The Leader

Why Pryor is angry
It does not speak well of Tim Griffin that his appointment by President Bush as United States attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas brought an expression of rage from Sen. Mark Pryor.

Affordable insurance
One euphoric day in 1999, Gov. Huckabee and his health director, Dr. Fay Boozman, announced a goal of his administration: providing health insurance in some way for every person in Arkansas.

Kick out the usurers
Rep. Sandra Prater (D-Jacksonville) deserves praise for sponsoring a bill that might put the worst of the abusive payday lenders out of business in Arkansas.

Cabot’s Quick fix
Cabot officials have found a solution to the cash crunch the city found itself in this month: The city almost didn’t make payroll last week, but a generous check from the state bailed Cabot out at almost at the last minute

Taxpayers ripped off
We confess that we never much liked the advertising and promotion taxes that are collected by the larger cities to try to lure convention and tourist business, although we weren’t absolutely sure why.


Man loses long fight to cancer
Andrew Parker, who had fought a brain tumor much of his life, wanted to see his sister and her family in Atlanta one last time over the Thanksgiving weekend.

What little girl wanted for holiday
When my friend Jack Sallee was with the Jaycees in Fayetteville, they’d put an ad in the paper at Christmastime, saying that for $2 you could have Santa come to your place.

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. 27, 2006

Dixie Lewis (left) brings back an item at the holiday return table of Academy Sports in Sherwood. Inventory-control specialist Michelle Hatch checks items as they come in for refund or exchange.

If hospital is built, will they come?
IN SHORT: Rebsamen Medical Center’s board of directors eye competition up and down Hwy. 67/167 and seeks answers on how to stop losses and attract patients and doctors who can help the hospital thrive again. [FULL TEXT]

Taxes bulk of city revenue
IN SHORT: County and local taxes make up the bulk of expected income to support Jacksonville in 2007, and salaries make up the bulk of expenses. [FULL TEXT]

Consultant pushes a tourism district
IN SHORT: Jacksonville needs an identifiable tourism district, according to a $9,700 study the city’s advertising and promotion commission asked for. [FULL TEXT]

Judge finds Iran guilty in bombing
IN SHORT: A federal judge last week ruled that Iran was responsible for the bombing a decade ago of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia which killed 19 American service members and injured hundreds of others, including five airmen from Little Rock Air Force Base.

Cabot water group hopes it will justify its existence
IN SHORT: Commission ordered by voters and created by the city council must prove its worth to incoming officials.



Alex Sharp drives to the basket during the recent finals of the CAC tournament. The 6’8” senior runs the low-block for Cabot.

Panther standout is ‘Sharp’
IN SHORT:Cabot senior Alex Sharp will lead the Panthers in the 2007 conference season during the team’s first year in 7A-Central. [FULL TEXT]

Lonoke snuffs out Stuttgart Ricebirds
IN SHORT:The Lady ’Rabbits won to improve to 5-0 in league play; the ’Rabbits are now 4-1 after Friday’s win.[FULL TEXT]

Lady Devils using Classic to prepare for conference
IN SHORT: The Jacksonville girls team will have to take part in the Red Devil Classic without two starting guards. [FULL TEXT]


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