EDITORIAL >> School plans progressing

The Jacksonville-North Pulaski School Board approved plans this week to build a new middle school at the current site of the high school. It’s another big step to remake the community’s schools. Already in the works for the same site is a new elementary school. Where a dilapidated school building that looks worse than your average parking garage once stood, […]

EDITORIAL >> Open houses for Hwy. 89

The Arkansas Department of Transportation and Metroplan will hold public-involvement meetings next week in Jacksonville and Mayflower on a proposal to transform Hwy. 89 into a thoroughfare between Cabot and Mayflower, near bustling Conway. The plan has been discussed for several years now. It was conceived as an alternative for the incomplete North Belt Loop, which would have quickened commutes […]

TOP STORY >> Doctor honored for jazz record

By CHRISTY HENDRICKS Leader staff writer Jacksonville’s Dr. Alan Storeygard was recently awarded with a bronze Global Music Award for his album “Jazz meets the Classics.” The album, his fifth, won Best Album and Best Contemporary Instrumental Recording. It is also up for a Grammy. It is a “classical and jazz fusion project,” according to Storeygard. It features solo tracks […]

TOP STORY >> Helping folks in Puerto Rico

By Senior Airman Mercedes Taylor 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – In times of adversity, many turn to their families for emotional support. Loved ones become safety nets when one of their own faces strife. But what does a person do when his family is in jeopardy on an island thousands of miles away? Airman […]

TOP STORY >> Wilson wins, wants GIF money returned

By JOHN HOFHEIMER Leader senior staff writer Funding local General Improvement Fund projects with state revenue is unconstitutional on the face of it, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday, dealing a death blow to the practice of legislators divvying up millions of dollars between their favorite programs across the state. Unless and until they can find yet another “workaround” to funnel […]