Crawford vs. Causey
Rick Crawford greatly simplified the race for United States representative in the First District. He made it about truthfulness, but it was not to his advantage. [FULL TEXT]

High court race
Voters will choose a justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court at the general election, and it is hard to see how they can go wrong.  Judge Karen Baker of the Arkansas Court of Appeals and Judge Tim Fox, a circuit judge in Pulaski County, are splendid judges with such deep experience on both ends of the gavel that they should not diminish the quality of judgment by the state’s highest court. [FULL TEXT]

Another term
for Gov. Beebe
Arkansas at rare times has had a visionary governor, a brilliant governor or a governor passionately committed to reform, and it has had three dozen chief executives of whom it could be said simply that they served their time and moved on. [FULL TEXT]

O'Brien gets Leader's vote
Sometimes the local boy really is the superlative candidate, not just the favorite son for whom support is obligatory. Pat O’Brien has about the best credentials one could have for secretary of state, and he also is lucky in his opponent, perhaps the state legislature’s leading abuser of the public trust. [FULL TEXT]

Why it's Joyce Elliott
Tim Griffin, the Republican candidate for the U. S. House of Representatives, deflects questions about what he has done the past 15 years by saying that he wants to talk about the future, not the past. It is a clever riposte. Who does not prefer to talk about the future? [FULL TEXT]

A fun-filled weekend
You could go to a half-dozen places last weekend and still not catch all the excitement around the state, and that’s not counting the Razorbacks football game against Texas A&M in Cowboys Stadium. [FULL TEXT]

Limiting state cars
Is Mike Beebe a good governor or a just a good politician, or is there a difference? He turns every controversy into a good-government lesson. [FULL TEXT]

Reassessing exemptions
The state Constitution says you can’t do it. A 60-year-old statute says you can’t do it. A good case can be made that the U. S. Constitution prohibits it.[FULL TEXT]

Our error given wide circulation
We’ve received lots of calls, comments and complaints over an error in Wednesday’s paper about a Christmas program in Cabot. [FULL TEXT]

Comparing pardons
by governor

Did you see Gov. Beebe’s latest list of pardons? Last week, he announced his intent to pardon a handful of small-time criminals, emphasis on small-time. [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. 23, 2010

Sen. Bobby Glover (third from left), Sen. Mark Pryor, Bayou Meto District president Gary Canada, Rep. Marion Berry and Maj. D. Craig Hamilton of the Army Corps of Engineers break ground Friday for the $614 million water project in Lonoke County.

Big water project to get under way
IN SHORT: Gene Sullivan was so like a new dad at the groundbreaking Friday for the first Bayou Meto Basin Project pump station near Scott that he should have passed out cigars. [FULL TEXT]

Mayoral candidates cite stance on issues
IN SHORT: On Tuesday, Nov. 2, Cabot will elect a new mayor from among three candidates.FULL TEXT]

Mobster in Cabot waits for sentence
IN SHORT: The Cabot man connected to the New York Mafia who was indicted for a multitude of crimes more than a year ago was convicted in federal court last week, along with a Colombo Family street boss on three of those charges. [FULL TEXT]

City looks to appease rural residents
In a relatively quiet meeting Thursday, the Jacksonville City Council made about a half-dozen changes, then passed the ordinance overseeing the area north of town planned for annexation if it’s approved by the voters Nov. 2. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot tight end Jesse Roberts carries the ball in the Panthers’ 7A/6A-Central conference victory over Bryant at Panther Stadium on Friday night.

Panthers’ pass pops Hornets
IN SHORT: A few players were hurting but Cabot was feeling no pain Friday night. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Red Devils grab final spot in state bracket
IN SHORT: The Jacksonville Lady Red Devils are state tournament bound for the fourth straight year. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot volleyball sneaks its way in
IN SHORT: The jumbling of 6A and 7A conferences played to Cabot’s benefit once the points were tabulated. [FULL TEXT]

Falcons grab victory, put finish to skid
IN SHORT: The battle of the embattled winless teams went to North Pulaski in a 38-13 blowout over Crossett Friday at Falcon Stadium. [FULL TEXT]

Red Devils stop Patriots, take win
IN SHORT: Jacksonville continued its football revival Friday night. [FULL TEXT]

Second-half outburst lifts Beebe in blowout
IN SHORT: A shootout turned into a rout at Bro Irwin Stadium in Beebe Friday night, as the Badgers ran away from Greene County Tech in the second half to take a 57-27 victory and stay undefeated in the 5A-East Conference. [FULL TEXT]



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