The Leader

A bad week for Huckster,
but he lives

Gov. Huckabee had a near-death experience last week while flying to a political convention in North Carolina. [FULL TEXT]

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]








JUNE 7 , 2006

Four-year-old Giovana Stanford, friends and family were among the 35 people who turned out in Cabot Monday for the first of 10 cities Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh, a Republican, will have visited by Wednesday in his bid to unseat First District Cong. Marion Berry, D-Gillett.

Eyes on the prize, Stubby goes on tour of the district
IN SHORT: With 10 stops planned by the end of today, Cabot Mayor Stumbaugh launched his campaign for Congress with a speech in Cabot on Monday. [FULL TEXT]

Starbucks sweetens city's cup of growth
IN SHORT: Several national and regional businesses have made plans to open outlets here. [FULL TEXT]

Funeral services today for fallen Beebe soldier
IN SHORT: Black and yellow ribbons were tied around a tree near the home of Army Spc. Bobby West who was killed May 30 in Iraq. His funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday. [FULL TEXT]

Minister bringing anti-gay protest to burial
IN SHORT: Beebe police hope to keep order as a controversial religious group plans to rally near the church where services for soldier will be held today. [FULL TEXT]

Beebe candidates line up
IN SHORT: Alderman Mike Robertson, a former mayor, is the only one to announce for the office to succeed Donald Ward. [FULL TEXT]

Foodbank working hard to reduce hunger pangs
IN SHORT: FishNet Missions gets ready to feed hungry students, celebrates National Hunger Awareness Day. [FULL TEXT]


Children’s author Katy Duffield plays a game at the Arlene Cherry Memorial Library in Cabot with assembled children, showing them pictures of animals and asking if they belong on a farm or in a zoo. Duffield is a Cabot resident. She read from her book “Farmer McPeepers and His Missing Milk Cows” to the children.

Cabot author reads her book to children at library
IN SHORT: Cabot author and resident Katy Duffield read her book about Farmer McPeepers to children and their families at the Arlene Cherry Memorial Library, where the summer reading program kicked off on Monday. [FULL TEXT]

Summer has begun
IN SHORT: The Splash Zone started off the summer season at full capacity on Saturday. [FULL TEXT]


The Class AAA Sylvan Hills Bruins warm up before their game at Dupree Park Monday night. The Bruins followed up last week’s 7-0 win over Jacksonville by beating the Gwatney AAA team 16-5 Monday.

Bruins handle Gwatney in AAA Legion matchup
IN SHORT: The Sylvan Hills AAA team won its second game of the year over Jacksonville Monday night, beating the Gwatney Chevy Boys 16-5 at Dupree Park in Jacksonville. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville rallies past Benton in tourney final
IN SHORT: The Gwatney Class A team beat Benton 4-3 on the game’s last at bat to close its tournament. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot closes 7-Up Classic with win over Brinkley
IN SHORT: The Cabot American Legion team went 1-2 at Paragould’s annual 7-Up baseball tournament. [FULL TEXT]

Searcy, Harding Academy do well in 'Raid'
IN SHORT: The Searcy Lions finished third and the Wildcats fourth in the Sonic 7-on-7 football tournament. [FULL TEXT]




Previous Issues

FOI victory for people
Circuit Judge Chris Piazza’s ruling that Gov. Huckabee cannot hide the results of an investigation into alleged misconduct of a state official by the ruse of making them part of his office papers was as heartening as it was predictable. [FULL TEXT]

As we grieve a fallen hero
If early-week reports are right, the funeral in Beebe today for Army Spec. Bobby West, who gave his life patrolling the harrowing streets of Baghdad, will be disturbed by not one but two fringe groups.

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.

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]


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