Candidates against pork
Utter the words “earmarks,” “federal spending” or “pork barrel” and everyone’s blood pressure rises, which accounts for some irrational political behavior in 2010. Sensing the great public concern about the mushrooming national debt and the anger over absurd earmarks like the Alaskan “Bridge to Nowhere,” the Republican leadership in Congress recommends that the party’s candidates this year vow not to do earmarks for their districts or states.[FULL TEXT]

High hopes for Hopson
“I am an agent for change,” Charles Hopson said when he came from Portland, Ore., to interview for the PCSSD superintendent’s job in February, and since his hire, he’s done nothing to dissuade us. [FULL TEXT]

Hire a good lawyer
Everyone stands equal before the law, as we all know, but if you can hire an expensive attorney you stand a little taller. [FULL TEXT]

Good food for kids
It was one small blip on the national news, one giant blip in the career of Blanche Lincoln — or maybe not. It was the Senate’s passing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the chief sponsor of which was Sen. Lincoln, who is in a steeply uphill climb for re-election. [FULL TEXT]

J’Accuse: Smearing
of general

Air Force Gen. John D. Lavelle, who died more than 30 years ago, after he was falsely accused of insubordination, is a four-star general again. [FULL TEXT]

Petraeus salutes
camp liberators

It was 65 years ago Monday that Beryl Wolfson helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp in southeastern Germany.

Marker recalls fire at Twist

There's finally a marker honoring B.B. King in Twist in Cross County, where the great blues singer escaped from a fire at nightclub with his guitar and named it Lucille.

Justice Jim fought tough final battle
Arkansas bloggers were the first with the news of Justice Jim Johnson’s suicide over the weekend. The local TV news on Sunday ignored his passing, probably because no one in the newsroom knew who he was. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot man in raid
on POW camp in 1970
Mst. Sgt. Paul Poole, who helped to liberate Americans from a Vietnamese prison camp, died last week. [FULL TEXT]

Trial could get Muhammad
his death wish

Last June, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad killed a soldier from Conway and injured another soldier from Jacksonville in front of a recruiting station in Little Rock.

What a little girl asked
from Santa

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.

Tuskegee legend
at holiday reception

A tall elderly man stood in a far corner in a large banquet room at Little Rock Air Force Base on Sunday afternoon during the holiday reception hosted by the wing commanders.

Gas shut off
as hospital bills pile up

A couple in Beebe have been without heat for several months after the natural-gas company took out their meter because they were not paying their bills.

Huckabee our worst governor?
Who is Arkansas’ worst governor? Is it Orval Faubus, who defied federal authorities i in 1957, when he wouldn’t allow nine black students to attend Central High School in Little Rock? He brought shame and ridicule on the whole state, but at least no one was killed. Or is Mike Huckabee our worst governor ever?



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Aug. 14, 2010

Teachers get ready
Jacksonville Elementary School principal Sonya Whitfield (front) reviews instructions for Friday’s “Amazing Race” competition, which seeks support from local businesses.

Wing boss given new challenge
IN SHORT: When Col. C.K. Hyde relinquishes command of the 314th Air Education Wing to Col. Mark Czelusta on Aug. 20, he’s headed to Randolph Air Force Base at San Antonio, where he will serve as deputy director of intelligence, operations and nuclear integration for flying training. [FULL TEXT]

School bell rings earlier and later
IN SHORT: Pulaski County Special School Dis-trict elementary students will now start their school day later than they did last year, while middle school and high school students will start earlier. [FULL TEXT]

City officials visit Ft. Smith for ideas
IN SHORT: On a bus heading for Fort Smith on Thursday, Jacksonville leaders looked for ways to rebuild their city’s blighted areas from the ground up. [FULL TEXT]

Coach Mike Malham and his Cabot Panthers are among many 7A/6A teams which have to adjust to a new playoff system.

Teams face new opponents as conferences change
IN SHORT: It remains to be seen which area football teams are still standing by the time the state playoffs roll around, but it’s clear those in the 7A/6A classifications are going to have to brush up on their math to find out where they rank. [FULL TEXT]

Raiders add some fun to daily routine
IN SHORT: Riverview coach Stuart Hill is not too concerned about his players falling into a routine, as long as improvement is part of that routine. [FULL TEXT]

Lions take their time to prepare for season
IN SHORT: Searcy coach Tim Harper is anxious for the season to start, but by no means in a hurry.[FULL TEXT]

Wildcats looking for more success
IN SHORT: There isn’t much reason to change things at Harding Academy. [FULL TEXT]

Beebe off to strong start for most part
IN SHORT: The good news for Beebe players heading into the second week of August football camp was the Badgers’ daily schedule being cut from two sessions a day to one. [FULL TEXT]

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