EDITORIAL >> Cleaning up mess at UCA

A little public humiliation can go a long way toward cleaning up bad government policy. The bidding war among universities for high-achieving high school graduates, financed largely by the tuition of ordinary youngsters, has been no secret for many years. Neither has been the backdoor largesse lavished on college presidents. But it took the fall of Lu Hardin, the freewheeling […]

EDITORIAL >> Bingo tax attacked

What is it about Fort Smith and its love affair with bingo? Now its lawmakers are trying to repeal the little tax on bingo parlors that pays for the state to police the bingo operations. Not only that, they would give back most of the $1.1 million that has already been collected and pretty much stop regulating the bingo operators.Two […]

TOP STORY >> Training for the unexpected

By AIRMAN 1st CLASS ROCHELL CLACE19th Airlift Wing Public AffairsApproximately 225 airmen participated in an exercise at Little Rock Air Force Base Feb. 19 in which two exercise scenarios – an anti-hijacking and terrorist weapon of mass destruction hospital attack – were created to train service members for possible real-world situations.The large scale exercise was one of four required emergency […]

TOP STORY >> Seven candidates file for mayor

By GARRICK FELDMANLeader executive editorSeven candidates have filed to run in the May 12 special election for Jacksonville mayor to replace Tommy Swaim, who is retiring July 1 after running the city for 22 years.Monday was the deadline for candidates to file for the race.Swaim, who has held the office since 1987, will retire in the middle of his term.The […]

TOP STORY >> Plea made at meeting to exempt $80M debt

By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader senior staff writerJacksonville school board member Bill Vasquez would exempt Jackson-ville from its share of a proposed $80 million debt to build a new Maumelle High School so his area could have its own district.No action was taken Tuesday night at a Pulaski County Special School District board meeting as local residents pleaded with the board not […]

TOP STORY >> Legislators see tax cut on groceries

By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader senior staff writerSigns are favorable for removing another penny from the state’s tax on groceries, one of Gov. Mike Beebe’s campaign promises, state Sen. Bobby Glover, D-Carlisle, said this week.Glover’s bill passed the Senate 34-1 and is currently in the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, where prospects are good, according to state Rep. Walls McCrary, D-Lonoke. Glover […]

TOP STORY >> City delays joining water group

By NANCY DOCKTERLeader staff writerConstruction of the Lonoke White Water Project using money available through the economic stimulus package has hit a snag. The Jacksonville Water Commission said last week that it could not sign a contract to buy water from the Lonoke-White Public Water Authority, – which would guarantee Greers Ferry Lake as a future water source for Jacksonville […]

TOP STORY >> Plans go forward for track on old dump

By JOAN MCCOYLeader staff writerThere is no money in the coffers to pay for a 160-acre regional park that is supposed to be built at the old city dump in Cabot off Willie Ray Drive. But plans are moving forward for a bicycle racing track there that should be open by May.Construction of the 1,200-foot long track shaped like a […]

TOP STORY >> Leader marks its 22nd anniversary

The Leader starts its 23rd year today and has a $9.99 subscription special to mark the occasion.Start a new subscription, or renew or extend your subscription today, and get 104 issues — Wednesdays and Saturdays — for just $9.99 a year, or less than 10 cents a paper, a savings of $40 off the newsstand price. The Leader was founded […]

SPORTS >> Red Devils earn top seed

By CHAD MATCHETTSpecial to The LeaderJacksonville heads into the playoffs riding a 12-game winning streak following wins over Mountain Home on Friday and Monday.The Red Devils defeated Mountain Home 55-30 Friday night at the Devils’ Den and 61-30 in The Hangar at Mountain Home on Monday in a makeup game from earlier in the season. The two victories secured a […]