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Robinson charged in assault of former partner
Brinkley police have charged former Arkansas Cong. Tommy Robinson with assaulting Cabot businessman Bill Thompson over a financial dispute.
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Let's help him find a
long-lost brother

We get calls from readers asking for all kinds of help. Sometimes they’re looking for lost relatives, and we’ll try to reunite them, but we don’t always succeed.
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JULY 15, 2006

Maya VanBuskirk (center) cautiously pets an African pygmy hedgehog held by John Sherwood, owner of Safari Pets in Cabot and Jacksonville. A bearded dragon lizard sits on Sherwood’s shoulder. On Friday, Sherwood brought several exotic animals for children to see and handle at the annual Arlene Cherry Library end-of-summer reading program party in Cabot.

Scores good, bad
IN SHORT: Schools in Cabot, Searcy and Carlisle perform well on Benchmark exams, while the Pulaski County Special School District results still show half the pupils are not on grade level. [FULL TEXT]

Clock ticks for Hercules on payment
IN SHORT: The clock is ticking for Hercules, Inc., which was again held liable this week for the Superfund cleanup at the old Vertac plant in Jacksonville. [FULL TEXT]

New general set to head Air National Guard
IN SHORT: A former chief of staff, Brig. Gen. Riley Porter is ready to take command of the Arkansas Air National Guard at the Jacksonville base. [FULL TEXT]

Payday lender closes some shops
IN SHORT: Storefronts in Cabot, Beebe, Searcy and Little Rock have closed as their owner faces $1.3 million in fines for not having a valid license to make loan [FULL TEXT]

Villines calls for session on tax
IN SHORT: At a Little Rock press conference yesterday, Pulaski County Judge Floyd G. “Buddy” Villines an-nounced a special quorum court meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday to consider two ordinances, one calling for a special election to levy a quarter-cent sales tax for county detentions, and the other authorizing county participation in an inter-local agreement among eight cities to distribute all tax revenues to the county treasurer.
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Sports

Sylvan Hills’ Ritchie Irvin was 1 for 3 against Gwatney Chevrolet during Tuesday’s 9-0 win. Irvin singled to center in the top of the fourth.

Bruins get shutout win over Gwatney
IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills’ AAA team improved to 5-1 against zone competition Tuesday night by handling Jacksonville 9-0. [FULL TEXT]

Sylvan Hills gets huge playoff win
IN SHORT: The Sylvan Hills Class A team defeated Little Rock Blue Friday to avoid elimination from the state tournament at North Little Rock’s Burns Park. [FULL TEXT]

Taylor signs with Bears
IN SHORT: Fomer Sylvan Hills standout Kent Taylor will play baseball for the University of Central Arkansas next season. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot handles Vilonia, gets ready for the zone
IN SHORT: Home Depot improved its season record to 12-17 with a 8-5 win over Vilonia in a Class AA game Monday night in Vilonia. Cabot held the Eagles scoreless until the fourth inning, while building a 5-0 lead in the process. [FULL TEXT]


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Look at tests cautiously
Tuesday was a grand day for celebration because the state education commissioner announced that Arkansas children performed beautifully this year on both the standardized test that the state devised especially for Arkansas students and on the nationally normed Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
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Having it both ways
To say one thing, do quite another and get credit for both is the optimum skill in politics. It is much easier when you are traversing the country and the local media do not know the difference.
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New man
The 314th Mission Support Group changed commanders last Wednesday morning in a moving ceremony in Hangar 276 at Little Rock Air Force Base.
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