The Leader

Huck makes Sooners mad
Gov. Huckabee's brief sojourn in Oklahoma last week to campaign for local Republican candidates explains better than anything else why he will never get far in the stakes for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.

Bring them to Arkansas
The swansongs of penitent congressmen caught up in the lobbying and page scandals would make a fine libretto for a modern opera. We need Kurt Weill or Bertolt Brecht to do it justice.

Removing grocery tax
If you follow the commercials, press releases and debates and debates of Asa Hutchinson and Mike Beebe, you would think that the paramount issue in the governor's race is who first or most wholeheartedly favored removing the state sales tax on groceries.

Hastert won’t resign
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert says flatly that he will never resign his leadership post because of the mushrooming page scandal, and we would never suggest that he should quit, at least not for his shocking but predictable weakness in the page matter.

Perspective on illegals
The campaign template for every Republican candidate for public office in America this year is supposed to include a plan to stop immigration.


Attack Iran by air, says general
Thousands of Arkansans in the military who serve in Iraq and Afghanistan may see action in two other trouble spots in the not too distant future.

First school since 1970s a possibility
Attorney Gen. Mike Beebe wants to build the first new school in Jacksonville in 30 years, and he thinks he can fund it with the state's surplus, although that's vanishing about as fast as last decade's federal surplusd

Honoring heroes in a time of terrorism
Sgt. Synnora Guinn of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department was decked out in her Scottish regalia and played "Amazing Grace" on her bag pipes at the ceremony Monday honoring America's heroes.

Bad guys will get hands on nukes soon
While talking to Israel's consul general not long before the fifth anniversary of 9/11, I realized that in his country, they commemorate such anniversaries just about every week.

War on terror begins right here at home
Little Rock Air Force Base will once again send several hundred men and women overseas for the war on terror.

Big George Brock still packs a punch
Big George Brock is a 74-year-old former heavyweight boxer who still packs a double punch as a powerful harmonica player and blues singer. His new CD, Round Two (Cat Head Records), follows last year’s successful Club Caravan, which was nominated for a Handy award.

Lawsuit aims to stop group
Members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., were again busy this week picketing funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, but lawsuits filed by families who have lost their loved ones could stop the church group from taunting grieving relatives.

Sheikh, rattle and roll as war goes on
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader, didn’t do the Lebanese any favors when he picked a fight with Israel. He’s still firing rockets into Israel, but look at the price he’s paying: Hundreds of his fighters dead, thousands more Lebanese civilians killed and injured and much of his country in ruins.

Beware: Lines are signs of WWIII
You can tell from the long lines of cars outside Little Rock Air Force Base that the nation is at war. Security is extremely tight, as it is throughout the country and at all U.S. military installations around the world.

Huckabee pardons another drunk
Gov. Huckabee blundered twice this week: He leased a brand-new Suburban at taxpayers’ expense for nearly $900 a month, the gold-plated version, no less, even though he has only six months left in office. What was wrong with the old one?

Down in Bentonia
For Sam Myers, 1935-2006 Down in Bentonia, Miss., deep in the Delta, a couple of fast-fingered bluesmen strummed their guitars and sang in a haunting falsetto, creating the Bentonia blues sound.












OCT. 18 , 2006

Flynn Ellison tries his hand at darts to pop a balloon for a prize during CabotFest on Saturday.

Prosecutor: More sordid acts tied to Campbells
IN SHORT:Their trial is postponed until February as new allegations are made against former police chief and his wife. [FULL TEXT]

Townhouse plan splits city council
IN SHORT: Commissioner stands by resignation threat as vote nears on rezoning. [FULL TEXT]

Candidates debate before farmers
IN SHORT:Cong. Marion Berry defends his record during a Farm Bureau dinner in Lonoke, while Republican challenger Stubby Stumbaugh criticizes incumbent's record. [FULL TEXT]

Council still votes to allow rezoning
IN SHORT: Commercial development allowed after 6-2 vote by Cabot City Council. [FULL TEXT]

Beebe likes pre-K class during visit
IN SHORT: With a problem of improving education in the state, Attorney Gen. Mike Beebe, the Democratic candidate for governor, Monday visited Ward Central Elementary School's pre-kindergarten program that he hopes to implement statewide. [FULL TEXT]


Cabot senior tailback Colin Fuller tries to get past Jacksonville defender Eric Berry in the season opener.

Panthers have to beat the unbeaten Friday
IN SHORT: The Panthers will face their third straight undefeated conference foe this Friday when Bryant comes to Cabot. [FULL TEXT]

Red Devils worrisome for Reed
IN SHORT:The improved play of the speedy Jacksonville squad has former Red Devil and Forrest City head coach Scott Reed worried as he prepares for this Friday's 6A-East matchup. [FULL TEXT]

Sylvan Hills riding high; Patriots get players back
IN SHORT: The Bears will carry the momentum of their first conference win into their game with a now full-strength Marion team Friday night. [FULL TEXT]

Lonoke will battle with Trojans for higher seed
IN SHORT: The Jackrabbits will host an important game with Marianna this Friday at Abraham Stadium to determine who still has a shot at grabbing the league title. [FULL TEXT]

HA Wildcats playing for league crown
IN SHORT: Although it's only week eight, Harding Academy and Yellville-Summit will battle for the 3A-2 Conference championship this Friday. [FULL TEXT]


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