John Hurt Festival in Avalon, Miss.
___Held during the Fourth of July weekend, the second annual Mississippi John Hurt Blues and Gospel Festival in Avalon, Miss., wasn't easy to find, but if you turned off Hwy. 7 and kept going up a hill on a narrow dirt road that wound its way through the woods and past a handful of houses and you followed the signs and your instincts, you came across an opening that looked like the top of the hill, where you saw the great bluesman's shotgun shack and maybe 30-40 cars parked nearby. [FULL STORY]

They're not laughing
with our governor
Gov. Huckabee isn't laughing out loud anymore when it comes to the touch subject of clemencies. [STORY]

Previous articles:
>>_Let us not whitewash
>>_governor's clemencies

Why parole a monster
>>_like Green?

Huckabee's dubious

Governor goes own way
>>_on pardons
Prosecutors seek more
>>_openness on pardons


>>_Huckabee, prosecutors
>>_go on offensive
Arkansas Press Association presents Garrick Feldman the "2003 Best Column" award
Award-winning column from Oct. 22, 2003

It was good vs. evil
at Cabot rally
Willis Frazier, the Arkansas Grand Dragon of the International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Inc. recently faxed Cabot city officials a request for permission to demonstrate in front of city hall. [FULL STORY]

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Putting a face on Haitian suffering -- Book Review
By EILEEN FELDMAN- Leader executive editor
>>> IN SHORT>>> Haitian-born writer Edwidge Dantica's collection of stories, "The Dew Breaker" (Knopf, $22), can only be described as labyrinthine as it confronts the reader with interwoven parallel tales of the horrors and beauty of life in Port Au Prince, Haiti... [FULL REVIEW]


Paying for it all
Cabot Council wants more time to decide water funding.
By JOAN McCOY- Leader staff writer
>>> IN SHORT>>> Members of the Cabot City Council listened for three hous Monday night to four different proposals for funding a $22 million water project. [FULL STORY]

Prepare for more taxes for schools
By JOHN HOFHEIMER - Leader staff writer
>>> IN SHORT>>> Beebe tells the Cabot Rotary Club more money is needed to improve facilities. [FULL STORY]

Benchmark tests land schools in trouble
By RICK KRON- Leader staff writer
>>> IN SHORT>>> Severa local middle and junior high schools could be facing the dreaded school improvement list based on recently released scores. [FULL STORY]


Families push for reforms
By JOHN HOFHEIMER - Leader staff writer
>>> IN SHORT>>> Just three hours before the governor's unexpected reversal on his clemency policy, Parents of Murdered Children poured their hearts out at a rare conference. [FULL STORY

Huckabee retreats on clemencies
By JOHN HOFHEIMER - Leader staff writer
>>> IN SHORT>>> Feeling Presure, Huckabee decides to keep killers locked up, although Glen Green, who murdered a Gravel Ridge teenager, could reapply next year. [FULL STORY]

Air Force says new C-130Js meet specs
By JON PARHAM - Leader managing editor
>>> IN SHORT>>> After required modifications to some systems of the next generation C-130J model, the Air Force says the $62 million plane is on budget and within its specifications, despite a recent critical report from the Department of Defense. [FULL STORY]


Kin against clemency
By JOHN HOFHEIMER - Leader staff writer
>>> IN SHORT>>> Helen Spencer was killed 30 years ago. Her family doesn't want the governor to free her killer, while area prosecutors propose more accountability from the governor in the commutation process. [FULL STORY

Cabot native films ads for the Army
By JON PARHAM - Leader managing editor
>>> IN SHORT>>> Linda Waymack of Cabot never imagined when son Dan got a video camera that it would lead to a career. But today the 39-year-old's Waymack & Crew of Little Rock has 15 full-time workers, a Chicago satellite office and can take eight mobile trucks packed with lighting and camera equipment nationwide for video shoots.. [FULL STORY]

Odom is back as top cop
By JOAN MCCOY- Leader staff writer
>>> IN SHORT>>> By Monday, Odom was back on the job but unwilling to tald about his decision to come back or his reason for leaving. [FULL STORY]

District in Cabot is improved on testing
By JOAN MCCOY- Leader staff writer
>>> IN SHORT>>> School officials are happy to report to the board of education that Cabot fourth, sixth, eight and eleventh grade students did well on statewide benchmark tests given in literacy and math. [FULL STORY]

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Farm Family of the year
Keo fishery is chosen for innovation, vision.

Leader sports writer

>>> IN SHORT>>> Mistakes doom Sylvan Hills in state tournament.

Football season officially starts
Leader sports editor
>>> IN SHORT>>>
The Arkansas high school footbal season officially got underway Monday and four local schools took the field on the first available day of practice.