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Beebe: good on promise
Starting July 1, you will pay a few pennies less in the grocery checkout line. [FULL TEXT]

GOP makes poor choice
Tim Griffin said this week that he would rather not be the United States attorney for the eastern district of Arkansas if it meant that he would have to answer questions about his past political work as others have had to do the past century or so.

Beebe kicks off road program
Gov. Mike Beebe, who first said he would not have a highway-building program at his first legislative session, changed his mind this week and said he would offer a modest one.

Eject sharks
We were frankly shocked but impressed at the magnitude of the vote in the House of Representatives for the bill to regulate payday lenders in Arkansas. [FULL TEXT]

Don't politicize U.S. attorneys
The cynic in us warns us that President Bush will not let it become law, but the Senate Judiciary Committee offered a remedy this week to the administration’s power grab in the criminal justice system.


Disabled vet celebrates successors
Butch Davis sat at a round table near the corner where the Singing Sergeants entertained in the big gym on Little Rock Air Force Base, which was honoring its top personnel at the annual awards banquet Saturday night. [FULL TEXT]

Candidates are plentiful for 2008 run
“Candidates Outnumber Voters in ‘08.” [FULL TEXT]

Charge Atilla the Huck for his vandalism
The national media will one day catch up with Mike Huckabee’s vandalism during his last days in office, when the former governor ordered underlings to smash computer hard drives costing Arkansas taxpayers thousands of dollars. [FULL TEXT]

Finding out more about state firings
Gov. Mike Beebe promises he’ll run an open administration, unlike his predecessor, the secretive Mike Huckabee, who used to walk out with the office furniture when no one was looking.

Favorite jazz, blues from ’06
While talking to Lonoke County Justice of the Peace Larry Odom, who could pass for drummer Levon Helm’s brother, I remembered I still hadn’t listed my favorite CDs and DVDs of 2006:

Time of year bringing out best in folks
Marti Frederick of Cabot returned home around 7 o’clock Christmas night from family gatherings in Little Rock.

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.
















Feb. 17 , 2007

Demolition is underway at Cabot Junior High North after the Cabot School District agreed on a final insurance settlement of $12 million dollars last Friday to rebuild CJHN after last August’s fire destroyed the building. A public meeting will be held at a future date to determine the best rebuilding option for the district.

Bringing down the school
IN SHORT: As demolition is underway at what remained of Cabot Junior High North after the Aug. 10 fire that destroyed the school, district administrators are looking to the future for their building and rezoning options both at CJHN and in the district overall. [FULL TEXT]

Defense wins one of three motions
IN SHORT: Campbell’s attorney wins delay but loses effort to get prosecutor dismissed from trial. [FULL TEXT]

C-130 drops: Saving lives
IN SHORT: Airlift missions take more than 5,000 truck convoys off dangerous Iraqi roads. [FULL TEXT]

Lonoke QC adamant about jail expansion
IN SHORT: Facility may receive a 22-bed expansion with or without city approval even though aldermen have turned down plan. [FULL TEXT]

Unveiling art at Jacksonville Chamber
IN SHORT: Artist Richard DeSpain has 85 prints adorning the walls of the chamber. [FULL TEXT]



Sylvan Hills’ Tony Robinson goes up and under Jacksonville’s Norvel Gabriel for two of his game high 13 points Tuesday night.

Red Devils shake road woes, topple Sylvan Hills
IN SHORT: Jacksonville topped the Bears for its first conference win away from home. The Lady Devils also got a big win Tuesday. [FULL TEXT]

Rabbits hold off Stuttgart
IN SHORT: The Lonoke boys led by 15, then trailed by seven, but beat the Ricebirds in overtime. [FULL TEXT]

Academy upsets Riverview
IN SHORT: The Wildcats upset Riverview Thursday night to make the district finals. [FULL TEXT]

Playoffs hope over for young Panthers
IN SHORT: A 66-52 loss to Bryant ended any chances of post-season play for the Panthers. [FULL TEXT]


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