Webb files stupid suit
Here is some surprising but wholesome news. Republicans are upset with the head of their party, Doyle Webb, for filing a lawsuit last week against the statewide officers — all Democrats — to make them repay the state for the expense of using a state car going back and forth to work and for personal uses. The suit does not name Mike Huckabee, a Republican, only Democrats, so he would not have to repay the state for his use of state conveyance for 10 years. [FULL TEXT]

Flood study on hold
Sherwood choked on a gnat at its city council meeting Monday night. [FULL TEXT]

Mark Martin a deadbeat
Although he profits from the name, Mark Martin, the Republican candidate for secretary of state, is not the world-class stock-car driver from Batesville. [FULL TEXT]

Berry, Ross switch sides
In the great maelstrom over the federal budget deficits, there are two kinds of congressmen: those who talk about the need to reduce them and those who do something about it. [FULL TEXT]

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]

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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Oct. 6, 2010

Wing Ding festival a success
Chasity Webert (left) shows off  Micco, a Sulfer crested cockatoo, to Wing Ding attendees Joshua Proffitt, 8, Heather Profitt and Kaylan Proffitt, 7. The annual Jacksonville Wing Ding festival was held Saturday at Dupree Park.

City hall meeting marred by arrest
IN SHORT: A disgruntled county resident, upset with Jacksonville’s proposed annexation, was arrested Thursday night at a concerned-citizens committee meeting at city hall. [FULL TEXT]

Causey receives endorsement
IN SHORT: Chad Causey, the Democratic candidate for Congress in the First District, has already been endorsed by his boss, Cong. Marion Berry (D-Ark.) and former President Bill Clinton.[FULL TEXT]

Chamber in Cabot hosts commission
IN SHORT: The Cabot Chamber of Commerce’s state Highway Commission appreciation banquet on Tuesday at First Baptist Church was an occasion to reflect on traffic improvement with the teamwork of city, county and state officials. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot’s Spencer Smith (3) puts his head down and fights for yardage against Little Rock Catholic. Smith gained 104 yards in the Panthers’ victory Friday.

Hurricane storms by Red Devils
IN SHORT: Jacksonville had no answer for Jonesboro running back Zac Brooks, who punished the Red Devil defense and led the Hurricane to a 34-20 victory Friday at Jan Crow Stadium. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot outslugs Catholic in victory
IN SHORT: The Cabot Panthers had trouble stopping the Little Rock Catholic Rockets on Friday, so the Panthers settled for outscoring them. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Falcons take charge
IN SHORT: The addition of new teams from the 5A-West and 5A-East Conferences into the 5A-Southeast has not only put an end to Sylvan Hills’ regular-season domination, it is threatening the Lady Bears’ chances of qualifying for the 5A state volleyball tournament. [FULL TEXT]

Backs bear load for Beebe
IN SHORT: Beebe survived a slugfest on the road Friday to beat Forrest City 41-33 and improve to 2-0 in the 5A-East Conference. [FULL TEXT]

Wildcats get rolling, Falcons fall
IN SHORT: Watson Chapel invaded North Pulaski on Friday night and the Wildcats’ talented trio of Kyle Coleman, Mitch Lane and Aaron Lagrone paved the way to a 59-6 victory. [FULL TEXT]



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