners who want their property east and north of Bayou Meto annexed into Sherwood city limits, against the wishes of Jacksonville, will have to wait about a month for an outcome.Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines, who makes the […]

FROM THE PUBLISHER >> Every death is like a loss in the family

BY GARRICK FELDMANLeader publisherSeveral of our friends passed away last week. Two died on the same day, and another at week’s end.Then came word Tuesday morning that U.S. forces recovered the remains of two American soldiers who’d been kidnapped in Iraq, their bodies booby-trapped and mutilated, their features destroyed beyond recognition after hours of unimaginable torture. Pfc. Kristian Menchaca and […]

TOP STORY >> Cabot says no to road project

BY JOAN MCCOYLeader staff writerIN SHORT: Council rejects plan to pay for road that would ease downtown congestion.The road under construction mostly in Lonoke County that would take some of the traffic heading to Wal-Mart out of downtown Cabot will not be completed this year. That’s because a proposed plan to get the city to pay for part of the […]

TOP STORY >> Air base role moves toward combat duty

BY SARA GREENELeader staff writerIN SHORT: Air Mobility Command to return to Little Rock Air Force Base within the next 18 months, general tells community council.Little Rock Air Force Base will have a more active role in the global war on terrorism over the next 18 months, said Brig. Gen. Kip Self, commander of the 314th Airlift Wing, during Tuesday’s […]

TOP STORY >> City officials put spotlight on Sunnyside

BY PAUL PETERSON and PEG KENYONLeader staff writersIN SHORT: Resident, alderman speak out on crime in neighborhood and all of JacksonvilleFor bubbles and basketball, children and adults came together for the Sunnyside Addition Commun-ity Outreach and Awareness Day at Galloway Park in Jacksonville recently. Helping out People Everywhere (HOPE) Community Development Corporation sponsored the event and Theresa Watson, director of […]

EDITORIAL >> Ratepayers still shafted

Here is some shocking news: The state Public Service Commission says it lacks confidence that Arkansas homeowners will be spared having to help pay the electricity bills of people and industries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. It wants some assurances from Entergy Arkansas, the subsidiary of Entergy Corp., that costs are not going to be shifted from those states to […]

NEIGHBORS >> Space Camp

BY SARA GREENELeader staff writerIN SHORT: Students at space camp learn about all forms of flight — even those that end up in a tree.Last week marked the 10th annual Junior Space Camp held at Southside Elementary in Cabot. “They’ll keep coming back to Junior Space Camp as long as it’s offered,” said Joe Mullins, father of Justin, 9, and […]

OPINION >> Drafted Hogs should succeed

BY NATE ALLENLeader columnistIN SHORT: Pitcher Daryle Maday and catcher Blake Parker have what it takes to make it as professional players.FAYETTEVILLE – Don’t be shocked if pitcher Daryl Maday and catcher-third baseman Blake Parker fare well professionally after three years of up-and-down Razorback baseball careers.The two Razorbacks were drafted as juniors in the recent Major League draft, Parker by […]