Huckabee vs. Barbour
Hoping to fortify his credentials as the next Southern hope for the Republican Party, our neighboring governor, Haley Barbour of Mississippi, gave an extensive interview this month to the Weekly Standard, the conservative Washington journal that catapulted Sarah Palin into the national limelight and did so much for Texas Governor George W. Bush. [FULL TEXT]

Bureaucrats flying high
Is it the parlous economic times, a sudden zeal by the media to expose misconduct, or something else? We have had an epidemic of chutzpah in public agencies of central Arkansas this year. Self-serving bureaucrats and, in a couple of cases, their boards fed themselves riotously at the trough of the public treasury and got caught at it, either by a newspaper or state auditors. [FULL TEXT]

President Huckabee?
If Mike Huckabee is elected president, a prospect that is not so remote as it once was, he will have followed the most circuitous path ever. We mean that no one has ever come down, decisively, on both sides of so many issues.
[FULL TEXT]

PSC moves on efficiency
We don’t get many chances to compliment the state Public Service Commission, which regulates Arkansas’ investor-owned utilities and cooperatives, but today we give the commissioners a medium-sized salute. [FULL TEXT]


Regulators do their job
We-Never-Thought-We’d-Live-to-See-the-Day Dept.: An Arkansas regulatory agency leads the nation in oversight of a polluting industry. [FULL TEXT]

Brief history of a motto
We were afraid of something like this. Rep. John Boozman is yet a few weeks away from becoming United States senator from Arkansas and he is already entangled in foolishness. He joined a group of fringe lawmakers in writing and widely circulating a letter to President Obama protesting his reference to “E Pluribus Unum” as the national motto. [FULL TEXT]

From this poor little girl, special request for Santa
(This is a reprint of a previous Christmas column.) 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.[FULL TEXT]

Base could depend on Snyder as real friend
Rep. Vic Snyder, a Democrat who is retiring from Congress at the end of the year, is getting some heat from Republicans for wasting time on the House floor to praise this community’s support of Little Rock Air Force Base. [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.
[FULL TEXT]

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.
[FULL TEXT]

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.
[FULL TEXT]

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.
[FULL TEXT]

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.
[FULL TEXT]

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.
[FULL TEXT]

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?
[FULL TEXT]

 

 

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Dec. 25, 2010

Special delivery from the North Pole
Santa waves from a C-130 as it taxis to a parking spot, bringing presents to children of deployed airmen from the 53rd Airlift Squadron.

State Police probe fatality
IN SHORT: Jacksonville driver kills a Sherwood woman on Hwy. 67/167 in a freak accident. [FULL TEXT]

2010 starts with ice, earthquake, turmoil
IN SHORT: This is the first of a five-part series looking back at 2010. The first four parts will take a quarterly trip through the year, followed by the Leader’s top ten stories of the year. [FULL TEXT]

Sherwood asks budget input
IN SHORT: Mayor Hillman sets out several improvement projects for next year. [FULL TEXT]

Left, Cabot senior linebacker Riley Hawkins, seen here against Bryant in a conference game, logged 110 tackles to lead the Panthers’ defense during the 2010 football season and is our defensive player of the year. Right, Harding Academy senior quarterback Seth Keese, seen here against Bald Knob in the first round of the 3A state football playoffs, combined for 3,550 yards to earn our offensive player of the year honor.

On the defensive
IN SHORT: Cabot linebacker Riley Hawkins earns Leader defensive player of the year with 110 tackles this year. [FULL TEXT]

On the offensive
IN SHORT: Harding Academy senior quarterback Seth Keese, seen here against Bald Knob in the first round of the 3A state football playoffs, combined for 3,550 yards to earn our offensive player of the year honor. [FULL TEXT]

Classic trophy not going far
IN SHORT:
Jacksonville wins its own Red Devil Classic over rival North Pulaski in low-scoring affair. [FULL TEXT]

Hoping all find cheer under tree
IN SHORT: I’ve always felt a sportswriter who falls back on the old holiday gifts column idea is simply a writer who has run out of important things to say. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville restores life to tourney
IN SHORT: Red Devil Classic revamped with earlier start time and full brackets on both sides. [FULL TEXT

 

 

 

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