B.B. King: World's greatest entertainer Riverfest rivals Memphis in May, while Handys honors artists [FULL TEXT]

Group to buy 200,000 acres to save woodpecker
There's an abandoned railroad trestle bridge on a dirt road at the Dagmar Wildlife Management Area off Hwy. 70 just past Biscoe, where you can watch for birds before the weather gets hot and the mosquitoes want to eat you alive.

Call of the wild bird
"The greatest recovery this country has seen in 200 years," Sam Hamilton, southeast regional director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, told a town hall meeting Wednesday evening in Augusta. [FULL TEXT]

Reactions to series on predators
We're getting plenty of comments about our series on sexual predators. Many readers are sending their comments to our Web site.

The Jayhawker remedy
Pssst. Pass it on, but donŐt tell the justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court lest they get ideas about the prerogatives of an appellate court. Friday, in a case breathtakingly similar to ArkansasŐ Lake View case, the Kansas Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the legislature had failed to provide the funding for Kansas schools that the state Constitution required.

Pillsbury dough boy sells out again
When friendly economic interests or pastoral connections do not interfere, Gov. Mike Huckabee can be a whale of a leader. [FULL TEXT]

Will Bond for speaker
Call us boosters and homers, but it seems important to us that Rep. Will Bond is elected speaker of the House of Representatives in 2007, a choice that the current House members probably will make tentatively this winter. [FULL TEXT]

Missing Mr. Smith
Pining for the good old days of vigilant government is not always misplaced nostalgia. [FULL TEXT]

The court 'next time'
There must be days when the title "justice" is a heavy mantle about the shoulders, and the bearer yearns to be on the other side of the bench. Such was Thursday, when the Arkansas Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a motion by 47 Arkansas school districts, including the Pulaski County Special School District, that the court reopen the Lake View school case.









Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department aquatics manager Diane Novotny checks over last minute details before Splash Zone, the city's new aquatic park, opens to the public Saturday.



District sees $3.5M drop for school year
IN SHORT: Miscalculated savings from cutting paid holidays and decline in state aid leave the Pulaski County Special School District short of expectations. [FULL TEXT]

Schools to get single-gender classes in fall
IN SHORT: Adopted last winter with great fanfare, plans to separate Jacksonville's sixth, seventh and eighth graders by gender for core classes languished in recent months, but the plan is back on track for an August launch, Bishop James Bolden III said Monday. [FULL TEXT]

Matriarch of family is praised
IN SHORT: Funeral today for Ruth Wilson, who touched the lives of many who knew her.

Farewell to soldier killed in Iraq
IN SHORT: Funeral services here on Monday and last week at Fort Lewis, Wash., honor a fallen young fighter who gave his life for his country. [FULL TEXT]

Model Citizens
IN SHORT: Charles and Mary Garner named Beebe's top residents

Gwatney wins A tourney crown
IN SHORT: JacksonvilleŐs Gwatney Chevrolet class A American Legion team became the first Gwatney A team to win its annual preseason tournament, beating Benton 10-1 Sunday night to secure the tournament title. [FULL TEXT]

Lookouts split with Stuttgart Sunday
IN SHORT: Legion teams trade blowout victories.


June 1, 2005

Jacksonville High School assistant principal Bobby Pruitt speaks at the school's graduation held indoors Friday night at McArthur Assembly of God Church because of rain.


Soldiers who fell in Iraq praised
IN SHORT: Two service members from Jacksonville are killed within a week, along with another soldier from Van Buren. [FULL TEXT]

Hawkins taken to hospital
IN SHORT: Cabot youngster is admitted to Arkansas Children's soon after his return from Jerusalem. [FULL TEXT]

Upscale apartments planned at Greystone
IN SHORT: Cabot is set to annex an area across from the expensive subdivision, which would also see new commercial development, including possibly a new grocery store.

Schools may see benefits from base growth
IN SHORT: Despite privatization of base housing and the expected influx of nearly 4,000 more people at LRAFB, districts find financial gains uncertain. [FULL TEXT]

Gwatney secures rematch for title
IN SHORT: Jacksonville class A team beats Benton and Conway Monday [FULL TEXT]

Young making it a hobby
IN SHORT: McRae native building points lead [FULL TEXT]

Dakota returns from Jerusalem
IN SHORT: Cancer patient is hailed along homecoming route to Cabot. [FULL TEXT]


June 8, 2005



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