Wednesday, March 02, 2016

TOP STORY >> Leader’s 30th year

The Leader is starting its 30th year this week. The award-winning newspaper was launched 29 years ago with the March 4, 1987, issue.

“You’ve always put out a good newspaper,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said last week.

One headline on the first front page: “Lester is optimistic on new busing plan, pushes millage hike.”

Bobby Lester was superintendent then of the Pulaski County Special School District and last year was interim superintendent of the new Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District.

We have covered local school news almost every week since then.

Our talented staff of reporters and photographers cover news, sports and events that matter to you.

When Jacksonville residents pushed for their own school district, we helped lead the way to make it happen.

When we called the Pulaski County Special School District dysfunctional, the state agreed and took over the troubled school district.

The Leader has covered Cabot’s growing school district from day one and told readers Cabot’s district would be a good model for its neighbors to follow. We have also covered growth in Ward, Austin, Beebe, Lonoke and surrounding communities.

We are a family-owned Arkansas newspaper that has helped build this community for 29 years. We will build on this tradition of journalism excellence for years to come.

The Leader has been locally owned and operated since the beginning. We live where you live. When you buy and advertise in The Leader, your money stays in our communities. We have the hometown advantage.

There are only a few family-owned newspapers left in Arkansas. Most are owned by out-of-state corporations with no other local connection.

We thank our readers and advertisers for making The Leader the biggest paid non-daily newspaper in Arkansas.

To subscribe for a year, send $18 to The Leader, 404 Graham Road, Jacksonville, Ark. 72076, or 105 N. 8th St., Cabot, Ark. 72203. Call 501-982-9421 or 501-941-5132 to subscribe with a credit card.