TOP STORY >> City moves to expand Dupree park

By RICK KRONLeader staff writerThe Jacksonville City Council agreed Thursday that it would chip in $150,000 if the Parks and Recreation Department gets a 50/50 state grant to add 16 acres to Dupree Park.The council also agreed to make it easier for residents to e-mail city hall with queries.The parks department wants to buy and develop the acreage just to […]

TOP STORY >> Austin growing, crime on rise

By JOAN McCOYLeader staff writerAustin Police Chief John Staley says the city is growing. Traffic has picked up. Crime is on the rise, and the only way to keep up is to enlarge the police department.To that end, Staley got approval from the mayor and city council recently to promote Don Sims to sergeant and raise his hourly wage from […]