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Baker plan makes sense
Not even President Bush’s most biting partisan critics can rejoice at the terrible decision that he must make in this winter most bleak.

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.


Next stage in Iraq still uncertain
More than 30 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq during the first week of December while politicians in Washington debated the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group on how to extricate ourselves from a war that will soon enter its fifth year

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. 9, 2006

Two-year-old Joshua Parris of Beebe receives a candy cane from Santa Claus last Saturday at Beebe’s Christmas lighting ceremony at Daniel Park. The city’s Christmas parade followed the park lighting ceremony. More area Christmas parade photos can be seen on p. 6A, including a list of parade entry winners.

Highway death stuns family
IN SHORT: No charges filed yet in nightmarish pedestrian accident on access road in Cabot which took the life of Christopher Dale Copeland as he was dragged by a motorist for about a mile. [FULL TEXT]

Driver faces charges for accident on overpass
IN SHORT: Gravel truck slammed into two pickups, killing a man from Ward. [FULL TEXT]

Director search is now down to seven finalists
IN SHORT: Jacksonville board narrows a long list of candidates for the tough job of running the troubled agency, which has come under fire from federal authorities for mishandling funds. [FULL TEXT]

High court could soon decide suit on funding
IN SHORT: Jacksonville businessman and former Rep. Mike Wilson says he hopes the state Supreme Court will rule in his favor against funding what he calls pork projects and before the January session of the General Assembly is finished. [FULL TEXT]



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

Devil press breaks Pointers
IN SHORT:After losing to Benton in the opening round of the Wampus Cat Invitational, the Red Devils bounced back to beat Van Buren. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Panthers hammer Chapel
IN SHORT: The Cabot girls blasted by Watson Chapel on Tuesday night for their seventh straight win of the early season. [FULL TEXT]

Raiders get crucial road victory at Abundant Life
IN SHORT: Abundant Life lost to Riverview in a pair of 2-3A Conference games Tuesday night in Sherwood. [FULL TEXT]

Beebe gets by Clinton for first win this season
IN SHORT: The Badgers got their first victory of the year on Tuesday night with a 59-41 rout over the Clinton Yellowjackets.[FULL TEXT]


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