Air Force Thunderbirds make a return to Little Rock Air Force
Base this weekend, when the base celebrates its 50th anniversary.
The Thunderbirds are tentatively scheduled to perform as the
final event on both days of the open house.
crowd expected for variety-filled air showcase
Rock Air Force Base's 50th Anniversary Air Show from 10:30
a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday could be the biggest
ever. The gates open at 8:30 a.m. each day and a full, tentative
schedule features a variety of aerial entertainment.
"In terms of the district's current situation,
the special masters just lit a bright candle in the darkness
called fiscal distress," Pulaski County Special School
District lawyer Sam Jones. [FULL
Attorneys want special session
a report on public school financing now in the state Supreme
Court's hands, attorneys and state officials pondered Tuesday
whether the legislature will be called into special session
to readdress school funding.
gains seen as modest
Air Force on Monday evening told Sen. Blanche Lincoln and
Cong. Vic Snyder that the active-duty side of Little Rock
Air Force Base can expect a net gain of five C-130s and the
Guard side can expect one additional plane as a result of
the final Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission's
recommendations, signed Sept. 9 by President Bush.
officials butting heads over response
tornado that hit the Searcy area last month as a result of
Hurricane Rita was the first disaster that has struck White
County since the quorum court took the dispatch center and
the 911 system away from the sheriff and put it under the
county judge and the Office of Emergency Services.
City spruces up for weekend festival
warm weather helped make Cabot's Fall Cleanup a success for
the more than 200 volunteers who worked Saturday morning to
tidy the town for this weekend's CabotFest. "We didn't
collect as much trash or tires as we normally do," said
Matt Webber of Cabot City Beautiful. "That might mean
we're getting ahead of the litter bugs."
halfback Raul Gault gains big yardage last week during the
Panthers' loss to West Memphis. Cabot goes to Forrest City
Panthers focused on rest of season
The Cabot Panthers find themselves in a very unfamiliar situation.
At the midway point of the season, the Panthers have just
one win, and are staring at the possibility of falling below
.500 in conference play for the first time in quite sometime.
It's been the 1980s since Cabot finished below .500 in conference
play, but the Panthers aren't thinking about that right now.
to face powerful Wynne
IN SHORT: The
Beebe Badgers cleared a huge hurdle last week in their bid
for an AAAA-East conference title with an improbable come-from-behind
38-35 win against the Marion Patriots. The Badgers will need
another performance like that this week, as Beebe travels
to Wynne to face the Yellowjackets in a battle between two
teams which are both undefeated in conference action.
Hale (center) talks with members of the Red Cross and friends
after his mobile home was destroyed by a tornado Saturday
evening on Hwy. 70 near Lonoke.
Rita packs punch
storm survivor tells of ordeal in his mobile home. An F-2
tornado smacked Mike Hale upside the head with the door of
his mobile home Saturday evening, blew the home to smithereens,
spewing debris everywhere, and left Hale momentarily dazed
about 30 feet away under a piece of wall.
church feels fury of area's twisters
Debra Betts of Searcy was finishing up the church bulletin
at West View Missionary Baptist Church on Hwy. 36 about 7:30
p.m. on Saturday when she first heard the sounds that a violent
storm was outside. "I'm sorry, but it didn't sound like
a train," Betts said. "It was just different."
Regardless of the sound, the aftermath proved what Betts heard
was a tornado. [FULL
Former Air Force officer escapes Rita
few weeks ago, John Felsher was busy helping victims of Hurricane
Katrina find food and shelter. Felsher and his family are
now evacuees themselves. A former Air Force public affairs
captain stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base from 1990-1993,
Felsher is back in the area after seeking refuge from Hurricane
Rita, a storm which battered Felsher's Lake Charles, La.,
neighborhood on Saturday.
doubles branches with its acquisition
Arkansas Bank and Trust, headquartered in Jacksonville, will
officially merge Nov. 1 with First Team Bank in Heber Springs,
giving the bank branches in Heber Springs, Greers Ferry, Marshall,
Damascus, Center Ridge, Greenbrier, Guy, Quitman, Concord
police chief charged
Briggs, who was police chief in Beebe during much of Mayor
Donald Ward's first term in office, was arrested in Shelby
County, Tenn., Monday for allegedly forging former Mayor Mike
Robertson's signature to dozens of magazine subscriptions.
Robertson, who was instrumental in getting Briggs arrested,
said Tuesday that trying to get the subscriptions stop-ped
and clearing up his credit record after he refused to pay
the bogus bills had consumed about a year of his life.
promotion comes under fire
IN SHORT: Former
Beebe Police Chief Dennis Briggs' arrest came on the same
day that former Mayor Mike Robertson, now a city alderman,
took Mayor Donald Ward to task during a city council meeting
Monday for what Robertson says was the questionable hiring
of another police officer. Though neither Ward nor Robertson
have formally announced their intention to run for mayor in
2006, both say they likely will run.
New fire trucks boost Beebe, Cabot
Beebe Volunteer Fire Department has unveiled the newest addition
to its fleet, a 2005 Freightliner fire truck with a 4,500-gallon
capacity. "This new truck enables us to pump more than
3,000 gallons of water on a fire if we're somewhere in the
fire district where there aren't fire plugs," Chief William
Nick said. The truck has a 2,000-gallon tank and 2,500 gallon
drop tank. The drop tank can be left at a fire while the engine
goes to get more water.
quarterback Cory Wade will lead the Panthers into a huge showdown
this Friday against West Memphis at Panther Stadium.
Blue Devils coming strong
Cabot and West Memphis meet up this Friday at Panther Stadium.
While Cabot's overall record isn't as impressive as it usually
is this time of year, this battle between the two perennial
AAAAA-East heavyweights is no less huge as any other year.
The Panthers enter Friday's game 1-3, while West Memphis is
4-0, but don't tell West Memphis coach Lanny Dauksch that
his team is a big favorite.
Devils needing little things for win
IN SHORT: The
Jacksonville Red Devils will try to rebound from their conference-opening
loss to Mountain Home last week when they travel to Jonesboro
to take on the also 0-1 Hurricane. The 13-7 loss to the Bombers
was the second consecutive lackluster performance from a Red
Devil offense that showed signs of explosiveness in the first
two weeks of the season.