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Lake View not over
No one should have been surprised this week when the Arkansas Supreme Court extended its jurisdiction over the Lake View school case another six months, but the principal parties to this unending nightmare were shocked beyond belief.

Achieving fairer taxes
It may seem beggarly or simply perverse to suggest new taxes when the state is building a surplus that will approach $1 billion by the end of this fiscal year.

Big chance for Berry
His party will run both houses of Congress in January and Rep. Marion Berry’s big issue — prescription drugs — also is at the top of the Democratic agenda. Berry aroused great expectations in the election because he has often been the party’s point man on health issues. We will see his mettle now.

Strengthen ethics law
Did the big developers out west corrupt the central Arkansas water supply and we missed it? How else to account for still another grabby public official and another agency with lax ethical impulses? It seems epidemic.

Roberts sets an example
Here’s a small news item that missed the regular prints last month: Admirers of the marvelous work of Bobby Roberts, the director of the Central Arkansas Library System, conducted a broad but muted fund-raising effort to outfit a conference hall in the new Arkansas Studies Institute and name it after Roberts.


It's cold, but Africa is too hot just now
The cold weather blew in from the southwest, but we escaped an ice storm, which is not uncommon around here in early December.

Robert Junior Lockwood, RIP
Robert Junior Lockwood, the last of the great Arkansas Delta bluesmen, died this week in Cleveland, Ohio, at the age of 91 after suffering a stroke earlier this month.

General who served here runs mobile war center
A group of airmen inside a metal building near the flightline at Little Rock Air Force Base were talking shop while they stood near several covered pallets of cargo last week, when Gen. Scott Gray, commander of Air Mobility Warfare Center at Fort Dix, N.J., walked in.

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.














DEC. 2, 2006

Miss Jacksonville Jennifer Lynn holds Tiny Miss Cityfest Alesha Lucas as she places an ornament on the Christmas tree at Jacksonville City Hall during Thursday evening’s Christmas lighting ceremony. More Christmas events are planned for this weekend, with parades today in Jacksonville, Ward and Beebe, and tomorrow in Sherwood and Cabot.

Region hoping for gas pay-off
IN SHORT: Geologist says $340 million has been spent exploring the Fayetteville Shale in White County and elsewhere. [FULL TEXT]

Spending priorities proposed by justice
IN SHORT: Pulaski County JPs hope to see more than 1,100 jail beds if funds are available. [FULL TEXT]

Borrowers could get help
IN SHORT: Despite progress, critics propose new laws and new style loans to combat abuses by payday lenders. [FULL TEXT]

Insurer says it will pay district
IN SHORT: Insurance company defends the length of time it is taking to settle with Cabot Junior High North. [FULL TEXT]

Sherwood meth lab is broken up
IN SHORT: Pulaski County deputies celebrated National Methamphetamine Awareness Day by busting up a meth lab operation in Sherwood early Thursday afternoon. [FULL TEXT]



Cabot sophomore Adam Sterrenberg slips past Catholic guard La ’Norris Dukes for two of his total 19 points during the Panthers’ 65-56 win over the Rockets during the semifinals of the Ortho Arkansas tournament at CAC on Thursday night..

Panthers knock off Catholic Rockets
IN SHORT:Cabot defeated its 7A-Central Conference mates in the semifinal round of the CAC tourney Thursday night in Maumelle. [FULL TEXT]

Wildcat girls top Tigers, advance
IN SHORT: The Harding Academy girls escaped Pangburn with a win to move into the title game of the White County Classic. They will play Rose Bud at 6 p.m. tonight at Pangburn. [FULL TEXT]

Late three lifts Jackrabbits over Dogs
IN SHORT: A last-second three pointer for Lonoke moved the ‘Rabbits into the final round of the Searcy Bank Classic. [FULL TEXT]

Devils plan for Saturdays
IN SHORT: Four of Jacksonville’s seniors have the possibility of playing college football after a strong 2006 season for the Red Devils.[FULL TEXT]


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