Editorials


What's next for district?

By a resounding, overwhelming, huge, making-a-statement margin, Jacksonville residents have said loud and clear that they have had enough of second-class treatment under the Pulaski County Special School District and are ready to soar higher.
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New district is approved

It's finally happening --- Jacksonville is getting its own school district.
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Vote Tuesday in Jacksonville

A standalone Jacksonville/north Pulaski school district is finally within our grasp.
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The mayor vs.
ex-police chief

The Jacksonville mayoral race is heating up, with former Police Chief Gary Sipes gaining momentum and laying out several goals for the city if he is elected.
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Cabot ends prison labor in schools

After a report here Saturday that a convicted murderer worked at Cabot Junior High North last week as a prison trustee, school officials decided Monday to ban prison labor in the district. [FULL TEXT]

Killer worked at Cabot school gym

A murderer who is serving a life sentence without parole was installing a wall mat this week at the Cabot Junior High North gym as part of a prison work-release program. [FULL TEXT]

 

When firm's comptroller
steals $1.1M

AGL Corp., the small Jacksonville manufacturer of laser equipment used for construction around the world, had been struggling for years. The company had trouble making a profit. There were layoffs and rumors about the plant shutting down. [FULL TEXT]


Genocide threatens minorities

A huge humanitarian disaster was unfolding last month while the western world and much of the media looked away. They focused on a tiny area on the Mediterranean controlled by a group of Moslem fanatics, who have held their own people hostage while provoking another senseless war with Israel. [FULL TEXT]

Strategy put own people in line of fire

A ceasefire seems to be holding in Gaza after a month of hostilities that killed and wounded 10,000 Palestinians – while fewer than 100 Israelis were killed and injured – in the wake of another monumental Arab military failure. [FULL TEXT]

Her niece one plane ahead of fatal flight

Hedy Wuelling, who runs the Jacksonville Animal Shelter, follows the news of the downed Malaysian airliner on Dutch websites because she's from Holland. [FULL TEXT]


VA isn't the only problem

It's never a good time to visit a government office, where they're usually understaffed and busy. You might stand in line for 20 minutes at the post office, but you can always come back later — unlike thousands of sick veterans who sit for hours waiting for medical attention at VA hospitals. [FULL TEXT]


New records from Thelonious Monk, Rosanne Cash

Alfred Lion, a refugee from Nazi Germany, founded Blue Note Records in New York on Jan. 6, 1939, when he recorded the boogie-woogie pianists Albert Ammons and Meade (Lux) Lewis after hearing them at the historic "From Spirituals to Swing" concert at Carnegie Hall in New York the month before. [FULL TEXT]


Young girl asks Santa for a very special gift

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]


For Cash, debut in the Rock

Rosanne Cash made her Little Rock debut at a soldout show Nov. 23 at South on Main Restaurant, which is bringing world-class performers to the southern end of downtown in the space where Juanita's used to be. [FULL TEXT]





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September 27, 2014


Jacksonville FestiVille held this weekend

The second annual FestiVille in Jacksonville kicked off Friday. Isiah Razion of Fun Time Shows sets up a game at Dupree Park before the first band takes the stage. The good times continued Saturday with a Backyard Barbecue Bash cook-off, car show, concerts, carnival rides and more.


Mayor hopefuls speak of plans

IN SHORT: Incumbent Fletcher and challenger Sipes share visions for city with chamber of commerce members. [FULL TEXT]


Tips offered on health law at St. Vincent

IN SHORT: Insurance Department touts independent benefit accounts that will be implemented in 2015. [FULL TEXT]


Benefit for CASA raises $32,000

IN SHORT: The money will be used to support services for local children. [FULL TEXT]




 

Cabot sophomore Jack Teague can't quite come down with this catch that went off his fingertips late in the fourth quarter of the Panthers' 41-14 loss to the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats in Friday's conference opener at Panther Stadium.



Wildcats pass by Panthers

IN SHORT: North Little Rock threw for more than 300 yards in lopsided win. [FULL TEXT]


Red Devils hammer Fair

IN SHORT: Jacksonville gets into the win column in a big way with mercy-rule victory. [FULL TEXT]


Bears' motor keeps churning through Mills

IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills continues dominating its opponents, wins by 42. [FULL TEXT]

Badgers get sweep in Central golf match

IN SHORT: The Beebe boys' and girls' teams take first place at Stone Links course. [FULL TEXT]

Beebe girls get two big victories in conference

IN SHORT: Lady Badgers fight past Sylvan Hills, roll over NP to take over second. [FULL TEXT]



Harps donates to Lonoke County Christian Clinic
Lonoke County Christian Clinic coordinator Becky True and pharmacy director Jerry Jones accept a check for $2,500 on Tuesday from Cabot Harps Foods store manager Jerry Davenport (right). The money was raised during the Harps charity golf tournament held in August in Rogers. The Lonoke County Christian Clinic on 502 Richie Road in Cabot is open at 5 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month. The clinic offers free dental, medical and pharmacy services to Lonoke County residents who meet financial guidelines and have no insurance. Call 501-605-5600 for an appointment. The clinic has been open since 2011.


Mystery of women's prison

IN SHORT: Daffodils planted uniformly, foundations buried 4 feet in the ground and the tale of one inmate who was likely the victim of a corrupt system are all that remain of the Arkansas State Farm for Women prison near Jacksonville. [FULL TEXT]

 

Bridging the Gap Resale Shop opens for business

IN SHORT: Bridging the Gap Resale Shop in Lonoke held its grand opening on Wednesday. [FULL TEXT]


CASA fundraising dinner

IN SHORT: Advocacy group to held event for Lonoke County abused kids. [FULL TEXT]