More jobs lost here
Another area manufacturing plant is set to close, a victim of a slow economy and cheap foreign competition..

Fraud bites LR attorney
Alvin Clay, a former Little Rock lawyer who served five months in prison for mortgage fraud, gave up his law license the other day to avoid disbarment proceedings before the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Tax holiday wreaks havoc
In the world of tax gimmickry, there is nothing more senseless than the tax holiday. But the Arkansas House of Representatives nevertheless passed a bill creating a sales-tax holiday for school-related merchandise.

Flim-flam politicians
Deceptive retailers who employ the bait-and-switch are pikers compared with politicians, who make it a centerpiece of national policy. Rather than substitute an inferior or more expensive product for the one advertised, as an appliance dealer might do, the politicians use one crisis—say, budget deficits or unemployment—to produce ends that have nothing to do with the crisis.

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. 26, 2011

Mayor Gary Fletcher’s sister, Jennifer Wintz, shares a few embarrassing stories about her big brother at the Jacksonville Senior Center’s annual roast Thursday night. Fletcher (middle), City Engineer Jay Whisker (rear) and state Sen. Eddie Joe Williams (R-Cabot) enjoy the good-natured ribbing.

Mayor Fletcher roasted
IN SHORT: Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher was flame-broiled Thursday night in front of a packed house during the Jacksonville Senior Center’s 16th annual Roast and Toast fundraiser.

New jail to open doors in summer
IN SHORT: Lonoke County JPs try to figure out how to operate the new facility without new tax. [FULL TEXT]

School funds approved for Jacksonville
IN SHORT: U.S. stimulus money could also pay for elementary, middle schools. [FULL TEXT]

National Geographic in Beebe
IN SHORT: One tenth of U.S. blackbirds roost in the White County town. [FULL TEXT]

Terrell Brown (middle) passes for Jacksonville in an easy victory over Searcy.

Appleby dishes versus Searcy ‘D’
IN SHORT: Jacksonville guard comes up big again as Red Devils win easily. [FULL TEXT]

Beebe’s home streak ends
IN SHORT: Wynne survives as Badgers’ last-second shot off mark in first 5A-East Conference loss at home. [FULL TEXT]

Senior girls get sendoff they savor
IN SHORT: Cabot rolls to big victory over Van Buren in final game at home. [FULL TEXT]

Van Buren stands tall, tops Cabot
IN SHORT: Vint’s height helps set up shooters in Pointers runaway victory. [FULL TEXT]

Abundant ladies end good year
IN SHORT: Loss of senior players down the stretch hurts Lady Owls’ chances. [FULL TEXT]

Owls sent home for season
IN SHORT: Lions end the year for Abundant Life a second straight time. [FULL TEXT



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