Keep eyes on lottery
Who Would Ever Have Believed It? Department: The first audit of the Arkansas Lottery Commission reveals that the agency ignores state financial rules, feathers the nests of top lottery officials and fattens the pocketbooks of the big gambling contractors. [FULL TEXT]

Mark Darr's bad big idea
An endorsement by the voters, no matter how thin the margin, can do wonders for the ego. Mark Darr, the Springdale pizza-parlor owner, was elected lieutenant governor by the margin of 51-49, but Darr took it as a mandate to take charge. [FULL TEXT]

Rehearing for WM3
At long last, the Arkansas Supreme Court took one small step Thursday toward unraveling the mysteries of the most spectacular Arkansas murder case of our time. The new proceeding ordered by the court will not answer many—perhaps not even one—of the hundreds of questions about the murders of three 8-year-old boys at West Memphis 17 years ago, but it will reverse several injustices. [FULL TEXT]

An historic tidal wave
Tuesday was the third election in a row governed by intense national discontent, and the result was predictably the same. The voters gave the party in power a hearty kick in the seat of the pants. [FULL TEXT]

Panama president
ex-UofA roommate

John Mason, a Jacksonville real estate broker, was in Fayetteville with his wife Ien for homecoming weekend on Oct. 30, when the Razorbacks played Vanderbilt. [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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Nov. 10, 2010

Rhonda Kidder of Malvern stands beside the marker of her son, Marine Sgt. Micheal Yarbrough, who died in Iraq in 2007. He was among those honored at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History.

Sherwood candidates for mayor hit streets
IN SHORT: The battle to head the city of Sherwood is turning into a hard-fought battle with issues confronting both sides in the buildup to the Nov. 23 runoff. FULL TEXT]

PCSSD spends $1.1M on new textbooks, set to order more
IN SHORT: Teachers and parents have complained about students not having textbooks in Pulaski County Special School District schools for months and as recently as Tuesday’s board meeting, but while that may have been true once, it’s no longer the case, school officials say.FULL TEXT]

Cabot alderman runoff is all set
IN SHORT: The runoff for the Cabot Ward 3, Pos. 1 alderman race will be between Richard Cannon and Angie Armstrong Hoschouer on Tuesday, Nov. 23. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot won’t take part in water plan
The board of the Lonoke-White Public Water Authority voted during a three-hour meeting on Tuesday to move ahead with a $55 million project to bring water from Greers Ferry Lake to the central part of the state without Cabot, one of the largest of its 11 members. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot running back Mason James scored two of the Panthers’ four touchdowns on Friday night as Cabot beat Rogers Heritage in a playoff game.

Cabot steamrolls Heritage
When Cabot hung onto the ball, things went pretty well Friday night. [FULL TEXT]

Boasting bushel of basketballers
IN SHORT: It was a quiet first day of the early basketball signing period for area schools. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville rips Sheridan in first-round playoff game
IN SHORT: Big plays on both sides lifted Jacksonville to a 31-7 victory over Sheridan in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs Friday at Jan Crow Stadium. [FULL TEXT]

Alma finishes Beebe’s run
IN SHORT: Beebe had the yards, but Alma had the points Friday night in a 34-14 victory for the Airedales at Bro Irwin Stadium in Beebe. [FULL TEXT]

Scribner takes career forward as new Trojan
IN SHORT: It is likely that Lonoke standout Asiah Scribner won’t get a lot of playing time at UALR this season. [FULL TEXT]



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