Teachers in charge
The Pulaski County Special School District board’s support for detaching a standalone Jacksonville/north Pulaski County school district may be the first casualty of the unions’ recent success in replacing its opponents with supporters on the school board. [FULL TEXT]

Low point for democracy
Mark it down. The fourth week of September 2010 delineated the lowest point of statesmanship in American history, when the narrow objectives of political parties replaced the public good altogether. [FULL TEXT]

Character vs. deceit
Tim Griffin, who seems to be coasting to a seat in the House of Representatives from central Arkansas, must have blanched when he saw that the W. H. Bowen School of Law at Little Rock had invited five of the fired Republican U. S. attorneys to come discuss the politicization of the Justice Department. Griffin is running as a new face who is going to Washington to clean it up.[FULL TEXT]

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]

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. 25, 2010

Fair time in Lonoke
Lonoke High School student Jaclyn Harris smiles as she marches downtown with the school’s flag line on Thursday in the Lonoke County Fair parade.

Hopson upbeat after years of strife
IN SHORT: Superintendent says he can work with new board members and union, as well as legislators who want accountability.[FULL TEXT]

Going digital, despite critics
IN SHORT: Although much maligned, PCSSD relies on new technology for efficiency.[FULL TEXT]

Budget is $69.3M for Cabot schools
IN SHORT: District has $6.1 million surplus, will spend nearly $2 million more. [FULL TEXT]

Mayor wants ’70s growth
IN SHORT: Expansion will mean better services, but critics are not convinced. [FULL TEXT]

D’Vone McClure (5) caught one touchdown pass and rushed for another score as Jacksonville beat Mountain Home 26-2 at Jan Crow Stadium on Thursday.

Devils prevail in prime time
IN SHORT: Defense keeps Bombers out of end zone while offense strikes with short-pass game in league opener. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Falcons take five-game thriller to earn league victory
IN SHORT: North Pulaski rallied from deficits in second and third games to take overall lead from Central Arkansas Christian and dominated last game. [FULL TEXT]

’Dogs, backs batter Bears
IN SHORT: White Hall gets strong effort from rushers while Sylvan Hills can’t capitalize on late scoring chance. [FULL TEXT]

Lonoke unbeaten after furious finish
IN SHORT: Onside kick key to Jackrabbits’ rally past Paragould in league opener. [FULL TEXT]



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