EDITORIAL >> Ken and Lu

On the whole, we don’t begrudge anyone, the deserving or the undeserving, a well- paying new job in these parlous economic times. We only trust that it was not achieved at our — that is, the public’s — expense.Yesterday brought news that two of Arkansas’ top school administrators had landed new jobs in the private sector. It was not clear […]

EDITORIAL >> New mayor in town

Gary Fletcher was sworn in as mayor of Jacksonville on Tuesday, and he’s set himself an ambitious agenda for the next 16 months before he must face the voters again in November 2010.As he finishes the uncompleted term of outgoing Mayor Tommy Swaim, who stepped down yesterday, Fletcher wants better schools for Jacksonville and has made a strong case for […]

TOP STORY >> Fourth of July celebrations on tap

There will be something for everyone this Fourth of July weekend. The Jacksonville High School stadium on Friday is where the city celebrates “With Liberty and Justice for All,” the 2009 Patriotic Spectacular honoring our country’s finest men and women. The entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m. with country, opera, Christian and contemporary music. A Kids Fun Area will be open […]

TOP STORY >> Ward library now fisherman friendly

By JEFFREY SMITHLeader staff writerThe Arkansas Game and Fish Commission recently supplied the Ward Library with eight new Shakespeare fishing rods and reels for the public to check out. Fishermen in Ward who need to borrow a fishing pole for the day need look no further than their local public library. The Game and Fish Commission has supplied the library […]

TOP STORY >> Council won’t buy property

By RICK KRONLeader staff writerThere’s an old rock home on a small lot at 101 Lakeshore Drive which Tommy Dupree wants the city to buy so the Reed’s Bridge Historical Society can convert it to a visitors and interpretive center for the Civil War battlefield.Over the past 10 years, the city has helped expand the battlefield site by purchasing more […]

TOP STORY >> Prostitutes swept off Hwy. 161

By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader senior staff writerThe Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department arrested seven people Monday on prostitution-related charges along Hwy. 161 south of Jacksonville.“We’ve had several calls from people who live out there, telling us where they were working and what they were doing,” sheriff’s department spokesman John Rehrauer explained.“We did a saturation sweep to address the problem and we’re pretty […]

TOP STORY >> Fletcher is sworn in

By RICK KRONLeader staff writerAt 5:04 p.m. Tuesday, Gary Fletcher was sworn in as Jacksonville’s mayor.Justice of the Peace Bob Johnson swore in Fletcher in front of about 200 friends, family members and well-wishers at the community center.Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce president Phillip Carlisle told the audience that the swearing-in ceremony for a new mayor was truly historical. “We haven’t […]