The Leader

Deltic should pay back taxes
The news that Central Arkansas Water and Deltic Timber Corp. are nearing an agreement for the utility to buy 700 acres of Deltic timberland on the slopes above its public water intake on Lake Maumelle leaves us with two impulses: cheering and crying. [FULL TEXT]

Declare Dumas a disaster
Outrage of the week: President Bush and the Federal Emergency Management Agency refused to declare a disaster in Desha County, which was swept by devastating tornadoes two weeks ago.

Making excuses for Libby
What a difference eight years make. A special prosecutor pursued President Clinton relentlessly through the ‘90s to see whether he had committed a crime in a 1978 private land transaction in Marion County, Ark.

Libby takes the fall
Yesterday was a hard day in one of the hardest times any president has had to face since Pearl Harbor. Only Bill Clinton’s impeachment may have been harder, for the president and for the beloved country.

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.


Stackhouse label keeps blues alive
Jim O’Neal, co-founder of Living Blues magazine, is back in the record business with a new label after the demise of Rooster Blues, which issued some of the most important blues of the last 25 years, including several first-rate musicians from Arkansas, such as the late Larry Davis, as well as Willie Cobbs and Lonnie Shields, who are still performing. [FULL TEXT]

First-class care, pay essential for military
The scandal over the shabby treatment veterans receive at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington and elsewhere tells only half the story. [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.
















March 7, 2007

Second graders from Jacksonville Elementary School have fun during an afternoon recess at the school Tuesday. Several children hang upside down on the jungle gym in the playground. The kids enjoyed the nice weather, a sign that spring is coming.

Sherwood showdown
IN SHORT: Aldermen Tuesday vote 6-1 to dismiss public works director over Stedman’s objections. [FULL TEXT]

Witness: Campbells took drugs
IN SHORT: Ex-deputy says he and his son sold the couple ecstasy; inmate work program also probed. [FULL TEXT]

Jail wants state help to repair bad roof
IN SHORT: Ceiling collapse and overcrowding could strain an already tight county budget. [FULL TEXT]

Inspectors focusing on school fire safety
IN SHORT: State legislation would require regular inspections and place the responsibility on local fire departments. [FULL TEXT]



Demetri Rice, mother of Lonoke freshman Asiah Scribner, is overcome with excitement as she hugs her daughter after the Lady Jackrabbits beat Star City 40-35 to advance to the class 4A state championship game in Hot Springs.

Lady Jackrabbits topple Star City, vying for state
IN SHORT: The Lonoke girls beat Star City in the semifinals to advance to the state title game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hot Springs Convention Center. [FULL TEXT]

Raiders beat Ramblers, odds
IN SHORT: Riverview will face Hughes in the class 3A boys state title game at 7:45 p.m. Saturday. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot gets second win over Devils in Classic
IN SHORT: The Panthers beat Jacksonville Monday in the second round of the Jacksonville tourney. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville coach proud of his team’s achievement
IN SHORT: The Red Devil basketball team made big strides in advancing the school’s program by advancing to the state semifinal last weekend. [FULL TEXT]


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