The Leader

Prosecutors in perspective
John Thurston writes from Cabot: “Ernie Dumas went to great lengths describing the firing of eight federal prosecutors by the Bush Justice Dept. Unmentioned is the fact that upon taking office in 1993, Janet Reno, attorney general for President Clinton, fired all 93 federal prosecutors.

Third parties get the shaft
Third parties, which corral the purists of liberal or conservative persuasions, are a nuisance to the major parties.

Disillusioned Republican
Harry E. “Bud” Cummins III was as hardy a Republican as you could find and probably still is although his career in the Grand Old Party is surely over. [FULL TEXT]

U.S. attorney scandal widens
A sheaf of Justice Department memos that arrived on Capitol Hill Monday confirmed what had only been a strong suspicion: The White House intended to fully consolidate the entire federal criminal justice system into its political operation.

Stop attacking payday lenders
To the editor: The recent editorial “Pay-day stooges” is an example of yellow journalism that indicates a clear lack of understanding about the payday industry and its critics. [FULL TEXT]


Terrific music from a favorite label
Robert Bilbo Walker was performing New Year’s Eve at Sarah’s Kitchen, a small eatery in Clarksdale, Miss., playing many of his songs from his old Rooster Blues CDs, “Promised Land” and “Rock the Night: Live in Chicago.” [FULL TEXT]

Good guy decides he won’t run
It must have come as a relief to the already crowded field of presidential candidates when Sen. Chuck Hagel announced Monday he won’t seek the Republican presidential nomination, at least not just yet. [FULL TEXT]

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 21, 2007

Cabot Mayor Eddie Joe Williams inspects work on a bridge Tuesday as a road project connecting Hwy. 5 and Hwy. 89 nears completion with only minor work remaining. The county paid for most of the $1 million, 2.5-mile frontage road, while the city chipped in $250,000.

Cabot road may open by May
IN SHORT: Lonoke County and city cooperated with construction connecting Hwy. 5 and Hwy. 89. [FULL TEXT]

Holman to leave district in Cabot
IN SHORT: District chief accepts old job with Lincoln Consolidated School District in northwest Arkansas, where he was previously superintendent. [FULL TEXT]

Petition drive is moving forward
IN SHORT: Sherwood residents collect signatures seeking a probe of council’s decision to oust mayor’s choice for public works director. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville restaurant tax weighed
IN SHORT: Two- to three-cent levy could net the city’s advertising and promotion panel more than $550,000 a year. [FULL TEXT]

Little opposition to North Belt
IN SHORT: John Dreher and his wife built a large home in a small gated community near Kellogg Acres Road, nestled in a little valley with a wetlands out beyond their backyard. [FULL TEXT]

Defendants showing stress at trial
IN SHORT: The defense in the Lonoke corruption trial will continue its cross-examination Wednesday of a prisoner who is a self-confessed liar. [FULL TEXT]

Soliciting ordinance is repealed
IN SHORT: Aldermen annulled last year’s ordinance regulating solicitors, peddlers and vendors after receiving complaints the law was hurting local scouts and other voluntary groups. [FULL TEXT]



Cabot outfielder Crystal Cox gets one of her three base hits during the Lady Panthers 5-4 win over North Little Rock Friday.

Cabot beats Lady Wildcats
IN SHORT: The Cabot softball team got a run in the last inning to prevail over North Little Rock. [FULL TEXT]

Dedication and life lessons
IN SHORT: Rochel Holder has learned a lot during her time with the Jacksonville athletic program. [FULL TEXT]

Panthers survive 13-inning marathon
IN SHORT: The Cabot baseball team outlasted North Little Rock for a 4-3 win Friday in Cabot.


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