EDITORIAL >> Racial balance remains issue

Jacksonville could get its own school district as soon as this year, but desegregation monitoring could continue indefinitely. The Pulaski County Special School District may have trouble getting its release from federal monitoring because several PCSSD schools have more black students enrolled than are allowed under the current racial guidelines, according to a recent report prepared by the Office of […]

EDITORIAL >> Communities Rebounding

Many communities here are growing again after the Great Recession, but not all of them. According to Metroplan, Lonoke County gained 3.1 percent to 70,490 residents, with Austin gaining nearly 10 percent, Ward 7.5 percent and Cabot 3.3 percent, while Lonoke added only seven residents. England lost about 1.5 percent and Carlisle lost 1.1 percent. Lonoke County grew by about […]

TOP STORY >> Golf balls carved into roses

Chuck Whalin of Cabot masterfully carves golf balls into small works of art. A longtime woodworker, he began carving golf balls while recovering from a broken foot after reading about the craft in a magazine. He forms many of them into roses, but he also makes Christmas ornaments and even Razorback mascots in football helmets. By SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff […]

TOP STORY >> Push to preserve downtown Beebe

By JEFFREY SMITH Leader staff writer Beebe resident Leslie Richardson is working to garner support to preserve and revitalize the historic buildings of downtown Beebe before they crumble into ruins. Richardson, a 1998 Beebe High School graduate, is an agent with John Hayes Shelter Insurance. She recently moved back to Beebe. She gave a presentation during the recent Beebe City […]

TOP STORY >> 2013 IN REVIEW: Sizzling summer news

(Editor’s note: This is the third of a five-part series looking back at 2013. It was compiled by Leader staff writer Rick Kron.) Sizzling sunshine, school stories, sequestration and shootings shuffled us into September. The sunshine brought drought and concerns about crops. Stories about test scores and school security abounded, along with shootings. And federal budget cuts caused by sequestration […]

EVENTS >> 12-28-2013

GOSPEL CONCERT AT FIRST ASSEMBLY The Talley Trio, a gospel group, will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6 at First Assembly of God in Jacksonville, 221 N. Elm St. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. “One of the most beloved and respected groups in Christian music, the Talleys have been featured with Pastor John Hagee, the Billy […]