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Porkmeisters at the trough
The porkmeisters in the legislature continued this week to tinker with a bill to hoodwink the Supreme Court and the state Constitution. [FULL TEXT]

King Frank
The hurried retirement of Frank Broyles, Athletic Director for Life, was as near an epochal event as we are apt to have in Razorback Nation.

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.


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. 21 , 2007

Lonoke County has pushed a frontage road to the new Wal-Mart along the west side of Hwy. 67/167. Now the gravel base needs asphalt, and Cabot is expected to build a $150,000 bridge over this creek, connecting it with South Rockwood Road.

Cabot traffic summit Friday
IN SHORT: Competing plans and other suggestions will be presented to state Highway Department director, Rep. Marion Berry and others. [FULL TEXT]

Plan to ease out portables
IN SHORT: Cabot Junior High North students could be in real buildings next school year. [FULL TEXT]

District, city seek solutions
IN SHORT: Superintendent and mayor working on solving congestion caused by schools. [FULL TEXT]

Sherwood I-440 route submitted
IN SHORT: From Hwy. 67/167, it would run north of Indianhead Lake, cross Hwy. 107 south of Fears Lake, north of Oakdale Road, cross Kellogg Acres Road, cut across to Wayside Road, then southwest to Batesville Pike. [FULL TEXT]

HUD gives housing authority more time to comply
IN SHORT:New director and board working with federal agency to fix problems and avoid penalties. [FULL TEXT]



Jacksonville senior Kajuan Watson splits a pair West Memphis defenders for two of his game-high 16 points Friday night.

Red Devils seal spot in playoffs with win
IN SHORT: Jacksonville secured at least a No. 4 seed in the 6A state tournament by beating West Memphis Friday night to improve to 6-6 in league. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Jackrabbits take district title
IN SHORT: Lonoke backed up a season title in the 4A-2 by winning the district tourney. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Wildcats top Riverview for region’s top seed
IN SHORT: Harding Academy shut down the Lady Raiders in the second half of the 3A-2 district title game for a 38-33 win. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot girls take win over Zebras
IN SHORT: Harding Academy shut down the Lady Raiders in the second half of the 3A-2 district title game for a 38-33 win. [FULL TEXT]


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