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Shameful protest
Jonathan Phelps and his small group from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., this week demonstrated at two funerals for soldiers who were recently killed in Iraq.

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.









JUNE 17 , 2006

sworn in

Joan Zumwalt (left) of Jacksonville, representing the Daughters of the American Revolution, hands a U.S. flag to Stacy Gaddy of Canada at a naturalization ceremony Friday in Little Rock. Also at the ceremony were Dennis Wysocki, chief deputy-operations, and Lorna Jones, courtroom deputy for Judge H. David Young, who presided over the ceremony in the federal courthouse. .

Official implies city may get own district
IN SHORT: Jacksonville-area parents got yet another indication Thursday that a long-sought-after Jacksonville School District may be in the cards. [FULL TEXT]

More votes show up
IN SHORT: Following numerous voting woes and problems with new electronic equipment, the quorum court might appoint a part-time coordinator to assist the election commission. [FULL TEXT]

Judge to decide dispute
IN SHORT: Sherwood and Jacksonville are at odds over a proposed annexation..

Cabot, county in deal
IN SHORT: Lonoke County will help replace some of the city’s old bridges in exchange for help with road building.

PCSSD silent on possible pupil abuse
IN SHORT: The PCSSD refuses to comment on allegations that a Jacksonville band teacher choked and hit a young boy in his class and has acted inappropriately with young students in the past.

Veteran alderman dead at 70
IN SHORT: Robert Lewis, losing a battle with cancer, served on the Jacksonville City Council for 22 years and had just filed to run again.


three consecutiveSylvan Hills’ Austin Gwatney swings and misses while Jacksonville’s Kyle West catches the pitch Wednesday night during the Bruins’ 8-7 victory in a AAA American Legion game. .

Sylvan Hills AAA team beats Jacksonville for the third time
IN SHORT: IN SHORT: The Gwatney Chevrolet team came up just short after mounting a huge comeback Wednesday night against the Sylvan Hills Bruins. [FULL TEXT]

Panther Stadium getting new turf
IN SHORT: Meeting held on Wednesday to discuss ways to raise money for new football field surface. [FULL TEXT]

Red Devil leading scorer signs with SW Iowa State
IN SHORT: Jacksonville guard Lavar Neely signed on to continue his basketball career in the Hawkeye state. [FULL TEXT]

Kids enjoy learning from Brits
IN SHORT: Area youths were schooled in British-style soccer by coaches from England last week at the JSA camp.

Cabot downed in three straight
IN SHORT: The Home Depot team struggled through three losses this week, falling to Sylvan Hills, Little Rock ASO and Russellville.




Previous Issues

The Lord as your co-pilot
Providence dealt mercifully with Gov. Huckabee last week when one of the twin engines of the Cessna Citation that was ferrying him, his wife, daughter and aides to a political gathering in North Carolina conked out near Chattanooga. [FULL TEXT]

Rove is off the hook
A single terrorist who has murdered and maimed at will for three years around Baghdad while mocking the U.S. military and thousands of intelligence agents is finally crushed by bombs, and then the president’s top aide learns that he will not go to prison. No one ever needed a good week more, and for President Bush those two events pass for a stellar week. [FULL TEXT]

Huckabee: What a card!
For his sake and for the good of this blessedly humble state, someone needs to tell Gov. Huckabee that he serves us best by not imitating either Don Imus or Ann Coulter when he is in the cultivated precincts of New York, or even North Carolina. [FULL TEXT]

For local boys, on Tuesday
Arkansas will hold its general primaries Tuesday statewide in the case of the Democrats and in far-scattered precincts in the case of Republicans, and the voters are expected to be few and far between. [FULL TEXT]

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.

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