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Debates over, so you decide
The televised debates among the statewide candidates have come to a close, making hardly a ripple in the opinion polls since the debates were followed mostly by political junkies who made up their minds long ago.

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. 21 , 2006

Susan Briggler, pharmacist manager at Jacksonville Fred's, pulls medicine off the shelf to fill a customer's prescription on a busy Friday afternoon.

Drug competition heats up
IN SHORT: A $4 prescription drug program Wal-Mart tested in the Tampa, Fla., area expands to Arkansas and 13 other states, but many competitors say they’ll match the program. [FULL TEXT]

Candidates square off for Nov. 7
IN SHORT: Roberson will face former Sheriff Martin for the third time as spirited races include contests for quorum court, mayor of Cabot, Lonoke, Ward, Austin and elsewhere. [FULL TEXT]

Get ready for Halloween
IN SHORT:Pirate costumes are most popular this year as residents enjoy haunted houses, festivals. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville council pulls rezoning issue as votes aren't there
IN SHORT: Alderman Bob Stroud, sponsor of the ordinance, will decide when it will have its third and final reading. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot’s ISO rating drops
IN SHORT: A decline after a recent inspection and analysis may cause some residents to pay higher premiums. [FULL TEXT]


Jacksonville defenders Zach Thomas, 28, and Norvel Gabriel, 86, try to hem in Forrest City running back John Washington last night at FCHS.

Red Devils prevail
IN SHORT: Jacksonville moved into a tie for first place in the 6A-East Conference Friday night by beating Forrest City 23-20 in overtime. The win lifts the Red Devils to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play. [FULL TEXT]

Incomplete two-point conversion costs ’Rabs
IN SHORT:Lonoke fell just short pulling out the win over Marianna Friday night at Abraham Field in a 42-40 loss to the Trojans. [FULL TEXT]

Belles get win over Cabot in 7A finale
IN SHORT: The Lady Panthers’ visit to MSM Academy resulted in a sweep by the Belles over Cabot in the final conference match. [FULL TEXT]

Harding Academy cruises
IN SHORT: The Wildcats easily handled their biggest game to date by beating Y-S at home. [FULL TEXT]

Bryant defense stuffs Cabot, earns shutout
IN SHORT: Cabot was called for nine penalties and failed to score in a 7A-Central loss to Bryant Friday. [FULL TEXT]


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