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Searchers confirm our report
Hunters and nature lovers can now come and go as they please in the Big Woods of eastern Arkansas, as the search for the rare ivory-billed woodpecker is on summer vacation.

Party rift in county mirrors national troubles
President Bush hoped Monday night that he would recover some of the support he had lost over illegal immigration — not to mention the war in Iraq and record gasoline prices — but his speech promising to tighten our borders pleased hardly anyone. [FULL TEXT]

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]






MAY 27, 2006

Happy graduating seniors dance as they sing their school song during Jacksonville High School’s graduation ceremony on Friday night at Jan Crow football stadium.

Lonoke County could start count today
IN SHORT: Software failure leaves candidates and voters in suspense and in the dark. [FULL TEXT]

Glitches didn't hit everyone in primary
IN SHORT: White County’s vote counting went off with hardly a hitch, while Lonoke County still struggled at week’s end to start counting the ballots. That’s because one county had the funds to prepare for the primary, while the other lacked funds and resources to conduct this week’s voting properly. [FULL TEXT]

Tax would boost size of county jail
IN SHORT: In addition to considering an ambitious jail- expansion program funded by a new sales tax, the Pulaski County Public Safety Task Force is studying the feasibility of reorganizing policing to merge county deputies with North Little Rock police north of the Arkansas River, and with the Little Rock police south of the river. [FULL TEXT]

Road improvements on tap for Sherwood
IN SHORT: Two major road widenings are intended to help rapidly
growing Sherwood alleviate some rush-hour congestion.

Long school-bus rides problems for students
IN SHORT: Commutes taking an hour or more are often the norm for many Arkansas students. [FULL TEXT]


Jacksonville shortstop Whitney Conrade signed recently to play college ball for Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge.

Jacksonville senior has big heart
IN SHORT: JHS softballer Whitney Conrade overcame multiple physical setbacks. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot wins in strong opener
IN SHORT: Home Depot American Legion team defeats Bryant 6-1 in Cabot’s home pener on Wednesday night. [FULL TEXT]

Seventeen locals on roster of '06 stars
IN SHORT: Local athletes make up a long list of the 2006 All-Star teams. A total of 17 athletes from The Leader coverage area will be on hand next month. [FULL TEXT]

Gwatney shares opening twin bill
IN SHORT: The Jacksonville class A American Legion team opened the season with a split against Sheridan. [FULL TEXT]




Previous Issues

Stay tuned for runoffs
We still don’t have results from Lonoke County and a few other areas of Arkansas, which is a disgrace both to the candidates and the people who voted for them. [FULL TEXT]

Bad, bad Huckster
Fourteen years into his public career, Gov. Huckabee still has the thinnest skin in politics. He detests criticism, and the steps that he takes to mute it are most often what get him into trouble [FULL TEXT]

Good Mike
No sooner are the spiteful words out than there is a sighting of the good Mike Huckabee, the progressive executive who is looking out for the long-term public interest. You know, the one whom the extremists of his party call a flaming liberal.

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