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Biggest challenge
The biggest challenge facing Mike Beebe when he becomes governor of Arkansas is figuring out what to do with the state’s growing surplus.

Call me a populist
AUSTIN, Texas — Having watched election coverage nonstop all week, I sometimes wake screaming, “Bipartisanship!” and scare myself.

Winners and losers
Republicans took a beating at the polls Tuesday in Arkansas and the nation. Gov. Huckabee calls it “a whipping,” and with good reason: Democrats captured all the constitutional offices in the state and even gained some seats in the Legislature.

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.


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. 15, 2006

Cabot Mayor-elect Eddie Joe Williams, a former alderman, holds a sign as he waves to motorists on Tuesday to thank them for their support in last week’s election.

Williams eager to take reins in Cabot, get city moving forward again
IN SHORT:Eddie Joe Williams, the mayor-elect in Cabot, isn’t talking about major changes early in his administration, but he does have a game plan for January. [FULL TEXT]

Lawmakers say they’re ready to work with Beebe
IN SHORT:Area legislators—all of whom were reelected without opposition Nov. 7—agree that Mike Beebe will be more of a hands-on governor than Gov. Mike Huckabee has been—and “hands-on” is the term they use nearly to a person. [FULL TEXT]

Oversight could end next year for district
IN SHORT:Sharpe expects PCSSD release from fiscal distress and proposses a new Jacksonville middle school building. [FULL TEXT]

Officials resign in Jacksonville
IN SHORT:After seven years on the job, Jacksonville City Engineer Jay Whisker announced his resignation at the city’s planning commission meeting Monday night.

Snyder set to chair military subcommittee
IN SHORT:Cong. Vic Snyder, D-Little Rock, fresh off a landslide victory over his sacrificial Republican challenger said Thursday that he expected to be a House Armed Services subcommittee chairman when the reconstituted House of Representatives reconvenes in January. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot shows off high school
IN SHORT:Residents took a peek at the new $17 mllion campus after a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday. [FULL TEXT]



Jacksonville receiver Marcus King draws pass interference on Texarkana, but the game was all Razorbacks as they defeated the Red Devils 40-6 in the first round of the playoffs.

Cabot blows by Lonoke
IN SHORT:The Cabot girls basketball team handled Lonoke with little trouble in the final of the RAPA Roundball Rally consolation bracket Saturday afternoon at Hall High. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot turns in best effort at XC
IN SHORT:The Panther and Lady Panther crosscountry teams qualified four runners for the All-Star states meet this Saturday. [FULL TEXT]

Freshmen Red Devils split with War Eagles
IN SHORT: The Jacksonville ninth-grade girls won while the boys lost their season opener Monday night at Fair High School. [FULL TEXT]

Wildcats restless, anxious to get playoffs underway
IN SHORT:After a week off due to the new playoff format, Harding Academy is anxious to get on the field to face their second-round foe. [FULL TEXT]


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