Ground Zero marks fourth anniversary
NEW YORK - Susan Stewart Tillier walked along the perimeter of Ground Zero early Sunday afternoon after she had read out loud the name of her brother, Richard H. Stewart, Jr., along with the names of several others who were killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11. [FULL TEXT]

Commands on scoreboard?
The scoreboard at the Cabot High School football field could soon display the Ten Commandments. The Rev. Don Robinson is asking local churches to help pay for the display, which he says would be permitted following a recent Supreme Court ruling that is more tolerant of the Ten Command-ments in public areas. [FULL TEXT]

Old lodge to welcome bird lovers
Bill Thompson of Cabot can't wait for fall, when thousands of bird lovers will descend on the Big Woods of east Arkansas in search of the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker. Thompson, former chairman of Community Bank of Cabot, is one of the owners of a duck-hunting lodge near Brinkley, and he and his partners are turning it into a lodge for bird watchers. [FULL TEXT]

White House disappoints
by Ernie Dumas
Gov. Huckabee has been an unstintingly loyal Republican, sticking with the Bush White House for four and a half years on its most dubious and least defensible quests. For this most political presidency, that kind of allegiance ordinarily has proved to be the supreme test when the spoils are passed around, and it must account for the governor's pique at the administration this week.

Thousands for rodeos, but none for schools
The week could have gone much better for the state's lawyers, who are trying to demonstrate that the legislature and the governor met their constitutional obligations to Arkansas's 450,000 public school children this spring. [FULL TEXT]

How to hold down the water rates
Central Arkansas Water at long last will begin condemnation of the 760 acres along Lake Maumelle that Deltic Timber Corp. wants to turn into a luxury subdivision, the giant timber and development company having refused to negotiate on a sale price. We take that as a happy, not an unfortunate, circumstance. [FULL TEXT]

Bushes' silver lining
The Bush family needs to invest in sensitivity training if not a more elemental character-building program. While the whole country - the whole world, literally - watched the horrors unfolding in the streets and arenas of New Orleans, President Bush showed up for a photo-op on the Mississippi coast to lend his moral support to U. S. Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., whose big manse was splintered by Hurricane Katrina along with thousands of humbler dwellings in the storm's path. [FULL TEXT]

Co-ops vs. predators
On Oct. 1, the Arkansas State Electric Cooperatives Corp. will increase its wholesale rates by 3.8 percent, its first increase in 20 years. In the same period the coop lowered - yes, lowered - its wholesale rate for electricity seven times. [FULL TEXT]















SEPTEMBER 14, 2005

NATO nations continue to bring disaster relief supplies to Little Rock Air Force Base, which has been designated the center for deliveries of foreign donations to Hurricane Katrina victims.


Foreign aid keeps coming
IN SHORT: Gov. Mike Huckabee visited Little Rock Air Force Base Tuesday to see first-hand the extent of the aid being delivered from foreign countries and from NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Cabot decides to keep sales tax
IN SHORT:. It's a landslide. Cabot voters said loud and clear Tuesday that they prefer to pay for their new sewer treatment plant by extending an existing sales tax seven additional years rather than doubling sewer rates. The vote to extend the tax was 927 for, 187 against. [FULL TEXT]

Guard helps victims
IN SHORT: NEW ORLEANS - Unimaginable, un-thinkable and chaotic are just a few words used by Col. Richard Swan, commander for Joint Task Force Arkansas in New Orleans, to describe the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Evacuees receiving hope
IN SHORT: The pride in Jacksonville Mayor Tommy Swaim's voice is evident. He's not only pleased with the way the community re-sponded to help the influx of Hurricane Katrina evacuees, but he's overwhelmingly satisfied with the way the help was initiated and continues to take place.

Change of command
IN SHORT: Brig. Gen. Kip Self took command of Little Rock Air Force Base Friday, even as transport planes from around the world ferried tons of Hurricane Katrina relief supplies to the base for distribution further south.

CAW goes full-steam ahead with land push
IN SHORT: Even as work begins in earnest on a Lake Maumelle Watershed Man-agement Plan, lawyers for Central Arkansas Water are preparing to file a condemnation lawsuit against Deltic Timber, which wants to develop mini-estates on 700 acres on the lake.

Relief pours into LRAFB
IN SHORT: On the tarmac at Little Rock Air Force Base, a C-130 from Egypt sits side-by-side with an Israeli El Al 747, both having discharged emergency hurricane relief aid headed to Louisiana and Mississippi, part of a virtual United Nations of air transports.

Cabot High School FFA remembers founding member
IN SHORT: The Cabot Future Farmers of America Advisory Committee has created a leadership fund to continue the legacy of founding member Larry W. Sims of Ward. Sims passed away Aug. 25.

Cabot's Michael Rowlett and a teammate bring down a Mills player during the Panther's loss last week to the Comets.

Cabot fighting for first win
IN SHORT:The Cabot Panthers suffered one of the most surprisng losses in school history last week when they lost to Mills 35-28. Cabot collapsed in the fourth quarter like no Panthers team in recent memory, and as a result, could start the season 0-3 for the first time since 1978.

N. Pulaski remembers last season at Lonoke
IN SHORT: North Pulaski will host a battle of the hungry teams searching for their first victory when the Lonoke Jackrabbits travel to Jacksonville to face the Falcons on Friday night.



A C-5 Galaxy containing food from NATO, including ready-to-eat meals from the United Kingdom, is unloaded at Little Rock Air Force Base. Several foreign cargo planes also arrived at the base.


Foreign aid arrives at base
IN SHORT: At least 15 aircraft from as many as eight foreign countries will discharge their hurricane-relief supplies at Little Rock Air Force Base by Thursday, where airmen will load them onto commercial freight liners headed into the heart of the storm ravaged South, according to Lt. Jon Quinlan, base spokesman.

District sends its buses to transport evacuees
IN SHORT:. Nearly 90 Pulaski County Special School District personnel, driving 62 buses, answered Gov. Mike Huckabee's call Labor Day weekend, transporting more than 1,100 storm evacuees from Fort Chaffee to relocation centers around the state. [FULL TEXT]

Families welcomed to area after ordeal
IN SHORT: The lights were bright, the air conditioning was running at full blast, and a 31-inch television was blaring the sounds of a weekday afternoon sit-com.

Cabot could give $50,000 for refugees
IN SHORT: A special Cabot City Council meeting has been set for tonight at 7 to deal with evacuee issues. The council will consider appropriating $50,000 for the mayor to spend at his discretion to assist the evacuees in Cabot until federal aid is available, waiving water deposits for evacuees and establishing temporary housing on 10th Street.

Katrina's Aftermath
IN SHORT: Five days into the greatest natural disaster in U.S. history, even as many tens of thousands of people desperately stew in frustration and anger in New Orleans awaiting long-promised water, food and medical help, local people are helping out.

Military working to save victims
IN SHORT: Combined, more than a thousand Little Rock Air Force Base airmen and Arkansas National Guardsmen are working to save lives, move supplies, light runways and restore order in New Orleans and other storm-ravaged parts of Louisiana and Mississippi.

Family must flee again
IN SHORT: When the United States pulled out of Saigon in 1975, abandoning all of Vietnam to the North Vietnamese, Trung Vu brought his family to this country with the few possessions they could carry. A young man then, he started anew, settling in the New Orleans area and eventually working as a jeweler.

Area Girl Scouts opening arms
IN SHORT: The Ouachita Council of Girl Scouts is inviting girls from families evacuated as a result of Hurricane Katrina to join the Girl Scouts free of charge. The Ouachita Council of Girl Scouts will pay all registration fees.

North Pulaski running back Rodric Rainey, left, will lead his team into this week's showdown against Jacksonville linebacker Eugene Cherry, right, and the Red Devils Friday at NP.

Sloppy openers expose areas needing improvement for Falcons, Devils
IN SHORT:The two Jacksonville high school football teams enter this Friday's annual showdown after taking their own respective thumpings in last week's season openers.

Badgers, Lonoke continue old rivalry
IN SHORT: There's no telling what kind of game to expect when rivals Beebe and Lonoke face off Friday night in Lonoke. The game could be a shootout like last season when the Jackrabbits won 34-26 at Beebe, or the game could be low-scoring, like in 2003 when the Badgers came away with an 8-2 victory.


AUGUST 31, 2005

Don Crabbe, president and chief executive officer for First Electric, in white shirt, center, speaks to crews who left early Tuesday to help restore power in Lousiana.


Workers lending a hand
IN SHORT: As survivors assess the damage from Hurricane Katrina, Arkansas utility companies are sending employees to help restore electricity to more than one million customers. After hitting the tip of Florida last week, the massive hurricane made landfall again on the Gulf Coast early Monday morning, wreaking havoc and killing dozens of people.

Guard ready for evacuees
IN SHORT:. The Arkansas National Guard opened the Searcy Readiness Center in White County Tuesday, along with the Crossett Readiness Center in Ashley County to provide shelter for Hurricane Katrina evacuees. The two centers were opened in addition to the Monticello Readiness Center in Drew County. [FULL TEXT]

State check will pay for upgrading Lonoke jail
IN SHORT: Things may be looking up for the overcrowded, decrepit Lonoke County Jail, the result of a General Improvement Fund check for $290,000 due to be presented to County Judge Charlie Troutman at 2 p.m. Friday.

DoD has final say on base strength
IN SHORT: No one seems sure how many additional C-130s Little Rock Air Force Base will receive in the wake of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations, but ultimately that will be a Defense Department decision, not a decision by the BRAC Commission.

Gas prices skyrocket
IN SHORT: Gasoline jumped more than 25 cents a gallon from Monday night prices to Tuesday prices, and they were still rising Tuesday.

Base harbors planes fleeing from Katrina
IN SHORT: The Base Closure and Realignment Commission may have bought Sen. Hillary Clinton's argument that Little Rock Air Force Base is in tornado alley and too weather-vulnerable to be home to a new batch of C-130s, but for the second time in two months the Jacksonville base provided safe harbor to Air Force planes fleeing hurricanes.


Open Arms Shelter in Lonoke receives $28,000 gift from Dillard's department store.
IN SHORT: Lonoke's Open Arms Shelter for abused and neglected children received one of their largest gifts ever, $27,000 from Dillard's in McCain Mall.

The NLR pass rush is one of the best in the state. DE's Van Stumon and Jonathan Hicks got into the Jacksonville backfield frequently last year, and are back this season.

Devils aware of Cats
IN SHORT:The week-one battle between Jacksonville and North Little Rock could be labeled many things. One of the main things is a revenge game for the Red Devils. Jacksonville entered last season's opening game with high hopes and expectations, while North Little Rock was hoping to become a team to contend with, but were still up-and-comers.

Conway goes to air to bomb Panthers
IN SHORT: The favorite almost never wins the Cabot-Conway football game that has become a season-opening staple in the state of Arkansas. Tuesday night was no different, as the underdog Wampus Cats went to the air to down the Panthers 21-7 in the first game of the Diamond Bank Bowl doubleheader.


AUGUST 24, 2005

Jacksonville Middle School principal Angela Romney helps students at her single-gender school find classes during the first day of classes Friday.


Cabot, Beebe districts grow
IN SHORT: Official school enrollment totals aren't due until next week, but an unofficial count has the Cabot School District keeping pace with projected enrollment figures. So far, the district has 8,232 students. Last year, enrollment was just over 8,000.

General to BRAC: Closings essential
IN SHORT:. Jacksonville-area officials and local airmen can't be blamed if they keep a close eye on C-SPAN2 between now and Saturday, as the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) commission decides–on television–the probable fates of Little Rock Air Force Base and other military bases across the country. [FULL TEXT]

City plans to get tougher on dogs rather than ban
IN SHORT: Even though a petition with 170 signatures to ban pit bulls was presented to Jacksonville's dog ordinance committee Monday night, the group decided not to ban any specific breed of dog just yet.

Manager looks forward to contest
IN SHORT: Two days into her new job as manager of Cabot Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh's campaign for Con-gress in Arkansas' First District against Rep. Marion Berry, Andrea Allen says her candidate has a good chance of winning the race she has always wanted to be a part of – in the district she calls home.


Beebe jeweler wins design award
IN SHORT: A bracelet and two pendants made by jeweler Lyn Edwards of Edwards' Jewelry Bench in Beebe won three awards at the Arkansas Jewelers Association annual convention in Little Rock.

The Cabot Panthers line up for a play in Monday night's scrimmage game against Lake Hamilton. The Panthers now have a lot to work on before the season opener, according to head coach Mike Malham.

Cabot finds areas that must improve
IN SHORT: "We've got a lot of work to do, guys." Those were the first words by Cabot coach Mike Malham to his team after its first competitive play of the year.

Sylvan Hills coaches are pleased with Blue-White
IN SHORT: The Sylvan Hills Bears held their annual blue-white scrimmage game on Saturday night at the Sherwood Sports Complex. Parents and hometown fans came out to get the first glimpse of the 2005 squad.


AUGUST 17, 2005

Cabot Westside Elementary School kindergarten teachers Stacy Rhodes (from left) and Mandy Coen prepare sound muncher creations to hlep promote phoenetic awareness in their classes. Schools open Friday.


Playground area given new look
IN SHORT: This summer, volunteers from Little Rock Air Force Base, led by MSgt. John Simonof of the 314th Maintenance Squadron, refurbished two Tolleson Elementary playground areas and made them into one playground. About 80 percent of the students at the Jacksonville school are children of military parents. "It's just a goodwill community project," Simonof said.

CAW to raise water rates for its customers
IN SHORT:. Although not directly related to the need for Central Arkansas Water to purchase about 1,300 acres of sensitive land from would-be developers on Lake Maumelle, water rates to some customers, including Jacksonville, will be raised. [FULL TEXT]

Council in Cabot is feisty as ever
IN SHORT: Stubby Stumbaugh is running for Congress, which means he has only 15 months left as Cabot's mayor. But on Monday night, his first city council meeting since the announcement Saturday, it was clear that nothing else has changed.

Funding lawsuit hearing is Friday
IN SHORT: General Improvement Fund projects worth $52 million, earmarked for House and Senate districts across the state, hang in the balance as Pulaski County Circuit Judge Willard Proctor holds a preliminary hearing Friday on a lawsuit filed recently by Jacksonville attorney Mike Wilson.

Complex is planned for elderly
IN SHORT: Rep. Vic Snyder was among the speakers at a groundbreaking yesterday for construction of a three-story, 44-unit apartment complex for low-income seniors adjacent to the Jacksonville Towers.

Clerk in Cabot settles lawsuit
IN SHORT: Cabot Clerk-Treasurer Marva Verkler has dropped her federal lawsuit against the city and Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh.

Austin has a clinic once again
IN SHORT: A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Austin Monday for the re-opening of the health clinic there.

Jacksonville offensive guard Keith Ransom, left, blocks defensive tackle John Ottis Monday afternoon during a Red Devil srimmage.

Stoerner stops by Wildcat workout
IN SHORT: The North Little Rock Charging Wildcats had a special guest drop by a recent practice last week.

Panthers getting over injury bug
IN SHORT: The Cabot Panthers continue to suffer through more injuries.



AUGUST 10, 2005

Col. Dave Watson, 314th Airlift Wing vice commander, says a few words at the start of the Little Rock Air Force Base-Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Community Relations Tournament held on Foxwood Country Club's new greens on Friday. A ribbon cutting celebrated the reopening of Foxwood Golf Club.


Less pop, more pep for students
IN SHORT: Local administrator fears there is not enough time in the school day for new regulations such as more physical education. [FULL TEXT]

PCSSD is accused of illegal cutbacks
IN SHORT: The state Education Department has rejected for now Pulaski County Special School District's fiscal distress improvement plan, pending a satisfactory explanation of the district's "actual authority to eliminate paid holidays, reduce the number of days in an employment contract and freeze salary schedules and steps for all employees," according to a letter received by interim Superintendent Robert Clowers July 25.

Schools hurry to remedy citations
IN SHORT: The state places Cabot High School on accredited-probationary status for not offering enough instructional time.

Cabot shelter plans low-cost clinic
IN SHORT: There will be a reduced cost spay, neuter and shot clinic at the Cabot Animal Shelter, 8000 Kerr Station Road by appointment only Aug. 23 through 25.

Preserving Lonokes history
IN SHORT: After seven years, museum finds a permanent home.

Panthers making moves early
IN SHORT:Cabot football team began practice Monday with a few players in new positions and several new faces working with the varsity squad.

Injury bug biting Cabot hard
IN SHORT:Eight players, including several key contributors, are injured and sitting out Panther practices.

Practice picking up for SH Bears
IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills players are getting used to the heat and practicing with more intensity this week. Head coach Ron Sebastian says his players are showing improvement in the mental aspects..


July 27, 2005

Suphot Phimboun (left) and Fred Marquardt decorate a more than 800-pound Buddha statue that was moved from the corner of Second and Mulberry streets in Jacksonville to a new temple at 1410 Hwy. 294 near Furlow. The new temple is big enough for the Buddha to be placed inside. In Jacksonville, the Buddha sat outside for lack of space inside the temple. A meditation ceremony will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday at the new location.


Tax supporting Cabot projects on ballot again
IN SHORT: Proposal would raise $26 million for a new sewer plant, railroad overpass, community center, animal shelter and other projects, but if voters reject the tax, their sewer rates would more than double, officials say. [FULL TEXT]

Veterans get toilet after fight with city
IN SHORT: Group files suit to make Cabot officials keep promise to rebuild facilities at park.

Single-gender school ready
IN SHORT: Boys principal defines the problem as the Pulaski district rolls out an innovative, if so-far unproven, approach to education.

Rainfall helps some farmers, late for others
IN SHORT: Drought has hurt some Lonoke soybean fields, but flooded fields hurt others as farmers hope for good yields.

Having a blast
IN SHORT: It's not just rocket science at Cabot space camp.

IN SHORT: The Sherwood Sharks won their sixth and final meet of the season, and clinched their second straight Central Arkansas Swim League championship with a closer-than-expected 768-730 win over the Maumelle/YMCA consolidated team. [FULL TEXT]

Joyner to coach Red Devils
IN SHORT:Former North Pulaski coach moving across town to lead Red Devils


July 20, 2005

Cabot voters said no Tuesday to a millage increase that would have paid for a community center and railroad overpass. The vote on the railroad overpass was 537 against and 493 for. The vote on the community center was 551 against and 475 for. [FULL TEXT]


Officials tell panel base can take on growth
IN SHORT: Central Arkansas top guns remind BRAC commissioners of LRAFBs ability to expand its mission. [FULL TEXT]

Beebe rejects city expansion
IN SHORT: Only voters in Searcy were in an agreeable mood, approving a 1-cent sales tax for a new fire station and to retire old debt.

Board votes to remove stickers
IN SHORT: Beebe Schools end standoff with ACLU over evolution-versus-creation disclaimer in textbooks.

IN SHORT: The Sylvan Hills Bruins A squad has been on a roll in the American Legion zone tournament at Burns Park. The Bruins won their first three games in the tournament in decisive form, controlling all three games both offensively and defensively. [FULL TEXT]

Ruff-Neks take ASA state title
IN SHORT: Things didnt go as easily as they were supposed to, but the Cabot Ruff-Neks 12-under fastpitch team did manage to win the ASA state championship game Sunday afternoon in Cabot.

Buried in books
IN SHORT: The Ward Public Library on Friday ended its summer reading program with a bang, getting a $500 donation from First Electric Cooperative's Operation Round-Up program.


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