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Memorial grows for fallen state trooper
The Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team will return to Little Rock Air Force Base in the fall for another air show. The Blue Angels have flown here several times, but on their next visit they will make a short detour to a small Jacksonville park that honors the memory of State Trooper Jimmie White, who died after he escorted the Blue Angels’ motorcade to the air base in June 2002. [FULL TEXT]

Old days recalled by Faught
“Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.”
Rudyard Kipling, “The Ballad of East and West.”
If you’re taking the pulse of the community, you could check with Dewey Faught, the Air Force veteran and retired executive director of the Cabot Chamber of Commerce. [FULL TEXT]

More downhome blues
Eb Davis, one of Arkansas’ great soul-blues singers, has a new CD out, Eb Davis and the Super-band: Live at the A-Trane, Berlin (Soul Defender), recorded last year before an enthusiastic crowd in the German capital, where he has lived for many years. [FULL TEXT]

Woodpecker search takes break till fall
I hope I didn’t scare off the ivory-billed woodpecker when I called Gene Sparling on his cell phone on a recent Sunday afternoon. [FULL TEXT]

DWI should end Huck’s presidential campaign
Gov. Huckabee’s presidential candidacy effectively ended last week when a habitual drunk driver whose prison sentence he had commuted to time served was arrested again on April 4, almost killing the policeman who stopped him. [FULL TEXT]

How Beebe didn't get vote right on lenders
Attorney General Mike Beebe's voting record on payday lenders is more complicated than we realized. Beebe's people were unhappy with my last payday lenders column, where I said the former senator actually oted for the Check Cashers Cat in 1999, earlier to reports that he voted against the bill. [FULL TEXT]

Candidates vow to ban loan sharks
The payday lenders are in big trouble. For seven years, ever since the Legislature passed the check cashers law, they’ve charged fantastic interest rates on their loans. [FULL TEXT]





MAY 10, 2006

Election officer Wayne Stroud watches as Gracie Dumeny votes at Jacksonville City Hall. Early voting ends May 22.

Machines to undergo testing for primaries
IN SHORT: Public Logic and Accuracy tests of Pulaski County’s touch-screen iVotronic voting machines and optical scanners were to be conducted Wednesday, according to Susan Inman, director of the Pulaski County Election Commission, and one such machine will be in use at each of the nine early voting sites by Thursday or Friday. [FULL TEXT]

More airmen predicted for base
IN SHORT: Little Rock Air Force Base is combining or eliminating 270 support jobs over the next five years as part of modernization efforts, but it still expects a net gain of at least 500 personnel and half a dozen cargo planes as a result of Base Realignment and Closure recommendations. [FULL TEXT]

Jail costs could hit taxpayers for $34M
IN SHORT: Pulaski County Sheriff Randy John-son wants to reopen the county’s 250-bed work-release program, then phase in over a number of years new construction for an additional 808 jail beds at a cost of $34.2 million in construction and $15 million in annual operating costs, according to information he supplied to the county’s Public Safety Task Force. [FULL TEXT]

GOP candidates square off
IN SHORT: Cabot has five candidates for mayor to replace Stubby Stumbaugh, who is running for Congress, but only two are running in the May 23 primary. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville makes offer for new library location
IN SHORT: Jacksonville hopes to put its new library on Main Street, between Walgreens and War-ren Street, across the street from the Jacksonville Shopping Center and First Arkansas Bank and Trust, and has begun negotiations with landowners, according to Bobby Roberts, director of the Central Arkansas Library System. [FULL TEXT]


Relay for life
IN SHORT: Cabot Relay for Life was a huge success this year, collecting $46,500 for cancer research, surpassing the goal of $42,000. The money raised will help provide programs for patients and families, transportation grants, a camp for children with cancer, college scholarships for childhood cancer survivors and wigs. [FULL TEXT]


Sylvan Hills Nathan Van Schoyck lays down a bunt during the Bears' 13-1 win over North Little Rock Saturday at Burns Park.

Bears won’t repeat
IN SHORT: The Sylvan Hills Bears came up short in their bid to repeat as Class AAAAA state champions. In one inning, Sylvan Hills watched a great season slip away after winning the AAAAA East title and advancing into the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Devils moving on
IN SHORT: The Jacksonville Lady Red Devils advanced to the second round of the class AAAAA state tournament Monday by beating Fort Smith Northside 3-0 on the strength of a no-hitter by junior pitcher Jessica Bock. [FULL TEXT]





Previous Issues

AG: Suskie by a nose
Voters can hardly go wrong whomever they nominate for attorney general in the Democratic primary. State Rep. Dustin McDaniel of Jonesboro, City Attorney Paul Suskie of North Little Rock and Prosecuting Attorney Robert Herzfeld of Benton are all learned in the law, which is what the job requires, each has a record of accomplishment in his young career, all are reasonably progressive, and they are ambitious. [FULL TEXT]

Pesky critics blacklisted
After more than a dozen years in state office, Gov. Huckabee still has not developed the thick skin and the serenity that marks great politicians, and this week it cost him again. When he retaliated against the pesky Arkansas Times by shutting the paper off from the news flow in the governor’s office, it made the national prints. [FULL TEXT]

Bush sees the light
The Republican proposal to send everyone a $100 check to get them through the gasoline crisis was greeted with jeers and jibes, which was the reaction to the other anemic proposals from the White House and the congressional leadership. The hair must have been standing on President Bush’s neck last week as he read the polls and heard from a skeptical public. [FULL TEXT]

Huck at Gitmo
The Bush administration has bungled a lot of crises, but it moved with uncanny shrewdness to combat the reports of detainee mistreatment at the prison camp at Guantanamo Naval Base. It picked Gov. Mike Huckabee to go down one day and check things out with his prison director, Larry Norris [FULL TEXT]



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