EDITORIAL >> David Solomon, 1916-2017, RIP

Sad to hear that David Solomon, the longtime Helena lawyer and civic leader, passed away last week at his home at the age of 100. Everyone in the Arkansas Delta thought he was a mensch (a Yiddish word for someone of great character and integrity). Mr. Solomon worked for the Helena school board and the hospital pro bono for many […]

EDITORIAL >> Welcome, new chief

A search committee last week chose Geoffrey Herweg, 53, the deputy chief of the Lovington, N.M., police department, as Jacksonville’s next police chief. He will succeed Kenny Boyd, who has been with the department for 29 years, the last three as chief. Boyd announced his retirement earlier this year after serving with distinction in various capacities. Boyd’s low-key but effective […]

TOP STORY >> Ward eyes Disney $20K parks grant

Ward Parks and Recreation Director Karen Dawson invites the public to nominate the city to win a $20,000 grant for its parks from the Walt Disney Co. The nomination period starts Saturday and continues through the end of the month. Nominations can be made online at NRPA.org/BeInspired. The city with the most nominations will win the grant. Everyone who nominates […]

TOP STORY >> Five cities plan spring cleanups

Sherwood’s spring cleanup will be held Saturday, April 8. The annual event, sponsored by Keep Sherwood Beautiful, will begin at 9 a.m. at Jack Evans Senior Center, 2301 Thornhill Drive. Volunteers are needed and will have a choice to pick-up litter or participate in beautification assignments. Participants will receive a free lunch, Keep Arkansas Beautiful T-shirts and have a chance […]

TOP STORY >> Aftermath of spring storm

By JEFFREY SMITH Leader staff writer A tornado and high winds on Friday night left many area residents picking up debris over the weekend. An EF-2 tornado hit a trailer park in north Pulaski County at Lowridge and Slipspur Roads. The National Weather Service in Little Rock reported the tornado touched down at 11:20 p.m. near the Pulaski-Faulkner County line […]