EDITORIAL>>Keet wrong again

In this season of terrible discontent, Jim Keet is still struggling to land an issue that will give his race for governor some traction. He tried and failed again yesterday and not because Gov. Mike Beebe is always on the side of the angels. Keet just picks the wrong fights, and he seemed to know it when he had a […]

EDITORIAL>>Keet wrong again

In this season of terrible discontent, Jim Keet is still struggling to land an issue that will give his race for governor some traction. He tried and failed again yesterday and not because Gov. Mike Beebe is always on the side of the angels. Keet just picks the wrong fights, and he seemed to know it when he had a […]

EDITORIAL>>Tim Griffin and unions

Tim Griffin never encouraged anyone to invest much confidence in his character — he let his ambition to undercut and replace his old friend and boss, Bud Cummins, corrupt the entire United States Department of Justice — but you could not doubt his political savvy. He had spent all those years toiling at the Republican national headquarters in Washington and […]

TOP STORY>>Sheriff’s program to reduce drug use

By JOAN MCCOYLeader staff writerSince 2007, research has shown that Arkansas teens rank No. 1 in the nation for abuse of prescription pain relievers. Now, Lonoke County is joining other counties in central Arkansas that are trying to combat the problem by taking unused prescription medicines out of medicine cabinets.This week, the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Department is collecting those drugs […]

TOP STORY>>Fair-housing data collection under way

By NANCY DOCKTERLeader staff writerEvery five years, municipalities across the country that accept funds from the federal Housing and Urban Development agency are required to conduct an analysis of local barriers to access to fair housing.A survey is under way in Jacksonville to collect data for the analysis and is available through July on the city’s website, www.cityofjacksonville.net, under the […]

TOP STORY>>Road panel looks to funding

By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader senior staff writerDesperately needed money to fix and build state highways could come in the form of a half-cent sales-tax increase or from diverting existing sales-tax revenues on cars, trucks and auto parts from the state’s general fund to its highway fund.Or from both.Those are the recommendations of state highway commissioner Madison Murphy, who is one of […]

TOP STORY>>Wet or dry, farm family of year sticks to the dirt

By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader senior staff writerGround zero for the Minton family farm is on Tar Bottom Road, about three miles from England and backing up to the Department of Correction farms in Jefferson County.But the 5,000 acres upon which Brooks Minton Sr. and his family grow rice, corn and soybeans stretch 26 miles from Altheimer to near Lonoke.The Mintons are […]

SPORTS>>Nuisances horning in on Majors, World Cup

By Todd TraubLeader sports editorI would be remiss as a sports editor if I did not sooner or later mention one of the biggest sporting events in the world.The World Cup.There, it’s mentioned. Can we get back to baseball now?Okay, I admit to not being a big follower of soccer, but there is something about international competition that appeals to […]

SPORTS>>MSRA set for return to Beebe after rain

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriter The Mid South Racing Association will make another stop at Beebe Speedway on Friday. It will be the second of three shows for the year at Beebe, a quarter-mile, sandy clay oval just off Highway 167. Batesville’s Billy Moyer, Jr., won the first MSRA race at Beebe in April over Dane Dacus of Memphis and Gary […]

SPORTS>>Greer is family man on track

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterDrivers often talk about the thrill of weekend racing — the rush of showing up at the local short track with the family, trying to conquer the dirt and win a race.But for veteran driver Todd Greer, his family is a big part of the thrill.Greer, who lives in Romance and bases his operation in Beebe, has […]