Earmarks help development
Was that a lot of good news for central Arkansas yesterday? The Little Rock National Airport broke ground for a $50 million expansion and modernization, which Governor Beebe called a shot in the arm for economic development. [FULL TEXT]

Airport needs new manager
Without taking time to pray about it, does this sound a little improper to you, or not? A small private academy with big-time athletic ambitions wants to put an artificial turf in its stadium in the western reaches of Little Rock near Chenal Valley and asks you for a big pledge to get it installed. Your son goes there.  [FULL TEXT]

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]

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. 17, 2010

Helping deployed families
Master Sergeant Jason Ray, a member of the First Sergeants Council at Little Rock Air Force Base, last week accepted 41 food baskets from the Jacksonville-Cabot Real Estate Council to help deployed families. Standing behind him (from left) are board member Robyn Ketchum, treasurer James Reid, board member Kelly Scarborough, vice president Dale Wilson, secretary Lisa Belew and president Crystal Arel.

PCSSD sets goals to meet
IN SHORT: As if the Pulaski County Special School District Board and administration didn’t have enough on its plate, it must prepare for the likelihood that the district will soon be declared unitary and lose much of the $17 million a year it receives in desegregation money from the state, attorney Sam Jones reported at a special meeting Monday.FULL TEXT]

Late students get booted out at JHS
A Pulaski County Special School District official may have cut some corners when suspending about 50 Jacksonville High School students for skipping class or tardiness, he said this week. [FULL TEXT]

Area cities schedule Christmas parades
IN SHORT: Jacksonville, Cabot and Sherwood are making plans for their Christmans parades. FULL TEXT]

Stumbaugh, Cypert trade jabs on debt
IN SHORT: Stubby Stumbaugh is arguably the most colorful mayor to ever fill that office in Cabot. FULL TEXT]


Jacksonville defender Tyler Crook (31) makes a hit against Sheridan in last week’s first-round 6A high school football playoff at Jan Crow Stadium. The Red Devils won 31-7 to advance.












Red Devils find plus in playoffs
Thanks to its latest victory, Jacksonville has an immediate football future. [FULL TEXT]

Senior Hidalgo kicks in when team is in need
Cabot has gotten its share of kicks in its latest winning season. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot’s girls turn up pressure, take win over Lonoke
IN SHORT: The Cabot Lady Panthers put their talented underclassmen and deep bench to work against Lonoke in a 65-32 victory in the first round of the Wendy’s/Baptist Health Invitational at Little Rock Hall High School on Monday. [FULL TEXT]

Panthers, Rebels headed for runoff
IN SHORT: The Cabot Panthers are hoping they haven’t played their last home game. [FULL TEXT]

Wildcats hit home field as Bulldogs board bus
IN SHORT: The second round of the Class 3A state playoffs will have local flavor Friday when Bald Knob travels 12 miles south to play the Harding Academy Wildcats at First Security Stadium. [FULL TEXT]




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