AG&FC run amok
A cartoon by the late great George Fisher in the Arkansas Gazette put the state Game and Fish Commission atop Mount Olympus and observed that the commission answered only to God. The wildlife agency was installed in the state Constitution nearly 70 years ago on the theory that it needed protecting from the governor and the other conniving politicians, those in the state legislature. [FULL TEXT]

Wrong way for NLR
We have no interest but neighborly goodwill in the deal that Mayor Patrick Henry Hays has been trying for two years to put together with a developer who is supposed to one day produce a new hotel and parking deck for downtown North Little Rock.[FULL TEXT]

Health care report card
With health-care reform, the good news is nearly always in the bad news. Each independent analysis of the new law that will eventually extend insurance to nearly everyone is treated as a doomsday report of rising costs to individuals, businesses and the government. But at bottom they tend to show just the opposite. [FULL TEXT]

How to tax natural gas
Five years have lapsed since the beginning of the great rush to develop the vast reserves of shale gas in the hills north of us and two years since the state levied a little tax to reserve some of the vast profits from the gas for the people of Arkansas and repair the environmental and infrastructure damage the drilling rampage was causing and was sure to cause in magnifying volumes in the future. [FULL TEXT]

POWs recall their
World War ordeal

The former POWs who were shot down over Romania during the Second World War arrived at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History in their tour bus a little after 11 a.m. Thursday. [FULL TEXT]

Annexation plan: Many in area say they're against it
People who live north of Jacksonville near Hwy. 67/167 met at a church Monday evening to fight the city’s plan to annex the area.[FULL TEXT]

Lighthouse plans to build middle and high schools
The headline in Saturday’s Leader: “Cabot schools about to hit 10,000.”[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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Sept. 18, 2010

Alonzo Watson, 20, turns his head as he is escorted into the Jacksonville Police Department Wednesday.

Redraw PCSSD, group asks
IN SHORT: Jacksonville school district proponents ask state education director for help, citing district’s failures. [FULL TEXT]

POWs recall their World War ordeal
IN SHORT: The former POWs who were shot down over Romania during the Second World War arrived at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History in their tour bus a little after 11 a.m. Thursday. [FULL TEXT]

Mayor: Give us district
IN SHORT: Jacksonville questions validity of school board numbers on support. [FULL TEXT]

Volunteer firefighters’ alert system is broken
IN SHORT: Several departments are affected, but Lonoke County Quorum Court seeks remedy.[FULL TEXT]

Cabot defenders converge on Springdale Har-Ber ball carrier Preston Pianato at Panther Stadium on Friday night. Har-Ber scored touchdowns on its first three possessions to take a lead that Cabot couldn’t overcome as the Panthers, of the 7A/6A-East, concluded non-conference action in their home opener.

Har-Ber a handful for Cabot
IN SHORT: Nationally ranked Wildcats survive scrappy effort by Panthers thanks to big first half. [FULL TEXT]

Warriors stop Falcons short of end zone
IN SHORT: Field goal all North Pulaski can get from LR Christian. [FULL TEXT]

Eagles bruise Badgers behind ground game
IN SHORT: Vilonia content to keep ball in hands of backs. [FULL TEXT]

Red Devils’ balancing act beats Trojans
IN SHORT: Jacksonville gets 205 yards in the air and 238 on the ground to win. [FULL TEXT]

Patriots roll over Bears on big night from back
IN SHORT: McClendon scores four rushing touchdowns to lead LR Parkview past Sylvan Hills..[FULL TEXT]



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