Rapid Rabbit progress under new coach

Lonoke football team looks strong in early part of team camp at Vilonia.

New Lonoke football coach Harry Wright has been pleased with his team’s progress in learning an entire new system since he took over at the very end of the school year. He took the Jackrabbits to their third team camp at Vilonia on Wednesday. It was the hottest camp day so far, and while he was pleased with many things […]

Cabot Juniors earn first win

Bankers beat Gwatney Chevrolet

The Cabot-Centennial Bank Junior American Legion team picked up its first win of the season on Wednesday, and did it impressively. The Bankers went on the road and beat the Jacksonville-Gwatney Chevrolet Chevy Boys 4-0 at Dupree Park. Jacksonville was 11-1 going into the game, and its only loss was to the Morrilton Senior American Legion team. Cabot, now 1-11, […]

Thousands of homes lose power in storm

Work crews cut downed trees as rain and wind ripped through area, leaving many without electricity.

A storm packing 67-mile-an-hour winds Wednesday night knocked out power in thousands of homes, including about 2,000 homes in Jacksonville and downed several trees, according to Public Works Director Jimmy Oakley. An enormous oak tree fell on the Robinson family’s home on Ray Road around 9:30 p.m. The downed tree caused a gas leak that required evacuating residents around his […]

Cabot puts 5 percent liquor tax on private club sales

Council considering the first sewer rate increase in 18 years to reach new customers and improve infrastructure.

The Cabot City Council approved an ordinance on Monday to place a 5 percent tax on alcoholic beverages sold by private clubs. The tax on serving chilled beer and wine and mixed drinks will be collected monthly on the gross sales receipts of the 15 private clubs licensed in the city. It will take effect in the fall. Mayor Ken […]

Lonoke QC session gets heated

County officials exchange angry words over mishandling of payments, but penalty waived.

Tensions at a Lonoke County Quorum Court budget committee meeting Tuesday turned ugly with cussing, finger pointing, perceived threats and police reports filed by JP Tate House after he felt threatened by Lonoke County Judge Doug Erwin over the tax dispute. The committee met to hear an update about resolving an ongoing penalty issue between the county and the Internal […]

Don’t unleash pit bull ban now

Sometimes I’m dense and even a little slow in figuring out things – my family has a box load of stories that would point this out. But follow me, if you will, on the idea of lifting the pit bull ban in Jacksonville. Am I dense and slow or does the reasoning behind lifting the ban really not make sense? […]

Commanders on the move


During a change-of-command ceremony on Thursday, Little Rock Air Force Base commander Col. Gerald Donohue will hand the guidon to Col. John Schutte, who is now vice commander of the 314th Airlift Wing. Donohue has led the 19th Airlift Wing for two years and is headed for a job at the Pentagon. His son, Gerald, was salutatorian of this year’s […]

Grant boosts effort to save downtown

$25,000 in seed money will help local group start rebuilding efforts for railroad stations and other projects.

The Jacksonville Historical District has received a grant for its museum, is preparing to lay the foundation for the Jacksonville train depot, and taking nominations for its citizens of the year banquet. The district recently received a $25,000 Community Development Block Grant to redo the roof and make other repairs on the old Jim’s Pawn Shop at the east end […]

A&P’s tax haul at 5-year low

Fewer hotel guests and diners at restaurants mean less money for promotions.

Based on the intake of hotel and prepared food taxes, people are not staying or eating in Jacksonville like they used to. The latest tax figures are the lowest collections in at least five years. The April tax records, the most recent available, which City Finance Director Cheryl Erkel reported to the Advertising and Promotion Commission on Monday, showed dropping […]

NLR pupils at Lighthouse


June 14 was the last day of classes at Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School, which welcomed 260 Capital City Lighthouse Charter School students in North Little Rock after the Arkansas River had flooded much of their campus earlier this month. North Little Rock students have been at the Jacksonville Lighthouse campus on North First Street since June 3. Jacksonville Lighthouse could […]