The Leader

Huckabee has bad week
What a week this was going to be for Mike Huckabee, our native presidential aspirant: Another televised national debate that would allow him to demonstrate his charm and wit against the grim Republican field, a big speech at the National Press Club, another big Washington fund-raiser with national lobbying interests that would fatten his anemic campaign cupboard.

Why we’re paying more
If you buy your electricity from Entergy you will be pleased to know that beginning this month you will help pay the light bills every month for nearly 2 million people and businesses in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Huck’s tax falls flat
If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. In a political campaign, make that always.

Griffin out, but issue stays
J. Timothy Griffin chose to quit Friday as United States attorney for the eastern district of Arkansas, five months after he should have and four months before he had to.

Will legislators still do right?
For the first time in 15 years, Arkansas is not under a court order to improve its schools or the prospect of such an order. [FULL TEXT]


Next move may be up to federal prosecutor
When the FBI completes its public-corruption probe into former Cabot Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh’s administration, interim U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin in Little Rock could be the one who decides whether to file charges against Stumbaugh and his cronies.

How city wiped out vet’s investment
A veteran of Vietnam, Iraq and the former Yugoslavia, Jim Eggert bought two commercial buildings in Jacksonville, but the closing of the Graham Road rail crossing killed business. He’s put his property up for sale, but he’ll have to take a huge loss.

Famed photographer had roots in area
If you turn off Hwy. 5 at Cabot near the freeway and drive down Cleland Road for less than a mile, you’ll come to Mt. Pleasant Road.

U.S. prosecutor demoted over bullying e-mail
Witness in Campbell trial used his government computer and official title to try to intimidate newspaper with threat of a $50 million libel suit and takeover of The Leader.

Why didn’t feds take this case?
You may have wondered while you were following the corruption trial of Jay and Kelly Campbell in Lonoke County why the U.S. attorney’s office in Little Rock didn’t prosecute the couple, along with two shady bail bondsmen, who will be tried later.

Politics at local level rough, just ask mayor
“All politics is local.”
— Thomas “Tip” O’Neill,
— longtime Speaker of the House
The political pros know that voters are more passionate about local issues than about national politics, even in time of war.

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]

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]

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]












June 9, 2007

Sherryl Miller, left, visits with Lawanna Jensen and her granddaughters, Journey and Jaiden Stahlman, Thursday at the Lonoke County Museum, 215 S. E. Front St. in Lonoke. Miller is executive director at the museum.

Documenting Lonoke County
IN SHORT: The history of Lonoke County, its past activities and the lives of its citizens is a constantly changing and challenging scene. Much has been discarded, hidden away in attics and forgotten or lost by fires and other disasters. [FULL TEXT]

Group poised for growth
IN SHORT: The 463rd AG at Little Rock Air Force Base will double in size with more people and missions, says commander. [FULL TEXT]

Who eats crow after decision on funds?
IN SHORT: In-laws get together for victuals even though they’re on opposing sides of funding issue, but latest Supreme Court decision overturning old method of funding local projects won’t affect library. [FULL TEXT]

Small city sees itself marching forward
IN SHORT: Even before the anticipated second I-40 interchange at Lonoke,town leaders say new businesses are a good indicator of growth. [FULL TEXT]

Safe Haven seeks donations to continue mission
IN SHORT: Lonoke County group houses battered women and their children, but costs continue to rise. [FULL TEXT]


A batter for Jacksonville Youth Baseball Association’s Jacinto Lodge takes a swing during a game last Thursday. The JYBA released the names of its 2007 All-Star tournament teams on Tuesday. Players on these teams will compete in regional and state tournaments later this summer.

Cabot AAA gets first win over SH Bruins
IN SHORT: The American Legion Post 71 team knocked off Sylvan Hills 8-3 Wednesday at CHS. The Class A team also won 6-2, rounding out a sweep of the Zone 2 foes. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville can’t get hits against Cogswell
IN SHORT: Several hard-hit balls failed to find the gaps as Gwatney AAA fell to Russellville 2-1 Thursday at Dupree Park. The A team dropped its second straight game to Benton 6-4 at home Tuesday. [FULL TEXT]

Bears staying busy through summer
IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills will be well acquainted with its new head coach by the time the fall football season arrives. [FULL TEXT]

Former Jacksonville assistant named head coach
IN SHORT: Wayne Herren had interim removed from his title at Oak Grove High School. [FULL TEXT]


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