Altes' bill not needed
Madness begets madness. In the wake of the massacre at Tucson, in which a congresswoman was mortally wounded, six people were murdered and 12 others were wounded, the drive is on in Arizona and other places to arm more people in the public venues. The idea is that if everyone is carrying a weapon, no one is likely to get hurt. They tested the theory in the Wild, Wild West, and it did not work so well.

How do we grow?
Warren Stephens, the head of the financial powerhouse Stephens, Inc., outlined a new growth strategy—new in these parts anyway—for Arkansas’ municipal leaders. They should go to states that are in unusually deep distress in this long economic slump and pick off some big companies. [FULL TEXT]

Improve our roads
As usual, taxes were a major subtext when the Arkansas General Assembly convened yesterday and all the elected state officers took their oaths to follow the Constitution. But, as it has been under Gov. Mike Beebe, it was more about cutting taxes than raising them. [FULL TEXT]

Ex-Stax chief still has soul
Al Bell, the former Stax Records executive, is back in the spotlight with a new Web site, All Bell Presents American Soul Music, where you can hear classic Stax artists and new soul singers who are keeping the Memphis sound alive. [FULL TEXT]

Minihan: No break
for wing since 9/11
Col. Mike Minihan, commander of the 19th Airlift Wing, sent off 40 airmen and a couple of C-130s into combat before the storm hit last weekend. [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.

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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Jan. 22, 2011

Deployees Returndeployees return

Capt. James Wilson (above, center) is first off the bus Thursday as more than 200 deployees return from Iraq to Little Rock Air Force Base. Right, Cori Vehlies, 11, welcomes home her father, Master Sgt. James Vehlies.

No drama for Cypert at meeting
IN SHORT: New Cabot mayor adopts a low-key approach while taking care of the city’s business. [FULL TEXT]

Lawmakers get down to business
IN SHORT: Williams and Dismang, the area’s newest senators, and their colleagues are in their second week at the Capitol. [FULL TEXT]

Groups hold unity meeting
IN SHORT: Mayor, chamber, advertising-promotion group try to decide who pays for what. [FULL TEXT]

Darin Jones handles the ball for Cabot during a game last month. Cabot struggled at the free throw line on Friday night but the Panthers got the shots they needed to beat North Little Rock and take their first 7A-Central Conference victory.

Panthers finally find range
IN SHORT: Cabot makes free throws fall in fourth quarter after struggling at line most of night. [FULL TEXT]

Red Devils beat Lions, take victory in 6A-East
IN SHORT: Jacksonville evens its record in conference action in first road trip of 2011 league schedule. [FULL TEXT]

Bears go to head of pack this time
IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills makes bid to be contender in 5A-Southeast as it takes first two games with group performance. [FULL TEXT]

Jackrabbits start quickly but fall short
IN SHORT: Heber Springs comes to life late in first quarter to overtake Lonoke and win league meeting Friday. [FULL TEXT]

On the surface, facilities looking screwy
IN SHORT: The word tradition is frequently used in sports for a reason — because sports fans honor and respect tradition. [FULL TEXT]

Heber Springs gets a hand, tops Lonoke
IN SHORT: Lady Panthers get points from others to beat Lady ’Rabbits, stay perfect in conference. [FULL TEXT]



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