Emulate O’Brien
Finally, there is a public official and politician who makes perfect sense in the great state-car war. Well, actually Pat O’Brien is the second one, after Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.[FULL TEXT]

Candidate's bankruptcy
Who cannot feel some sympathy for Rick Crawford, whose race for Congress in east Arkansas, including Lonoke County, unlocked some unfortunate past – that he had run up a lot of credit as a young man and got the government to relieve him of the debt? It happens to too many of us.[FULL TEXT]

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. 18, 2010

Performing an educational spin on the lyrics to “Margaritaville” for Cabot School District teachers Monday morning at Cabot Junior High School North are (from left) assistant superintendent Jim Dalton, Arkansas Activities Association assistant director Joe Walters and Superintendent Tony Thurman singing with shaker.

Cabot teachers celebrate
IN SHORT: Dr. Tony Thurman, the superintendent of Cabot schools, was – by his own admission – outside his comfort zone Monday morning as he donned a Hawaiian-print shirt and rattled an assortment of percussion instruments as he tried to sing along with a variation of the classic “Margaritaville” that described what going back to school is like for teachers. [FULL TEXT]

Hopson hopes he’ll find unity
IN SHORT: New Pulaski County Special School District Superintendent Charles Hopson on Monday night laid out the limits of his authority and that of the board, referring to his role as that of chief operating officer as related to teaching, learning and operations. [FULL TEXT]

District, teachers continue to battle
IN SHORT: Pulaski County Special School District’s teachers will vote on proposed personnel-policy changes today, but the district’s teachers’ union late yesterday afternoon filed yet another lawsuit against the district, according to its attorney Clayton Blackstock. [FULL TEXT]

The Greens at North Hills reopened as a public course in the spring after being closed for two and a half years. The former Sylvan Hills Country Club is one of two sites in Arkansas named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Listing honors North Hills
IN SHORT: The revamped Greens at North Hills golf course in Sherwood has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Frances McSwain said.[FULL TEXT]

Red Devils’ Russell says team is on track
IN SHORT: The Jacksonville Red Devils may be tired of hitting each other, but they’re finding out a lot about themselves in the process. [FULL TEXT]

Tickets made available for Jacksonville-Cabot
IN SHORT: Tickets are now available for the Aug. 31 Jacksonville-Cabot Arkansas High School Kickoff Classic game at War Memorial Stadium. FULL TEXT]

Hatcher finds new equation
IN SHORT: Terrod Hatcher knew math was in his future.[FULL TEXT]

Panthers’ personnel feel pain
IN SHORT: Cabot coach Mike Malham would like to start hitting opponents before he runs out of players. [FULL TEXT]

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