Sherwood bridge to be replaced

City will share cost of putting in a new bridge on Oneida with Jacksonville and Pulaski County.

The Sherwood City Council agreed to partner up with Jacksonville and Pulaski County to cover the $118,000 engineer and design cost for a new Oneida Bridge. The old bridge is deficient and only personal vehicles are allowed to cross. But it is uncertain who actually owns the bridge, and that will have to be determined before construction can start, according […]

Hwy. 89 project: Mayor for, judge opposed to plan

Cypert wants a better corridor, but Hyde against road going through county.

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde wants no part of a 41.8-mile, $253.4 million Hwy. 89 corridor upgrade of mostly existing roads connecting Cabot to Mayflower and Conway through rural Pulaski County and neither do the residents, he said on Thursday. Actually, he doesn’t mind the part where a dangerous portion of Hwy. 89 is improved for about 2.3 miles west […]

Lonoke County refuses recount

Candidate acted too late as Pedersen is declared winner with 577 majority.

The Lonoke County Election Commission on Wednesday denied assessor candidate Teresa Cruise’s written request for a vote recount because it was not done within two days after the preliminary voting total was given and was not turned into the election commission last Friday as required by law. Cruise told the commission she could not stay up till 3 a.m. after […]

Department meets new police chief

Former Chicagoan takes over as Jacksonville’s top cop in swearing-in ceremony.

John Franklin, Jacksonville’s new police chief, was sworn into duty on Friday with an air of excitement at the police department. Franklin, 59, said, “I’m looking forward to jumping into the fray, meeting the members of the police department and making life better for all of Jacksonville. I will meet with the community organizations, churches, the school board and the […]

Police Reports – June 2, 2018

Sherwood • Monique Johnson, 37, was arrested for allegedly hitting her boyfriend in the head with a brick. Police were called at 5:03 p.m. to 115 Eubanks Road, Apt. E. The victim was outside holding a bloody napkin and said Johnson hit him. Johnson said she and the victim were arguing. She got upset and threw a rock at him. The victim told […]

Ward’s council approves funds

City to spend $136,000 for a generator and transfer switch for new sewer plant.

The Ward City Council held a special meeting on Wednesday approving the purchase a $136,000 generator and transfer switch for the new $5.8 million wastewater treatment plant under construction along Hwy. 367. The new sewer plant is scheduled to begin operating by October. The backup generator is required by the state Department of Health. The purchase was delayed in January […]

JHS nurtures cybersecurity


Jacksonville High School is set to have one of the best cybersecurity education programs in the country and the first high school with such a program. Gov. Asa Hutchinson recently delivered a $377,812 check that will pay for about half of the cost of establishing the four-year curriculum that’s intended to put students on a career path after graduating or […]

Obituaries – June 2, 2018


William ‘Willie’ Alberson William (Willie) Joseph Alberson of Eureka Springs, a loving father, son and master electrician, went to his heavenly home on May 20. He was 37 years old. Willie was born on Oct. 12, 1980, in Jacksonville. He lived in Butlerville as a baby then moved to Cabot. He was a good kid, playing baseball, soccer, basketball and […]

Cabot junior team’s rally lost in eighth

Centennial Bank squad overcomes big deficit, but loses in extra innings.

The Centennial Bank junior American Legion team battled all the way back from a 6-0 deficit to force extra innings, only to come up short in an 8-7 loss to Conway Fieldhouse on Wednesday in the first round of the Gwatney Chevrolet Invitational at Jacksonville’s Dupree Park. Conway scored one run in the first inning, four in the second and […]

Gwatney beats Benton

Jacksonville takes two for win in last inning

Jacksonville’s Gwatney Chevrolet junior American Legion team won its home opener on Thursday, beating Benton Sports Shop 10-9 after falling behind and then jumping ahead by five runs in the first inning at Dupree Park. Patience at the plate was the key to the bulk of scoring for both teams. Sports Shop got three walks and one base hit to […]