President Huckabee?
If Mike Huckabee is elected president, a prospect that is not so remote as it once was, he will have followed the most circuitous path ever. We mean that no one has ever come down, decisively, on both sides of so many issues.

PSC moves on efficiency
We don’t get many chances to compliment the state Public Service Commission, which regulates Arkansas’ investor-owned utilities and cooperatives, but today we give the commissioners a medium-sized salute. [FULL TEXT]

Regulators do their job
We-Never-Thought-We’d-Live-to-See-the-Day Dept.: An Arkansas regulatory agency leads the nation in oversight of a polluting industry. [FULL TEXT]

Brief history of a motto
We were afraid of something like this. Rep. John Boozman is yet a few weeks away from becoming United States senator from Arkansas and he is already entangled in foolishness. He joined a group of fringe lawmakers in writing and widely circulating a letter to President Obama protesting his reference to “E Pluribus Unum” as the national motto. [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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Dec. 18, 2010

Sherwood’s Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights is a local gem
Sherwood Forest’s Christmas display is open from 6 to 9:30 p.m. nightly. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Verdict is guilty in trial of pair
A jury in the federal trial of a Cabot man and North Little Rock alderman on Friday night  returned guilty verdicts on several weapons and related charges. [FULL TEXT]

Can anyone save this district?
IN SHORT: The state Board of Education could place the Pulaski County Special School District back in fiscal distress as early as next month, Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell told the Joint Legislative Audit Committee on Wednesday, after it finishes reviewing the extensive investigation by state auditors.[FULL TEXT]

Alderman is in limbo over signs
Beebe Alderman Les Cossey, who was arrested during the early hours of Election Day in November for stealing his opponent’s campaign signs, remains off the city council pending his appearance in court. [FULL TEXT]

At their business in Cabot, Cindy and Greg McNerlin have been processing game donated by hunters to help feed the hungry as deer season winds down.

Donated game helping needy
IN SHORT: It’s an economic indicator that doesn’t get the same publicity as jobless rates or consumer-confidence indexes. [FULL TEXT]

For record, ASU taking a whipping
IN SHORT: My parents always liked to speak in euphemisms. [FULL TEXT]

Youthful Falcons learning by doing
North Pulaski’s week of practice leading up to next week’s Red Devil Classic can be summed up with one word — defense. [FULL TEXT]

Lonoke girls look for lift in league
IN SHORT: Victories and losses mean more to the Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits now that 2-4A Conference play has started, but improvement in every game is still top priority. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville defends home in tournament
IN SHORT: This year, the Red Devil Classic basketball tournament will have a full bracket on the boys side. [FULL TEXT




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