EDITORIAL>>Pryor finds his voice

The question of the summer is, What happened to Sen. Mark Pryor? Often accused of being a fence-sitter, the soft-spoken senator said not once but twice this week that he was very proud of his vote for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. One of those forums was the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries, […]

TOP STORY>>Mayor covers concerns

By RICK KRON Leader staff writer Besides the wet-dry issue, what had Jacksonville residents most concerned at Tuesday’s town hall meeting was “When will Graham Road be finished?” Mayor Gary Fletcher quipped, “I’ve been called every name in the book over this project.” But when pressed for a completion date, he and City Engineer Jay Whisker said “We don’t know for […]

TOP STORY>>Remington expands in Lonoke

By JEFFREY SMITHLeader staff writer The Remington Arms ammunition plant in Lonoke held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for a $32 million, 35,000-square-foot building. The expansion project, the first since the plant opened in 1969, will enable the company to increase ammunition production. Remington will add around 50 to 100 skilled positions, with current Remington employees having the first opportunity to […]

TOP STORYS>>Tests show strengths, weak spots

By RICK KRONLeader staff writer This is the first in a series examining Benchmark scores. A disturbing trend ap-peared on the recently released Benchmark exams for third through fifth graders — the number of students failing the test increased sevenfold across the state. That trend held true for the local area with nearly one-fourth of the students scoring below basic […]