Blanche vs. Boozman
Were it not for the little matter of party labels it would be hard to find two members of Congress more intimately yoked in philosophy, style and records than Senator Blanche Lincoln and Representative John Boozman, who find themselves uncomfortably paired against each other in the U. S. Senate race. [FULL TEXT]

Broadway our choice
The most useless job in Arkansas is that of lieutenant governor, followed in rank order by his employees. But we spend a lot of money, effort and vain emotion every four years electing him because, potentially, whom we elect can make a little difference.[FULL TEXT]

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. 30, 2010

Great pumpkin!
Jessica Vaughn (front, from left), Kobe Heagerty, Chase Terry, Simon Reid, Elijah Hans (back row), Payton Leffingwell, Jordan Jones, Katherine Judy and Sheraz Mukhtar show off pumpkins they made in gifted and talented specialist Kim Thompson’s class at Northside Elementary School in Cabot. The students, in grades first through fourth, did a study of the book “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” by Charles Schultz and designed pumpkins to match their favorite characters.

Allegiance offers $8M for hospital
IN SHORT: Allegiance Health Management, the firm that has operated North Metro Medical Center in Jacksonville under a management agreement, is buying the hospital for about $8.3 million, which would go mostly toward retiring the bond debt on the city-owned hospital. [FULL TEXT]

Two men are facing charges after fight
IN SHORT: Two of the men involved in an altercation Monday night following the forum for mayoral candidates have been charged with the misdemeanor offense of disorderly conduct. FULL TEXT]

Candidates’ final pitch?
IN SHORT: Sen. Blanche Lincoln, who is winding down her Senate campaign far behind Rep. John Boozman, stopped by the Bar-B-Que Shack on Wednesday for the Jacksonville Lions Club meeting, shaking hands and making a last-ditch effort to salvage her troubled political career. [FULL TEXT]

Aldermen candidates share perspectives and goals
Only four of Cabot’s City Council seats have more than one candidate and in one of those contested seats, the candidate has said she won’t serve if elected. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville’s Erin Davis (63), D.J. Harrison (82) and Terry Gause (49) gang up to bring down West Memphis quarterback Aaron Collins on Friday.

Blue Devils bump Red Devil
IN SHORT: Jacksonville closed the gap on West Memphis, just not all the way Friday night. [FULL TEXT]

Lady Devils exit tourney
IN SHORT: BENTON — Jacksonville’s strong start did not hold up against the Texarkana Lady Razorbacks in the first round of the 6A state volleyball tournament Tuesday. [FULL TEXT]

Panthers outlast Pointers, get help from turnovers
IN SHORT: Cabot won a shootout at Van Buren on Friday night and kept its 7A/6A-Central Conference championship hopes alive. [FULL TEXT]

Taylor’s big night big boost to Beebe
IN SHORT: Colby Taylor did not disappoint on Beebe’s senior night. [FULL TEXT]

Throwing the book at history
IN SHORT: I just finished reading a great sports book. [FULL TEXT]

Ricebirds overcome Jackrabbits
IN SHORT: Lonoke’s season of missed opportunities continued on Friday with a 16-7 road loss to Stuttgart. [FULL TEXT]



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