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A dubious distinction for the county
This is really amazing: We’re a twice-weekly newspaper, and we still have late-breaking election news a week after the primaries.

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]







MAY 31, 2006

?Lonoke County Clerk Prudie Percefull and election commissioner Larry Clarke on Saturday tally up the votes that were cast in the May 23 primaries. Problems with electronic voting machines and scanners delayed the results. Lonoke County was the last one to report results to the secretary of state’s office. Runoffs are June 13.

Roberson, Martin rematch for sheriff
IN SHORT: It may not be a Thrilla’ in Manila or a Rumble in the Jungle, but if past experience is a predictor, the third matchup between long-time opponents Jim Roberson and Charlie Martin promises to be exciting. [FULL TEXT]

Privett is ousted as Lonoke mayor
IN SHORT: Voters registered their discontent with the controversial official and will decide in a runoff June 13 whether Alderman Wayne McGee or Jim Parks, the top vote-getters in last week’s primary, should be their next mayor. [FULL TEXT]

Williams winner in mayoral primary
IN SHORT: Ex-Cabot alderman, citing his managerial skills, beats Pedersen and will face several independents in the fall. [FULL TEXT]

Lonoke JPs lose amid a Republican feud
IN SHORT: Defeated Lonoke County JP Gina Burton accuses top Republican Randy Minton of a vendetta against her and some other party members, and she may ask for a recount. [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

We're making progress
A study by the Rural School and Community Trust concluded last week that the effect of a school consolidation law enacted in 2004 was to close 47 schools, primarily schools that were predominantly black and poor. [FULL TEXT]

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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