The Leader

Huckabee a pauper
If like us you are obsessively following the national maneuverings for signs that Arkansas will raise another native son to the presidency of the United States, this has not been a good week. [FULL TEXT]

Traumatic loss
A teen-age boy who plow-ed into a car while riding his skateboard in Little Rock last week suffered a head injury that was so severe he might have died or been permanently impaired but luckily the trauma unit of Arkansas Children’s Hospital was only minutes away. [FULL TEXT]

The Judiciary Committees of the state House of Repre-sentatives and state Senate should make the honor roll for killing dangerous legislation.

Surplus trough
With almost $1 billion in surplus funds piled up in the state treasury, you knew that it was not going to be pretty watching lawmakers, the governor and their key constituencies fight over the lagniappe.

Integrity counts
If none of his superiors at the Department of Justice understood it, Bud Cummins at least knew the majestic principle that was at stake in the purge of U.S. attorneys who were not deemed to be “loyal Bushies,” in the immortal words of one of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s lieutenants. [FULL TEXT]

Ignoring pollution
Here is a truly baffling idea for the state watchdog agency on the environment: Ignore every anonymous complaint about pollution of Arkansas waters, air and land. [FULL TEXT]


You cannot judge a book by its cover
The cover of Elizabeth Jacoway’s book on the Central High School integration crisis reproduces one of the most famous photos of the civil rights era. [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.
















April 4 , 2007

Dena Hallum, 5, gives the Easter Bunny a hug during the Easter egg hunt held at the Jacksonville Community Center Saturday. Although it rained, the egg hunt was moved inside the center and many children still collected eggs.

Campbell defense will start Thursday
IN SHORT: Former firefighter testified Tuesday that he was the fall guy in a meth-manufacturing conspiracy designed to find a fugitive friend who ran out on a $130,000 bond. [FULL TEXT]

Bondsmen face murder charges
IN SHORT: As the corruption trial of Bobby Junior Cox and Jay and Kelly Campbell raced toward chaos Monday, Special Judge John Cole applied the brakes, granting attorney John Wesley Hall’s motion for a mistrial in Cox’s case and severing Cox’s trial from that of the Campbells. [FULL TEXT]

Change orders may not get paid
IN SHORT: Cabot City Council budget committee tried to decide Monday night whether or not $100,000 spent on construction changes were properly handled. [FULL TEXT]

Lincoln plans vote for farm subsidies
IN SHORT: Senator tells farmers in Lonoke that she understands their concerns over imported catfish and high production costs and vowed to help them all she can. [FULL TEXT]

Sherwood hiring golf expert
IN SHORT: Consultant tells committee that the North Hills Country Club could become a profitable entity for the city. [FULL TEXT]



Lonoke second baseman Charlie Scott tags a Lutheran runner in the top of the fourth inning during the Jackrabbits’ two-game sweep of the Lions Monday in Lonoke.

LR Lutheran easy for Lonoke
IN SHORT: The Jackrabbit baseball team got a 4A-2 sweep of the Lions Monday evening, winning two shutouts 10-0 and 14-0. [FULL TEXT]

Hardball Badgers pound on Panthers
IN SHORT: Beebe’s baseball team returned from spring break with a big offensive showing and a 12-8 win over Heber Springs Monday night at Beebe High. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Badgers win three in 'Rumble'
IN SHORT: The Beebe fastpitch softball team went 3-2 and took fourth place in a tournament in Van Buren over the weekend. [FULL TEXT]


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