Shenanigans at the Ledge
The Revenue and Taxation Committee of the House of Representatives yesterday began the heady process of putting Arkansas into the same fiscal boat with the national government, Texas and a number of other states with ballooning deficits. It endorsed tax cuts that Gov. Beebe has said would wreck the state’s delicately balanced budget.

What after Mubarak?
Hosni Mubarak was a firm U. S. ally in a region where we have precious few friends in high places, but no one in this country, except perhaps Mike Huckabee and Dick Cheney, can feel anything but relief and even a trace of exhilaration at the news that the dictator’s iron rule has finally ended..

A full Nelson
Sheffield Nelson, the former gas-company executive and many-times loser in politics, has always defied labeling, which is a good definition for honorable politician, even if it is not a reliable definition of a successful one.

The Ledge in session
When the legislature has little serious business to tend to, it turns its attention to monkey business. We knew there would be a lot of monkey business in the 88th General Assembly after the tumultuous elections last year, and there seems to be nothing momentous to do this winter but pass Gov. Beebe’s little half-penny reduction in the sales tax on groceries and a tight state budget.

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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Feb. 16, 2011

Downtown Jacksonville gets a facelift
As part of one of the largest beautification projects in Jacksonville in years, the city is installing brick crosswalks at the intersection of Main and James streets. Above, Albert Cerda lays bricks on James Street while drivers pass by. The project, costing nearly $700,000, will include new lighting, crosswalks, traffic and street lights, drainage pipes and more. The project is several months behind..

Cities analyze census data as they set plans
IN SHORT: Even though there was growth in most areas, some expected more. [FULL TEXT]

City eyes state fair land
IN SHORT: Jacksonville officials say the 450-acre site has other possibilities if fair doesn’t come. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville tries smaller annexation
IN SHORT: Businesses along Hwy. 67/167 agree to come into city limits after voters said no. [FULL TEXT]

J.M. Park: He helped build Cabot
IN SHORT: J.M. Park was born by Cesarean section at Baptist Hospital 80 years ago. He died there early Saturday morning from an abdominal bleed that his body was unable to overcome. He was 80. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville’s Raheem Appleby drives against a Little Rock Hall defender during Monday night’s 6A-East Conference victory over the Warriors.

Devils bump Warriors
IN SHORT: Jacksonville boys rally twice, finally lock game up on shot, turnover. [FULL TEXT]

Charging Wildcats edge Panthers
IN SHORT: Cabot cuts it close but can’t overtake NLR in conference game. [FULL TEXT]

LR Hall girls mercy rule Jacksonville
IN SHORT: Lady Warriors’ pressure too tough for the Lady Devils. [FULL TEXT]

NLR rips Cabot girls to extend big winning streak
IN SHORT: Charging Wildcats threaten state record Panthers coach set at Bryant. [FULL TEXT]

New home should fit loyal fans, vice versa
IN SHORT: I had the pleasure recently of visiting the past and glimpsing the future of Cabot High School basketball. [FULL TEXT]



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