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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]







JUNE 3 , 2006

Chris McDonald (left) hands Eddie Griffin a soil sample jar Wednesday afternoon at the old Texaco on Main Street in Jacksonville after gasoline tanks were re-moved. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality will test the samples for fuel contamination. The new library will be located on the site.

Library site cleanup
IN SHORT: Couple may have to spend $25,000 to remove gasoline tanks before construction can begin on Main Street in Jacksonville. [FULL TEXT]

Three Republicans get recounts
IN SHORT: Two Lonoke County JPs, apparently turned out of office in an intraparty feud, say they distrust the results of a troubled vote count and will have recounts, as will a Cabot alderman.. [FULL TEXT]

Several races shaping up in Sherwood for November
IN SHORT: With Bill Harmon retiring, voters will decide on whether Dan Stedman or Mike Presson should be the new mayor. There are also races on for aldermen and clerk-treasurer. The city will also begin its transition from two-year terms to four-year terms for aldermen this election. [FULL TEXT]

Paper ballots used for runoff
IN SHORT: Pulaski, Lonoke and White counties will put aside electronic voting for
June 13 contest.

Dead soldier from Beebe comes home
IN SHORT: Bobby West is the second one to die from his hometown in recent combat. [FULL TEXT]

Aldermen vote against Sherwood gettting land
IN SHORT: Jacksonville adopts resolution opposing property annexation to Sherwood and receives $25,000 in scholarship funds from Waste Management. [FULL TEXT]



Graduated Jacksonville Red Devil Airic Hughes, with grandmother Ada at his side, speaks to friends and family Friday morning after signing a letter of intent to play college basketball for Ecclesia College, a small college on the outskirts of Springdale, that will begin its first year of men’s basketball next season. He is the school’s fourth signee.

Determined baller achieves dream
IN SHORT: Jacksonville High graduate Airic Hughes turned down academic scholarships from major universities to realize his dream of playing college basketball. Hughes will play for Ecclesia. [FULL TEXT]

Youngster making prescence known
IN SHORT: In only his first full year of driving hobby stocks, 16-year-old McRae resident Blake Jones already has a feature win under his belt. The young driver races his F3 hobby-stock car weekly at Beebe Speedway.[FULL TEXT]

Cabot splits with Catholic's LR-ASO
IN SHORT: The Cabot American Legion team won one and lost one to the Catholic High legion team Wednesday night. [FULL TEXT]





Previous Issues

Let Justice do its job
Congress picked a fine time to become unhinged over the Bush administration’s trampling upon the Constitution: when government agents are getting too close for comfort to the security of politicians. Americans are right to be cynical about this overblown constitutional crisis... [FULL TEXT]

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]





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