The Leader

Lenders kill legislation
Here is our civics lesson for today. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money to keep your financial advantages in the Arkansas Legislature there is a way. Just spend it in the right place.

Elvis country
Another automotive suitor, the relentlessly fickle Toyota Motor Corp., has spurned Arkansas and its generous dowry of tax breaks, subsidies and cheap labor.

Another ruse for local funds
The ever ingenious and disingenuous state Sen. Bob Johnson of Bigelow has come up with another ruse to skirt the state Constitution’s ban on local and special legislation.

Huckabee wore out plane
Gov. Beebe wants the legislature to appropriate $4 million from the state surplus to buy a new jet plane for the State Police or else fix the one that former Gov. Mike Huckabee grounded. [FULL TEXT]

Funding our schools
Gov. Beebe and legislative leaders agreed this week on a school budget for the next two years and to compliment themselves for having done it nobly. [FULL TEXT]


State plane flies again: Say it ain’t so, Mike
The Leader was complaining in an editorial Saturday about former Gov. Huckabee wearing out that State Police plane after he hijacked it for his personal use, flying with family and friends to all the fun places, high above the great unwashed — that’s us, the taxpayers who’re now supposed to shell out $4 million for a new airplane because Gov. Beebe likes it, too. [FULL TEXT]

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. 28 , 2007

Steve Burt of Little Rock Air Force Base visits Westside Elementary School pupils in Mrs. Chidester’s class in Cabot as they celebrate the Chinese New Year with a Chinese dragon dance. Wearing the head is Burt’s daughter, Annie, followed by Bradley Brown, Megan Thurgood, Alan Bandala, Shelby Murphy and Maccoy Watts.

Ruling could help new district
IN SHORT: Local legislator lays groundwork for stand-alone north Pulaski County school district after federal judge lifts supervision over Little Rock. [FULL TEXT]

Lenders kill bill to set limits on loans
IN SHORT: Industry frustrates consumer groups unhappy with triple-digit annual interest rates. [FULL TEXT]

Scandal trial in Cabot is underway
IN SHORT: Opening statements and testimony could begin in Cabot as early as Thursday in the 72-count criminal enterprise, drug and theft trial of former Lonoke Police Chief Jay Campbell and two co-defendants. [FULL TEXT]

Tax break for base housing
IN SHORT: Pulaski County Judge Villines exempts LRAFB housing from property taxes, but assessor vows to appeal his decision. [FULL TEXT]

Miss Arkansas to compete in national pageant on TV
IN SHORT:Air Force officer will head to California for March 23 contest. [FULL TEXT]



Lonoke freshman point guard Michaela Brown leads a transition during the Lady Jackrabbits’ 46-45 win over Pocahontas Saturday in the Class 4A East Region title game.

Lady Jackrabbits take region crown
IN SHORT: The Lady ‘Rabbits captured their second title in as many weeks with a win in the 4A East Regional tournament over the weekend in Pocahontas. Lonoke will be the No. 1 seed in this week’s state tournament. [FULL TEXT]

Raiders top Dogs for No. 1 seed
IN SHORT: Riverview defeated Conway-St. Joseph’s in the Region 2 championship game Saturday night. [FULL TEXT]

Devils and Bears have difficult first matchups
IN SHORT: Jacksonville and Sylvan Hills open state tournament play this week at Jonesboro High. [FULL TEXT]


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