The harder they fall
Many rejoice at the disgrace of a politician, especially the sanctimonious kind, of which there have been many recently—good Christian leaders who foundered on greed or lust.

Funding highways
Let’s give House Speaker Robert S. Moore an A for courage but a D for content with his highway-funding program. It would rely mainly on an increase in the general sales tax to pay off highway-construction bonds, and that is precisely the wrong tax for that job.

He can’t stop lying
He can’t stop. No sooner had the type been set than this comes: Mike Huckabee lies about his tax record on the Fox News show hosted by his colleague Chris Wallace.

Huckabee’s pardons
Mike Huckabee made the rounds of the national media venues last week reassuring people that he would probably run for president in 2012 although he would not do it officially for a long time so that he can keep his lucrative job at Fox News.

Hate speech is protected,
court decides
(The U.S. Supreme Court last week upheld the right of Westboro Baptist Church members to demonstrate at military funerals. This column about the Kansas-based group, which demonstrated in Beebe nearly five years ago, appeared on Aug. 2, 2006.)
Members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., were again busy this week picketing funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, but lawsuits filed by families who have lost their loved ones could stop the church group from taunting grieving relatives.[FULL TEXT]

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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March 9 , 2011

Airman's surprise homecoming
Tech Sgt. A.J. Beckwith picks up his 5-year-old twins, Tristen and Jessica, during a surprise visit to their pre-K class at Ward Central Elementary School on Tuesday. Beckwith was deployed to Kuwait for eight months and returned Monday night.

School plans move ahead
IN SHORT:Architects hired to design two new elementary schools and a middle school in Jacksonville. [FULL TEXT]

PCSSD appoints new principals
IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills, Jacksonville Middle School, Star Academy see changes. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville finally set to expand north
IN SHORT: One resident calls area along Hwy. 67/167 ‘Sodom and Gomorrah.’. [FULL TEXT]

New schools to replace old ones
IN SHORT: PCSSD will close four schools and build two new ones in downtown Jacksonville, one at base. [FULL TEXT]

Base puts $712M in economy
IN SHORT: LRAFB pumps $12 million more into area last year compared to 2009. [FULL TEXT]

Jail worries Cypert
IN SHORT: Cabot mayor fears Lonoke facility won’t accept prisoners from his city. [FULL TEXT]

Teacher fired after a prank
IN SHORT: A practical joke has cost a Cabot Junior High North math teacher his job. [FULL TEXT]

Sylvan Hills junior guard Archie Goodwin will share the stage with Alma’s Isaac McCoy when the Bears and Airedales meet at The Summit Arena in Hot Springs this Friday night.

Bears set for prime time
IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills wraps up perfect run in conference, faces Alma in showdown of multi-talented guards. [FULL TEXT]

Red Devils ready to retake Summit
IN SHORT: Jacksonville faces rematch with 6A East foe LR Parkview. [FULL TEXT]

Fayetteville knocks out Cabot girls
IN SHORT: Points by Wolff not enough as Lady Panthers eliminated in 7A. [FULL TEXT]

Raiders hit by injury, take defeat
IN SHORT: Jacksonville not finished despite 0-14 record in 6A-East action. [FULL TEXT]

Nicholson no-hits Pats for Panthers
IN SHORT: Starter sharp as Cabot run rules Little Rock Parkview Monday. [FULL TEXT]

Bulldogs bump off Wildcats in double overtime
IN SHORT: Late scoring run in second extra period lifts Earle to its victory. [FULL TEXT



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