New school: Lester Elementary is dedicated

Jacksonville will open its first new traditional school in 37 years on the first day of school Monday when children enter the $16.5 million Bobby G. Lester Elementary. The last school to open was Murrell Taylor Elementary in 1981. On Wednesday, the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District held a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour for Lester Elementary, 601 Harris Road. The […]

ABC reviews cinema’s liquor request

Comment period continues on Cabot movie theater’s application to serve beer and wine as private club.

The Cabot Silver Screen VIP cinema’s private club application is under review by the state Alcohol Beverage Control board. ABC received Silver Screen’s application and letter of support from the Cabot City Council last week, according to the state Department of Finance and Administration communications director Scott Hardin. “There is a 30-day minimum for public comments before the director, Mary […]

August kicks off with downpours

Thunderstorms create outages and cause leaks at new elementary school.

A hot July has given away to a cool, stormy and wet August so far. Three days of rains and storms have dropped close to three inches of rain in central and north central Arkansas, with some spots getting five or more inches, and causing a number of outages from Little Rock to Searcy. Hardest hit in rural north Pulaski […]

Allegiance hit for bad billing

For the third time in five years, the operator of local hospital made false claims.

Allegiance Health Management of Shreveport, La., is in trouble with the U.S. Justice Department for the second time in three months and the third time in five years. The company used to manage North Metro Medical Center in Jacksonville. Allegiance owner Rock Bordelon and one of its top officers, Don Cameron, now own and operate the Jacksonville hospital, along with […]

Contested race for city attorney

Deputy prosecutor Ben Hooper challenging Cabot incumbent Jim Taylor.

Cabot and Austin candidates running for elected city positions continue to file to be on the ballot in the November general election. The candidate filing period ends at noon Friday at the Lonoke County Clerk’s Office. Cabot • Lonoke County deputy prosecutor Ben Hooper is running for city attorney. He is challenging Jim Taylor, who said he plans to seek […]

Obituary – Aug. 11, 2018


Tim Bevill Tim Bevill, 48, of Austin went to be with Jesus after passing away at home Aug. 3. He was born Jan. 23, 1970, in Beebe. Tim graduated from Cabot High School in 1989 and later received his welding technology certificate from ASU-Beebe in 2008. Tim enjoyed hunting, fishing, animals, nature and grilling food for family and friends. He […]

Urban Meyer is big fat liar

Politicians get away with lying a lot, but perhaps not as much as big-time NCAA coaches. Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer’s constantly changing story on how much he knew about his wife-beating assistant coach Zach Smith is the latest in a long history of football coaches being caught lying, and just making up another lie to cover the first […]

Cabot Legion baseball growing

Centennial Bank program is adding undetermined number of teams starting next season.

The Cabot American Legion baseball program is making some major changes that will be implemented during the coming season. The program is going to expand, how much will depend on participation and other issues to be worked out with the city parks and recreational department. One major change will be to include what program leaders are calling a “Select” team, […]