The Leader

Don’t waste our surplus
Fresh estimates that the surplus in the state treasury will soar to $850 million and maybe well past that by the end of the fiscal year ought to be unalloyed good news.

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.


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. 6, 2006

CenturyTel, along with many other area businesses and organizations, had floats in the Jacksonville Christmas parade held Saturday afternoon on Main Street.

School funding back in session
IN SHORT: Local legislators unhappy with state Supreme Court continuing Lake View case, but they are committed to improvements. [FULL TEXT]

Ozone could puncture North Belt plans
IN SHORT: Dirty air could KO completion of the new freeway. [FULL TEXT]

State has not done enough, attorney says
IN SHORT: The state hasn’t done all it should to assure adequate funding of public schools and hasn’t even petitioned to be released from oversight by the state Supreme Court, according to Sam Jones, attorney for the Pulaski County Special School District. [FULL TEXT]

Community center has quiet opening
IN SHORT: The facility was ready for use on Monday after the city performed a final inspection of the new $4.1 million building. [FULL TEXT]

Land cleared for library in Jacksonville
IN SHORT: After clearing four acres of land in downtown Jacksonville, the city is set to start testing the soil for construction of the new $2.6 million public library. [FULL TEXT]



Cabot senior center Alex Sharp drives to the basket during the Panthers’ 56-46 loss to Lake Hamilton Saturday night at CAC.

Wolves top Cabot
IN SHORT:Lake Hamilton beat the Panthers to win the Ortho Hoops tournament at CAC [FULL TEXT]

Memphis controls tempo, beats JHS
IN SHORT: The Red Devils ventured across state lines and lost to Central High of Memphis 57-38 Friday night to fall to 2-2 on the season. [FULL TEXT]

Searcy wins boys and girls crowns at Classic
IN SHORT: The Lions defeated Lonoke while the Lady Lions came from behind to beat JA Fair in overtime Saturday night. [FULL TEXT]

Red Devils win pair from North Pulaski
IN SHORT: Jacksonville’s freshmen basketball teams topped the Falcons Monday.[FULL TEXT]


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