Police feud continuing

The controversy over ousted Jacksonville Police Chief Geoffrey Herweg won’t be over anytime soon. Herweg, who was ruled ineligible to serve by the state Supreme Court because of a misdemeanor conviction for filing a false police report, has taken matters into his hands and filed a suit on his own against Council Member Tara Smith and her attorney Nate Steel, […]

Lonoke spruces up in many ways

Volunteers are needed for beautification effort in historic town Saturday.

A spring cleanup will be held from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Lonoke. The event is hosted by Lonoke 2022, a nonprofit community revitalization group. “The Beautification and Recreation Action Team is partnering with other community groups, such as the Lonoke Lions Club and the Lonoke First Methodist Church, in the city-wide spring clean up. These volunteers […]

Police Reports – April 11, 2018

Traffic death • A Cabot man died in a two-vehicle accident April 7 on Hwy. 107 near Fortson Road in Faulkner County. Joe Lawrence, 54, was driving a 1995 Chevy Silverado south on Hwy. 107 at 2:57 p.m. The truck crossed the centerline and hit a 2016 Jeep Wrangler headed north on its front left. Lawrence was pronounced dead at […]

Middle school student named a Future Leader

Wyatt Forte, a fifth grader at Cabot Middle School South, recently participated in Rep. French Hill’s Future Leaders Council, which teaches pupils about government. He is the son of Denise and Michael Mayes of Cabot. Nine other students from central Arkansas participated in the program. Applications for the 2019 session are now being accepted. The students worked closely with the […]

National debate champ from Cabot

Leia Smith traces her success to forensics team in middle and high school.

Cabot High School 2014 graduate Leia Smith, last month, won the International Public Debate Association national season-long championships in the professional divisions for debate and for public speaking. Smith attends the University of Central Arkansas and will graduate in May with a bachelor’s in communications and public relations. She competed in nine tournaments across the country and was crowned with […]

State employee a candidate for Ward in council

Hefner running against incumbent Shaver for the Ward 2, Position 2 seat.

Ward resident Robin Hefner, who has been critical about high water and sewer bill rates and city spending, is running for city council in the November election. Robin Hefner is challenging council member Jeff Shaver for the Ward 2, Position 2. Shaver has been on the council for 16 years and is seeking re-election for his ninth term. Hefner said, […]

Ward will save on water with an early payoff

City will see its bill reduced $200,000 and can look to new sources.

Water, sidewalks and traffic signals were topics discussed at the Ward City Council meeting Monday. The council approved an early payoff of an allocation from Greers Ferry Lake the city obtained in 2009 in conjunction with Mid-Arkansas Water Alliance. The current payoff, which is good through April 23, is $140,006. Yearly cost of the allocation is around $11,500. Paying the […]

Sherwood sets goals for future

Residents will be asked at May 15 public workshop for their ideas about needs.

Working on a 2040 Sherwood Vision Plan, Garver Engineers Consultant James Waldren told the steering committee Monday that a public workshop was set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 at Sherwood Forest to help determine what kind of community residents want the city the work toward. Sherwood leaders are busy preparing for a tax-increase vote, but that effort is not […]

Alderman eyes city finances

City official seeks more transparency when it comes to salaries and collections.

Jacksonville Council Member Les Collins, in e-mails to the rest of the council and other city officials, is asking for a list of all job positions being paid more than $80,000, including benefits. He also wants a monthly breakdown of revenue flow. “I would also like to see the total benefits listed by position on the individual department budgets for […]

Lonoke to add more resource officers

City council approves a new contract to split costs with district and hire two more part-timers.

The Lonoke City Council on Monday approved a contract with the school district to put more officers in the schools for safety and security. Last month, the school board approved paying the police department $94,162, the full annual salaries of two full-time school resource officers. The district was paying the SRO salaries of $70,621 for the school year (nine months). […]