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 24, 2007

Second Lt. Kelly George, deputy chief of public affairs at Little Rock Air Force Base, competed in the Miss USA Pageant Friday night at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. The pageant aired live on NBC-TV. George was selected Miss Arkansas USA in Hot Springs on Oct. 28. Rachel Smith, Miss Tennessee, was crowned Miss USA.

Holman successor sought
IN SHORT: Cabot School District is eager to find a successor for the departing superintendent and has set a salary range for the new chief between $135,000-$175,000. [FULL TEXT]

Job in Lincoln an $80,000 cut
IN SHORT: Dr. Frank Holman, the outgoing superintendent of the Cabot School District, is so popular in the Lincoln School District — where he’s returning as superintendent at a vastly reduced salary — that a technology center is named after him at the high school. [FULL TEXT]

$517,000 payment will keep bank out
IN SHORT: Bank of the Ozarks agrees to stay out of Jacksonville and sell its Main Street lot to First Arkansas Bank after a lengthy lawsuit. [FULL TEXT]

Is course feasible for town?
IN SHORT: The city council will fund a feasibility study to look into the possible purchase of North Hills Country Club before it is turned into a subdivision. [FULL TEXT]

Former chief is tied to drug sales
IN SHORT: Convict says he sold crack cocaine for former Lonoke Police Chief Jay Campbell as jury hears taped conversations of Kelly. [FULL TEXT]



Cabot shortstop Sam Bates holds a runner on during the Panthers loss to Bryant Thursday evening at Cabot High.

Panthers beat LR Central, fall in seventh to Hornets
IN SHORT: The Cabot baseball team held the Tigers scoreless, but gave up three runs in the last inning to fall to the Hornets in a pair of 7A-Central matchups this week. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot ladies top Bryant
IN SHORT: The Lady Panther softball team stayed perfect in league play with wins over Central and Bryant this week. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Red Devils rip through Mountain Home twice
IN SHORT: Jacksonville’s fastpitch team routed the Lady Bombers twice Thursday evening in Baxter County. [FULL TEXT]


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