Jacksonville prepares for 2020 census

New mayor believes city has grown, assigns aide to make sure census officials get good count.

Jacksonville Mayor Bob Johnson believes if the city’s population count tops 30,000, it could bring in enough federal turnback money to substantially fix the municipal budget deficit. The 2010 census put Jacksonville’s population at 28,364. Estimates since then show growth of nearly 200 more, which could mean millions more in federal money. Johnson believes more growth has occurred as indicated […]

Cabot to partner with Habitat for Humanity in city

A development of new homes will be financed with a $3 million grant.

Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas and Cabot are partnering to help families afford new homes built in a pocket community. The city council on Monday passed a resolution allowing the city to apply for Community Development Block Grant funding through the state’s Community and Economic Development program. The council also passed a $12.7 million budget. Cabot Community and Economic […]

Growth in Cabot is led by hospital

A micro medical center, new fire station, Starbucks, Tractor Supply Co. coming.

Cabot has many new business developments and construction happening around town from national companies to locally owned operations set to open this year. Mayor Ken Kincade said, “This is only the beginning for 2019. We will be more diligent to bring opportunities to our city and community. The tax revenues will help the city to pay for what the citizens […]

New Lonoke mayor lays out his agenda

Reed calls for setting highest standards for city officials, such as civility, respect toward everyone.

In his first full city council meeting Monday night, new Lonoke Mayor Trae Reed asked the council to approve a code of ethics and to grasp the use of social media – Facebook, Twitter and You Tube – as a way to get the word out to residents. New Council Member Ryan Biles, who embraces social media, warned the council […]

Pay raise for part-time teachers

Board renewes contract of superintendent, pays to host basketball tournament.

The Carlisle School Board approved a resignation, new hire, state tournament payment and pay increase during their meeting on Monday. The board also approved a pay increase for part-time classified staff from $8.75 to $9.24 and to renew Superintendent Brad Horn’s contract. The board approved the resignation of math teacher Bradley Jackson and new hire of Ronnie Hart as longterm […]

Police Reports – Jan. 16, 2018

Jacksonville • Jacksonville police are investigating the identity of four suspects in the armed robbery of T-Ricks Citgo, 120 Marshall Road. The robbery occurred at 9:40 p.m. Monday. The suspects, all black men, wore masks and were armed with handguns. They took a cell phone, that was later recovered, and $675. They fled in a maroon four-door Kia Forte. Anyone […]

Obituaries – Jan. 16, 2019


Gloria Evans Gloria Evans, 88, of Jacksonville passed away Jan. 11. Gloria was born in Shawnee, Okla., to Willie and Leora George. She was survived by two sons, David (Vicky) and Steve (Pam); six grandchildren, Tracy, Sarah, Megan, Jenna, Scott and Michael; three sisters, Willa Oliver, Carolyn Nix and Mary Jane Disbury; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death […]

Shutdown hits battered farmers

Budget fights so far spares much of Arkansas, but not soybean market.

For all the federal presence in central Arkansas – Little Rock Air Force Base, Camp Robinson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – there’s little evidence of pain or disruption 25 days in from the government shutdown here. “Our lights are still on in the county,” said Trey Baldwin, Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde’s assistant, “and the county is still up […]

Federal workers get break on utility bills

NLR City Council lets federal employees skip utility bills for a month.

In a special called meeting scheduled within the regular North Little Rock City Council meeting Monday, members unanimously agreed to give any federal employees who are required to work without pay during the federal government shutdown a break on their North Little Rock electric bills. Basically, it defers their current bill payment up to 30 days without worry of a […]

500 airmen sent to Asia


By the end of the month, about 500 airmen from Little Rock Air Force Base will have deployed to Afghanistan. The air base has sent tens of thousands of airmen to assist in the mission there since Oct. 7, 2001, when the United States invaded Afghanistan to root out the Al Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban. The Central Asian […]