TOP STORY >>Man wanted for murder surrenders

BY PEG KENYON Leader staff writerEzekiel Lee Williams, 28, of Jacksonville, has entered a plea of not guilty to one felony of first-degree murder stemming from a Dec. 12 shooting at an apartment complex off Quince Hill Road. Williams, who is accused in the fatal shooting of Shoney Tremaine Allen, a 27-year-old Little Rock man, surrendered to law-enforcement officers at […]

TOP STORY >>Council in Cabot rebuffs shelter

BY JOAN MCCOY Leader staff writerLonoke County Safe Haven won’t get a house in Cabot anytime soon for victims of domestic violence since the city council voted Monday night to not give the special use permit that would have made the project possible. The council is often divided on important issues, but it voted unanimously against the shelter. Council members […]

TOP STORY >>City wants to promote its heritage

BY RICK KRON Leader staff writerAfter the Jacksonville Advertising and Promotion Commission reviewed a 24-page tourism assessment of the city on Monday, Aldermen Bob Stroud made it clear, “We need money. We need to promote this city.” Stroud, a commission member, wants the group to consider proposing up to a three-cent tax on prepared foods, which could bring in about […]

TOP STORY >>Senator will push for plane upgrades

By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader staff writerSen. Blanche Lincoln Tuesday toured the innards of the old C-130 and the new C-130J, part of a morning briefing and visit to Little Rock Air Force Base. Meeting with Brig. Gen. Kip Self, commander of the base, Lincoln vowed her continued support and advocacy for the premier C-130 base in the world. That is where […]

TOP STORY >>Rebsamen examines its future role

By GARRICK FELDMANLeader editor and publisherKurt Meyer, chief executive officer of Rebsamen Medical Center in Jacksonville, was looking at a newspaper article Monday morning about another hospital expansion, this one in Maumelle. “It takes patients away from our area,” Meyer said.Meyer has been at Reb-samen for five years. The city-owned facility, which is a nonprofit and is losing money, has […]

TOP STORY >>Base wants help on schools

By JOHN HOFHEIMER Leader staff writerOfficials from Little Rock Air Force Base, Pulaski County Special School District and the base Community Council have met quietly several times over the last six months to discuss replacing the aging Arnold Drive Elementary School with a new school “outside the wire,” according to Craig Douglass, PCSSD spokesman.Brig. Gen. Kip Self, the wing commander, […]

TOP STORY >>Joyous reunion as airmen return home

By PEG KENYONLeader staff writerThey didn’t play “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” but it could have blared from the flightline early Sunday morning at Little Rock Air Force Base as friends, families and loved ones welcomed 130 airmen home from overseas. The plane filled with returning airmen landed about a half hour earlier than expected, but no one was heard […]

EVENTS>>Fall 2006

This is the very last week to donate to the “Christmas for Kids” program in the Cabot area. Toys or monetary donations are accepted through Friday. Participants may drop items off at any of the elementary or middle schools in the Cabot area or at Express Printing, K-Mart, all Community Bank locations, Waffle House and Dollar General Stores. Monetary donations […]

OBITUARIES >> 12-20-06

SHIRLEY COMER Shirley Ann Brewer Smith Comer, 61, of Jacksonville passed away Dec. 15, at her home. She was born Jan. 27, 1945 in Benton Harbor, MI. She was a member of Military Road Baptist Church and is preceded in death by her mother, Nita Bookout Smith, two brothers and four sisters.Survivors include her loving husband of 40 years, Barry […]

EDITORIALS>>State should audit projects

The Arkansas Supreme Court could not have made it clearer last week that when the state Constitution prohibits the legislature from enacting local and special laws it really means it. Presumably the attorney general will explain to the lawmakers when they gather next month that the opinion means that they should not pass even one local appropriation. Last year they […]