The Leader

Huck fails honesty test
Minnesota has a law that mandates punishment for politicians who lie provably when they are running for office.

It’s Marion Berry again
U.S. Rep. Marion Berry, who represents the First District, is the only character in Arkansas’ staid congressional delegation.

Second-tier choices
Arkansas voters take lightly the races for the minor constitutional offices and who can blame them?

Why Beebe is the choice
For men with such disparate careers and political philosophies, Mike Beebe and Asa Hutchinson hold remarkably similar views on the issues that they have chosen to address, except, that is, the other's character and record.

Halter for lite governor
Think about it this way. Neither Bill Halter nor Jim Holt will do much harm or much good when they preside over the Arkansas Senate, which is the only constitutional duty that a lieutenant governor has, but he might be the acting governor for a few hours or a few days sometime.


Vote count disaster for Bush, GOP
Few Republicans expected this year’s mid-term elections would go their way, but Tuesday’s results are worse than any of the polls had predicted.

Eyewitness to uprising in Hungary
I'm going to write this week about an eyewitness to the Hungarian revolution–me.

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.












NOV. 8 , 2006

Ann Weatherly casts her vote Tuesday afternoon at First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Cabot. Weatherly was among many residents at the church using the new electronic voting machines. But when the waiting time at the Victory Baptist Church polling site grew to two hours, dozens of voters gave up their chance to cast their ballot and walked away.

GOP Wins key races in local contests
IN SHORT:Republicans hold on in Lonoke County as Prosecuting Attorney Lona McCastlain and Sheriff Jim Roberson are re-elected, while Cabot gets another Republican mayor after Eddie Joe Williams is elected to succeed Stubby Stumbaugh, who lost to Cong. Marion Berry, a Democrat. Republicans were also elected to the quorum court. [FULL TEXT]

Dems win top spots statewide Tuesday
IN SHORT: Dan Stedman to be Sherwood’s mayor and plans to bring city to new heights. [FULL TEXT]

New sheriff is elected
IN SHORT:Beebe votes for annexation which will more than double the size of the city; runoff for White County judge.

Cabot, Beebe see enrollment go up in school districts
IN SHORT:Figures show a slight student decrease in the Lonoke and Pulaski County Special school districts. [FULL TEXT]

Record attendance at show
IN SHORT:More than 200,000 aircraft enthusiasts — a record — visited Little Rock Air Force Base over the weekend for the 2006 Airpower Arkansas air show. [FULL TEXT]



Jacksonvile running back Justin Akins and the Red Devils travel to Texarkana Friday for the first round of the 6A state playoffs.

Devils up for tough game at Texarkana
IN SHORT:The Red Devils will start the playoffs on the road in a tough matchup against 6A-South Conference champions Texarkana this Friday night in the first round. [FULL TEXT]

Wildcats have to wait for playoffs
IN SHORT:Harding Academy received a by for the first round of the playoffs and will await the winner of Corning and Hector. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot putting youth on floor in new league
IN SHORT: The Panthers will start off the new season in a new league with a new group of starters after the starters from last year’s team graduated.

Red Devil intensity needs to rise
IN SHORT:Jacksonville’s boys basketball team has talent, but little experience as it heads into the state’s toughest league. [FULL TEXT]


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