The Leader

He’s chasing Huckabucks
Our advice to Gov. Huckabee, if he were to ask, would be to begin his presidential campaign on the highest possible note by observing the spirit and letter of the laws governing the financing of campaigns.

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.


Rape victim in Lonoke recalls her nightmare
One of Joe Rounsaville’s three rape victims was crying as she recalled her attacker menacing her in her home in Lonoke.

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. 13, 2006

Santa Claus last week stopped in at Ward Central Elementary School, which is part of the Cabot School District, to visit with students and learn what they wanted for Christmas. Pre-kindergarten through third grade got to visit with Santa Claus. He’s shown with students in Deanna Fleming’s pre-kindergarten class.

Cabot funds running low
IN SHORT: While Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh was away in Florida, the city scrambled to cover its payroll on Friday, but a sizeable check arrived on Tuesday, which will help pay workers, although incoming Mayor Eddie Joe Williams says Cabot must set aside some money for emergencies. [FULL TEXT]

Parking lot fight ends in shooting
IN SHORT: Police search for a visitor’s killer at a Jacksonville apartment complex where the murder occurred Tuesday. [FULL TEXT]

Sherwood signs MEMS contract
IN SHORT: Sherwood has just signed a five-year agreement with Met-ropolitan Emergency Medical Services for that agency to provide ambulance and other services to the city. [FULL TEXT]

Highway widening gets under way in Jacksonville
IN SHORT: Northbound lane closed as contractors start widening Hwy. 67/167 north of Hwy. 440. [FULL TEXT]



Jacksonville sophomore Antonio Washington goes up for a shot during the Wampus Cat Invitational basketball tournament at Conway.

Red Devils disrupt Conway
IN SHORT:Jacksonville sophomore Antonio Washington goes up for a shot during the Wampus Cat Invitational basketball tournament at Conway. [FULL TEXT]

Rabbits take two from Beebe
IN SHORT: Both Lonoke teams came out of the Badger Sports Arena with wins on Friday night. The Lady ’Rabbits came from behind to take a 48-41 win, while the Jackrabbits dominated the second half for a 60-37 rout. [FULL TEXT]

Raiders split with Academy
IN SHORT: The Raiders came out of the Harris Gym at Harding Academy with a win on Friday, but the girls were not as lucky. [FULL TEXT]

SHS Lions sweep up trophies at Batesville
IN SHORT: The Lions came away with a win over Harrison, while the Lady Lions defeated Batesville to sweep the finals of the White River Medical tourney at Batesville.[FULL TEXT]


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