TOP STORY > >Tax collections above projections

By RICK KRONLeader staff writerJacksonville will take in almost $200,000 more than it projected in taxes for the city’s advertising and promotion commission by the end of the year.The recession has not hit the city’s restaurants or motels based on the latest tax-collection figures presented at the Jacksonville Advertising and Promotion Commission meeting Monday night.City Finance Director Paul Mushrush had […]

TOP STORY > >Why Obama must hold Hillary close

By GARRICK FELDMANLeader editor-in-chiefPresident-elect Barack Obama is said to be considering Hillary Clinton for secretary of state to discourage her from challenging him for the Democratic nomination in 2012.He’s hoping that holding her close will discourage Hillary from entering the primaries should his administration falter. That’s right: He hasn’t taken office yet, but potential competitors are lining up just in […]

TOP STORY > >MEMs cuts ambulance service in Cabot

By JOAN McCOYLeader staff writerCuts in Medicare have made it difficult for ambulance services to pay for themselves, so in Cabot, where MEMS has the exclusive franchise, the city began paying a subsidy this year that was estimated at $50,000 but will actually be about $62,000.But that price will likely be cut in half in 2009, because MEMS has suggested […]

TOP STORY > >Board considers booting Sharpe

By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader senior staff writerWith the jobs of Superintendent James Sharpe and several top administrators perhaps hanging in the balance, the Pulaski County Special School District Board took five minutes in an emergency meeting Tuesday night to hire a lawyer to review their contracts and the board’s power to hire and fire the staff members.By a 4-0 vote, the […]

TOP STORY > >Church site working for pupils, staff

By JOHN HOFHEIMER and NANCY DOCKTERLeader staff writersLike a jigsaw puzzle with too many pieces or may-be not enough, dozens of district and church hands on Tuesday pieced together a picture of school-as-usual for 750 displaced elementary school students from William Jefferson Clinton Elementary Magnet School.Together the teachers unloaded eight rental trucks full of boxes, tables, supplies, filing cabinets and […]

EDITORIAL >>Beebe’s grocery tax

It is scarcely wise to second-guess Gov. Mike Beebe on budget matters. He was the acknowledged master of the budget for 20 years in the legislature, and his tight budgets have continued to produce treasury surpluses in the midst of a troubled economy.Still, we wonder about Beebe’s up-front commitment to cut the sales taxes on groceries another penny next year, […]

EDITORIAL >>Huckabee’s latest tome

No sooner had he been eliminated from the Republican presidential sweepstakes than Mike Huckabee got down to the business of getting out another book. Sure enough, he beat everyone else to the market to capitalize on the momentous 2008 campaign, and this week he began a tour of Republican states to push sales. When a buck is to be made […]

SPORTS>>Lonoke draws tough Warren

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterThey say hard work is its own reward. For Lonoke coach Jeff Jones, it has to be, because the Jackrabbits’ reward for their perfect run through the 2-4A Conference and a No. 1 seed in the playoffs is a second-round matchup with perennial power Warren.The Lumberjacks (9-2) will visit James B. Abraham Field this Friday after they […]

SPORTS>>Lady Jackrabbits win big against Lady Warriors

By KELLY FENTONLeader sports editorAs bad as Little Rock Hall was on Monday night in the opening round of its RAPA Roundball Rally, it was a little difficult to assess the new-look Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits, even after they walloped the Lady Warriors, 65-22.One thing is for certain: The Lonoke girls are not going to be the slow-down, grind-it-out team of […]

SPORTS>>Badgers must slow down PA

By KELLY FENTONLeader sports editorIn the next few weeks, NFL Films will air a segment about Pulaski Academy head coach Kevin Kelley, specifically his unorthodox philosophy that going for it on fourth down is almost always preferable to punting, even deep inside your own territory.Well, a quick glance at the Bruins’ astonishing offensive numbers this year will have you asking, […]