Who’ll make
the first cuts?
Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) told the annual banquet of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce last week that Congress must bring spending under control and balance the federal budget, or face “our next Pearl Harbor” if those problems are not solved in the next few years.


Ethics reform
without teeth
The great democratic imperative, as exercised by the Arkansas Legislature, is that when people demand that you change your ways, pretend to do something. So the legislature is about to enact a law that pretends to end the back scratching and influence peddling that has so often characterized state legislatures, and this one in particular.


‘Hail Mary’ school plan
The Pulaski County Special School District says it has heard the complaints about rundown schools in Jacksonville and could build new schools as early as this summer. PCSSD officials told patrons this week the district will probably replace Arnold Drive, Tolleson and Jacksonville elementary schools and Jacksonville Middle School. The new schools could open in the fall of 2012.


Golf courses need rescue
Is there a millionaire in Jacksonville and Cabot who could take over the ailing golf courses there and run them at a loss until the economy turns around?


$120 million fair question
Jacksonville officials are going ahead with plans to buy more than 400 acres of land off Hwy. 161 South near I-440, which they believe is the ideal location for a new state fair complex. The city council will hold a public hearing next month on acquiring the land, which is worth about $2 million, and giving it to the Arkansas Livestock Show Association.


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. 2, 2011


Cutting the ceremonial ribbon at the Little Rock Air Force Base Joint Education Center on Tuesday are (from left) Gov. Mike Beebe; Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher; Col. Mike Minihan, the commander of the 19th Airlift Wing; Col. Glenn Masset of the Army Corps of Engineers, and Melody Toney, director of the education center.

Joint-education center dedicated
IN SHORT: Governor, commander and mayor all agree college complex will boost higher education in the area. [FULL TEXT]

Vasquez offers his plan on school construction
IN SHORT: PCSSD board president says build new high, middle and elementary schools.

Aldermen might raise trash rates
IN SHORT: Jacksonville’s City Council meeting set for 7 p.m. Thursday could be one of the longer ones in recent history. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot student lost after recess
IN SHORT: Mt. Springs pupil wandered off during break last Wednesday. [FULL TEXT]

News not all bad for farmers
IN SHORT: Dry weather and moist soil are helping put heads on wheat crop. [FULL TEXT]

UALR women’s coach Joe Foley has instructions for leading scorer and all-Sun Belt Conference performer Chastity Reed during Saturday’s victory over Arkansas State at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock. UALR won to give Foley his 600th career victory in his eighth season after leaving Arkansas Tech.

Trojans give Foley victory No. 600
IN SHORT: Triumph over rival Arkansas State provides veteran UALR coach with milestone in storied career. [FULL TEXT]

Sterrenberg biding time, taking shots with Wolves
IN SHORT: Former Cabot ace willing to be patient and make most of his playing time and scoring chances when they come in his second year at Arkansas State. [FULL TEXT]

Cyclones fade as Panthers prevail
IN SHORT: Russellville’s three-point shooters can’t hit mark as Cabot pulls away to win 7A-Central showdown [FULL TEXT]

Bears’defense buries Eagles
IN SHORT: Goodwin heats up to lead team after Sylvan Hills sets tone with big first quarter. [FULL TEXT]

Russellville tips Cabot, makes overtime shots
IN SHORT: Foul trouble hurts Lady Panthers after they fight back to tie the game at the end of regulation. [FULL TEXT]



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