The Leader

Payday stooges
It’s easy to make fun of payday lenders and their lobbyists, who have a reputation of showing up at the Capitol in their checked suits and wide ties, smelling of cheap cigars and cologne and wearing little pinkie diamond rings. [FULL TEXT]

Our military deserves thanks
Our subject today is competence — those who do their job, especially in the public sector, without grandstanding, as if to say, “It’s all in a day’s work. That’s what you’ve hired us for.” [FULL TEXT]

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.


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.
















March 3, 2007

Airman 1st Class Robert Shapard, a member of the 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, holds his 4-month-old son, Michael, for the first time as his wife, Stacy (right), welcomes him home from his deployment in Iraq. More than 116 members of the 463rd Airlift Group were welcomed home recently by families and friends.

Newspaper celebrates 20 years of publishing
IN SHORT: The Leader marks two decades and invites readers to take advantage of a great special. [FULL TEXT]

Sherwood starts suit over rates from NLR
IN SHORT: Stedman tells council North Little Rock electricity is costing too much and his city needs a choice. [FULL TEXT]

Adjutant general installed
IN SHORT: Maj. Gen. William D. Wofford assumes command of the 10,200-member strong Arkansas National Guard at a 1 p.m. ceremony today at Camp Robinson. [FULL TEXT]

Send-off in style
IN SHORT: Friends, co-workers and supporters gather to wish Miss Arkansas USA good luck. [FULL TEXT]

Group taking donations to storm victims
IN SHORT: Military spouse heads relief effort for Dumas, collecting until March 10. [FULL TEXT]

Builder asks Jacksonville for district
IN SHORT: Council grants developer his request for a wide-open improvement ordinance.

High-profile witnesses kick off trial
IN SHORT: As the corruption case begins, prosecutors present circumstantial evidence that the Campbells stole drugs, but no one could confirm on the stand that drugs were taken in their presence. [FULL TEXT]



Jacksonville senior guard Kajuan Watson drives past an El Dorado defender during the Red Devils' 57-51 win in the first round of the 6A state playoffs in Jonesboro. The win put the Devils in semifinal play with top-seeded LIttle Rock Hall yesterday evening.

Devils advance with win
IN SHORT: Jacksonville survived the first round of the 6A state playoffs with a close 57-51 win over El Dorado on Wednesday. [FULL TEXT]

Early exits
IN SHORT: Four local teams move on to weekend play, the rest come home. [FULL TEXT]

Season ends for Rabbits
IN SHORT: Lonoke won its opener against Dollarway, but couldn’t repeat the same success against Huntsville Thursday. [FULL TEXT]


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