frustrated by Lake View
A special session on education may well be necessary but doesn't
have to be hurried, Gov. Mike Huckabee said Tuesday. After the state
Supreme Court declared school funding unconstitutional a week ago,
Huckabee initially said a special session might not be needed to
address concerns raised in the decision. [FULL
Defense bill gets approval in House
a long and heated battle Sunday night, members of the House of Representatives
passed 308-106 the 2006 defense spending bill that would also open
Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, but
Cong. Vic Snyder, D-Ark., who opposed the drilling, cautions Arkansans
that the real vote was much tighter.
council butts heads over budget suggestions
a firestorm of words with Mayor Donald Ward Monday night, the Beebe
City Council tabled a vote on the $2.7 million 2006 city budget
until a full council is present.
dispute new development
Residents of Sun Terrace, across the street from Wal-Mart Supercenter
in Cabot, who several years ago successfully fought rezoning on
the corner of Rockwood and Hwy. 89 at the entrance to their subdivision,
are doing battle with the council again to stop a commercial development
just one house down from that corner.
pass tough test in cold Alaskan climate
Two C-130J cargo aircraft from Little Rock Air Force Base have been
proven ready for war in all types of weather after finishing two
weeks of cold-weather evaluations at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska,
that ended Dec. 14.
Coca-Cola Christmas in Lonoke
always time for Coca-Cola and Christmas at the home of Don and Wanda
Cook at 1381 N. Johnson Road in Lonoke. "I would go to flea markets
looking for jewelry, and 13 years ago I bought a couple of Coca-Cola
pieces because they were so cheerful with the red and white," Wanda
Cook said. [FULL
senior guard Libby Gay drives down the court while Cabot sophomore
Lauren Walker defends Friday night during the Lady Jackrabbits'
52-49 double-overtime victory.
Lonoke upsets Lady Panthers
Few people expected the Lady Jackrabbits to leave the Cabot gym
with their unbeaten record still in- tact, nor did they expect the
double-overtime war it took in order for them to actually do it.
The Lonoke girls proved all doubters wrong Friday night, edging
out the Lady Panthers 52-49 in one of the most exciting games of
the early season. The win improves the Lady ÔRabbits record to 11-0
on the season, and establishes them as a serious force heading into
the heart of their 6AAA-conference schedule.
tops Jackrabbits to remain undefeated
IN SHORT: Cabot
managed to keep its unbeaten streak alive Friday night at the Panther
gymnasium by beating Lonoke 43-40. But they didn't do it without
a serious fight from the Jackrabbits.
Hill, right, and Charlotte Hill prepare to vote Tuesday on bond
issues and a local sales tax. Election judge Lillie Gatewood helps
them at the Lonoke Depot.
split on bonds
Like voters statewide, area residents rejected by a wide margin
Ballot Question 1 on Tuesday, which would have given authority to
the state's Highway Commission to finance interstate maintenance
through bond sales. [FULL
Sherwood aldermen get terms extended
in Sherwood on Tuesday approved extending the terms of aldermen
from two years to staggered four years by a vote of 682 to 584.
The city, following Jacksonville's lead, which voted in four-year
terms last year, has four wards with two positions each.
votes to trim costs; Adkins to be Pre-K school
Adkins Elementary School in Jacksonville will be closed at the end
of this school year and reopened as a pre-kindergarten school, the
Pulaski County Special School District Board voted 4-3 Tues-day
night after more than two months of intrigue, anxiety and community
meetings over which small elementary school would be closed or reconfigured
to help alleviate the district's dire financial straits.
tax passes in Lonoke
Lonoke voters approved a 2-cent hospitality tax on Tuesday, dedicated
to improving and expanding city parks, by a vote of 176 to 137.
That should raise about $100,000 a year for city parks and free
money for other uses.
Inside look at war on terror
Besides being a schoolhouse for all things related to the C-130
cargo plane, Little Rock Air Force Base houses the 463rd Airlift
Group, which transports "beans and bullets" as well as troops, all
over the world.
police kick off new alert program
A program created almost 10 years ago in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,
to help find missing Alzheimer's patients and children is now available
to law- enforcement agencies all over the country, and the Cabot
Police Department is one of the first in the area to use it.
High School students learn the art of broadcasting Cabot High School
recently premiered the television program CHTV (Cabot High School
Television) created by the school's radio and television-broadcasting
forward Josh Whatley drives around Conway's Xavier Tyus during the
Panthers' 52-37 victory over the Wampus Cats Friday night.
Cabot handles Wampus Cats
The Cabot Panthers controlled every aspect of its their game Friday
night against Conway but one, and one wasn't enough for the Wampus
Cats as Cabot cruised to a 52-37 victory and kept its record un-blemished
after eight games.
Devils fall short in Cyclone title game
IN SHORT: The
Jacksonville Red Devils won the second-place trophy Saturday at
the Russellville tournament, but if it were up to head coach Vic
Joyner, they wouldn't have accepted it.
Dennis Larsen(left) speaks to officers and airmen after the fifth
C-130J arrives at Little Rock Air Force Base on Tuesday. At right
is Brig. Gen. Kip Self, commander of the 314th Airlift Wing at the
C-130J arrives at air base
Lt. Gen. Dennis Larsen, vice commander of the Air Education and
Training Command, piloted a new C-130J to Little Rock Air Force
Base Tuesday from the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta, Ga. The
plane is the air base's fifth active-duty C-130J, aircraft No. 3147.
Budget in Cabot shaping up for '06
Cabot Police Chief Jackie Davis sat down at a conference table at
city hall Monday evening to begin justifying the budget he had submitted
for council approval, Alderman Eddie Cook leaned forward in his
seat and proclaimed a loud "no."
could be changing borders
as contractors launch a quarter-million-dollar feasibility study
that could result in the reconfiguration of Pulaski County's three
school districts, some residents of both Jacksonville and Sherwood
each would like to have their own stand-alone district..
say keep school
Warren Dupree Elementary School has one of the highest literacy
and math proficiency rates among district schools, patrons told
Pulaski County Special School District administrators and board
members Tuesday night.
not a racist,' teacher responds
The Homer Adkins Elementary teacher accused of making inappropriate
racial and religious comments to her students may still be in the
classroom, but she's not yet out of the woods.
tax would go to city parks
No organized opposition has materialized to a two-cent hamburger
tax proposal that Lonoke voters will see when they go to the polls
Tuesday, according to Mayor Tom Privett.
on Main Street
Beebe and Ward hold weekend parades Crowds surely got into the holiday
spirit over the weekend as area communities held Christmas pa-rades
Saturday and Sunday. Organizers of each were happy with the crowds,
number of entrants and overall atmosphere. [FULL
point guard Libby Gay eyes the basket during the Lady Rabbits' 33-32
win over Mountain View in the championship game of the Bank Classic
at Searcy High School.
Lady Rabbits win Bank
At 8 p.m. Saturday evening, the Lonoke girls basketball team may
have felt more like it just completed a Greco Roman wrestling tournament
rather than a basketball tournament. Either way, the Lady Rabbits
took home the championship trophy from the Bank Classic at Searcy
High School with a 33-32 victory over Mountain View in the title
top Bison to win Medallion
IN SHORT: Riverview
controlled Saturday night's encounter with Carlisle in Newport,
and as a result brought home the championship trophy from the Medallion
Classic with a 64-48 victory.
future for Chopstick Restaurant?
Brooks, right, helps rebuild the old Chopsticks restaurant in Jacksonville.
insists he'll run
Marion Berry, D-Gillette, who was in Cabot on Monday at the request
of the Arlene Cherry Memorial Library, said he has heard rumors
that he is not running again for the First District seat he has
held for nine years, and those rumors are false, he insists.
Sherwood is keeping close eye on PCSSD
"Something's fixin' to happen in the Pulaski County Special School
District," Sherwood Mayor Bill Harmon Monday evening appointed a
task force to monitor the complex situation in which the troubled
district finds itself.
proposed in Beebe
Mayor Donald Ward presented a $2.7 million budget to the city council
Monday night that contains the first pay raise for city employees
in three years.
to appeal loss of suit
activist Todd Turner will appeal to the state Supreme Court Circuit
Judge Barry Sims' ruling Friday in favor of payday lenders, their
so-called regulators and the law exempting their transactions from
Arkansas' usury laws, he vowed Monday.
pleased with funding
A pair of new projects next year are aimed at helping improve the
working and non-working environment at Little Rock Air Force Base.
The base will be receiving $6.4 million next year for an improved
dining facility to replace the existing facility, which is aged
and undersized. The new dining facility will also house a community
Devil Dustin Dirt Bustin Jacksonville High School Cleanup Day on
Nov. 19 was organized by Debbie Skidmore and Patricia White and
involved approximately 50 students, parents and faculty. [FULL
6-foot-6 postman Alex Sharp, 41, and 6-3 Josh Whatley, battle North
Pulaski's 5-8 Rodric Rainey for a rebound Monday night during the
Panthers' 45-28 victory over the Falcons in the first-round of the
Ohio Arkansas basketball tournament at Central Arkansas Christian
Cabot towers over NP
A solid team performance in the second half propelled the Cabot
Panthers to a 45-28 win over North Pulaski in the opening round
of the Ortho Arkansas Invitational basketball tournament at CAC
on Monday night.
end Wildcats' title hopes with breakaway run
IN SHORT: Harding
Academy's perfect season came to an end with 2:11 left in the game
Friday when Junction City's Justin Hoof ran 86 yards to put the
Dragons ahead for the first time in the contest. Prior to Hoof's
breakaway run, the HA defense had contained Hoof well, holding him
to 23 yards on 11 carries.
David Walton(from left), with Cabot Fire Department, Cary Hobbs
with Cabot City Beautiful, Buck Bing with Buck's Tree Service and
Cam Steel, president of Cabot City Beautiful set up the Cabot community
Christmas tree late Sunday afternoon. The tree was donated by Mr.
and Mrs. C.M.Gordon. The tree was taken from an area at Stagecoach
and Campground raods in Cabot.
funding ends soon
now, we're trying to find a house to rent," said Wade Morgan, 26,
who has hunkered down at the Holiday Inn Express in Lonoke with
his 2-year-old son and his son's mother and said he was looking
forward to a fresh start.
of holiday activities
area churches have spent the past couple of weeks preparing and
distributing food baskets for needy families and at least one church
will host a Thanksgiving Day meal for those in need on Thursday.
District official defends himself
H. Jeter III said Monday that the reason he was not rehired at Forest
(Miss.) Municipal School District was that he championed racial
equality and also allowed an integrated prom, which displeased the
Cabot-area developers were among those who attended a hearing called
to air grievances against the actions of the Arkansas Department
of Environmental Quality which has stepped up enforcement of federal
EPA storm-water runoff regulations.
favorable to payday lenders
circuit judge in Little Rock upheld Arkansas' payday lending law
Tuesday. Opponents who challenged the six-year-old law said they
would appeal Pulaski County Circuit Judge Barry Sims' ruling that
the Check Cashers Act of 1999 is constitutional.
to run for mayor
Cabot Alderman David Polantz is in his fifth term on the city council.
Now, he says he wants to be mayor. Polantz has been among those
known for months to be considering running, but he would never say
how serious that consideration was, only that he was praying about
Honoring a new American
Hiipakka is proud to be an American. Born in Germany, she's even
prouder after a special day was hosted in her honor after she became
a U.S. citizen earlier this month. [FULL
freshmen guard Dezmon Blair tries to shoot over North Pulaski's
Carlos Donley during the Falcon's 42-39 victory Monday night.
NPHS freshmen upset Red Devils
The North Pulaski freshman Falcons came from behind in the second
half to pull off a minor upset Monday night in Metro Conference
play with a 42-39 victory over crosstown rival Jacksonville.
girls fall to FC; JHS tops hurt NP
IN SHORT: The
Sylvan Hills girls basketball team dropped to 1-2 Saturday with
a hard-fought loss to Forrest City in the Heavenly Hoops Classic
hosted by Mount St. Mary at the UALR Fieldhouse.
Morgan (left) and C.W. Maple load a Civil War M1861 rifle carriage
onto a trailer to be taken to Woodstock, Ga., to be restored. The
800-lb. cannon, made in 1864, sat on the lawn of the Lonoke County
to get makeover
cannon from the Civil War era in front of the Lonoke County Courthouse
is on its way to Historical Ordnance Works in Woodstock, Ga., to
boss planned to let Jeter go
H. Jeter III, Pulaski County Special School District's assistant
superintendent for learning services, resigned from his most recent
job as a school administrator in Mississippi before his former superintendent
could recommend nonrenewal of his contract, and there is some indication
that the PCSSD failed to check his references at that school.
Routes offered for loop project
500 North Pulaski residents attended public meetings on potential
routes being considered to complete the missing North Belt Loop
link through or around Sherwood on Monday and Tuesday, and as expected
the predominant theme was "not in my backyard."
mayor won't seek second term
Mayor Donald Ward announced before about 40 city leaders Tuesday
that he will not run for re-election next year.
unhappy with fire response
fire caused by a lightning strike on Hwy. 319 near Ward destroyed
an elderly woman's home and all her belongings Saturday night, but
her grandson says he believes something could have been saved if
the fire department had responded sooner and called for backup.
candidates square off
two Republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives'
seat in the First District both live in Cabot and both know each
other, but no one would go so far as to call it a friendship.
superintendent gets state's top honor
Holman, superintendent of the Cabot School District, was presented
the Arkansas Superintendent of the Year Award during the board of
education meeting Tuesday night.
The gift of shade
trees, two red oaks and three red maples, have been planted at Central
Elementary School in Cabot as part of the Arkansas Forestry Commission's
Shade Trees On Playgrounds (STOP) program. [FULL
Lady Red Devils sophomore Morgan Waits takes a shot in traffic during
Jacksonville's loss to Mount St. Mary's Monday in the opening round
of the MSM hosted Heavenly Hoops tournament at the UALR Fieldhouse.
The Lady Devils will play Forrest City at 5:30 p.m. tonight in the
Local teams unblessed at MSM
Three area teams played in the first round of the Heavenly Hoops
Basketball Classic at the UALR fieldhouse Monday, and all three
lost their opening games.
presents strong test for Harding
IN SHORT: The
Harding Academy Wildcats are on to the second round of the AA state
playoffs this week after a high-scoring opening-round win over the
Earle Bulldogs 56-44. The Wildcats (11-0) will host the Perryville
Mustangs (9-1) at Alumni Field in Searcy.
9 , 2005
Decatur and other members of the storied Tuskegee Airmen may have
been welcomed home as second-class citizens rather than conquering
heroes after the end of the Second World War, but 60 years later,
after a long and distinguished career at the forefront of the Civil
Rights movement, he was received with respect, enthusiasm and two
standing ovations at North Pulaski High School on Tuesday as he
spoke to about 200 students.performed well. [FULL
will force freeway to switch
developments force the State Highway Department to reassess which
way the second phase of the North Belt should go.
PCSSD to discuss closings
board may close Homer Adkins and Scott elementaries, but will first
hold public meetings
set for intense testing
transport planes will take part in a combat exercise in Fort Polk,
clouds Cabot pond
complain that runoff from the construction of a nearby subdivision
has polluted the small pond and fewer people are fishing there as
Red Devils feel they can beat nationally ranked Springdale
cross country wins state
Beebe boys' cross country team won the class AAAA state championship
Saturday at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs.
2 , 2005
fleet is evaluated
team from Edwards Air Force Base is evaluating the four C130J
transport planes at Little Rock Air Force Base as the Pentagon seeks
to determine if the planes are combatworthy. Although two C130Js
are assigned to the war in Iraq, critics inside and outside the
Pentagon say the new aircraft has fallen short of expectations,
although top Air Force generals insist the planes have performed
goes well, Self tells base council
top commander at Little Rock Air Force Base says the war in Iraq
is going much better than the way the media are portraying the fighting
there. Brig. Gen. Kip Self, commander of the 314th Airlift Wing,
told members of the Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council
on Monday that progress is being made in Iraq despite the bloodshed
there. "Every day, Iraq improves," Self said. [FULL
He'll stay in race despite attacks, Stumbaugh says
Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh says he is not worried that the recent report
about his personnel record while an officer with the Little Rock Police
Department will hurt his race for Congress. If anything, he believes
the residents of Arkansas' First District will see him as someone
who has made mistakes but has tried to learn from them someone like
takes PCSSD fight to state
the Pulaski County Special School District on Tuesday handdelivered
the latest revision of its fiscaldistress improvement plan to the
state Department of Education, some Jacksonville leaders met with
Gov. Mike Huckabee's education adviser while district administrators
prepared to satisfy a Freedom of Information request from a Jacksonville
relief centers closing doors
After serving 900 evacuees, the Hurricane Katrina Assistance Center
on James St. in Jacksonville closed its doors Saturday, but help is
still available by scheduling appointments through the Jacksonville
Chamber of Commerce. The volunteer staff at Cabot KARE (Katrina Assistance
Relief Effort) located in the old Knight's grocery store, is also
thinking about closing that center on Nov. 17.
Cabot shelter breaks ground
groundbreaking in Cabot Monday marked the end of a long wait for a
new animal shelter that has been requested by animal lovers there
for more than five years. "It's been a long time coming,"
Mayor Stubby Stumbaugh said about the yearlong delay in getting started
that was the result of the council refusing to rezone the site on
Kerr Station Road where the old shelter is located. "It's just
sad that so many animals were needlessly killed."
Daniel Hubbard, left, and Cabot's Dustin McElyea will likely meet
up more than once on Thursday at Jan Crow Stadium when the Red Devils
and Panthers face off in their annual regularseason finale matchup.
Jacksonville has turned the tide of recent years and will enter the
game playoffbound and the favorite to win.
Traditional rivalry still heated
When it comes to Week 10 of the high school football season, one thing
is certain, that Cabot and Jacksonville will meet up in a very meaningful
football game. Circumstances such as playoff seedings or eligibility
may change. Those circumstances may even be meaningless, as is the
case this year, but the game itself won't be.
to settle 6AA title at Des Arc
IN SHORT: TEveryone
figured that the regularseason finale for Harding Academy would likely
be all about preserving an undefeated record and securing another
conference championship. There was the possibility that Hughes could
slip up on the Wildcats to make it a more interesting race, but few
expected their week 10 matchup with Des Arc to be quite as big as