Jacksonville back in state

Gwatney Chevrolet baseball team qualified for the Junior state tournament on Monday.

Finding a way has been the mantra of the Gwatney Chevrolet Junior American Legion team for two years, starting with an improbable run to the state championship game last summer. The Chevy Boys punched their ticket to this year’s state tournament on Monday with one of baseball’s most exciting plays, the suicide squeeze. Jacksonville beat Mountain Home 3-2 in the […]

Wildcat sprinter officially with UA

North Little Rock’s Kennedy Lightner among 23 on list of signees released by Hog coach.

North Little Rock’s state record breaker Kennedy Lightner signed an NCAA letter of intent to run track for the storied University of Arkansas program on Monday. Lightner had verbally committed to being a Razorback months ago, and UA head coach Chris Buckner made it official with the release of a list of 23 new signees earlier this week. Lightner broke […]

Banker errors end Cabot’s year

Centennial Bank junior team out in third round of district

Errors were the doom of the Cabot Junior American Legion team’s hopes of making this weekend’s state tournament. The Centennial Bank squad hosted the Area 2 tournament last weekend, and won its opening round game. But the Bankers committed 15 errors in its next two games combined, falling 15-5 to Mountain Home and 10-6 to Batesville to close out the […]

Fridge not needed at ballpark

Through three days of baseball at the Area 2 Junior American Legion tournament in Cabot last weekend, not a single player showed the slightest sign of poor sportsmanship or bad behavior. Outside the fence was a different story. Tournament workers, who are all volunteers, dealt with numerous entitled parents and fans who think rules they don’t like should not apply […]

Lonoke fed up with pit bulls

Officials will crack down on the banned breed as more ignore prohibition.

Lonoke will begin stronger enforcement of the city’s ban on pit-bull dogs. Animal control supervisor Jim Ed Ransom talked on Monday about the pit-bull problems at the council meeting. “People with pit bulls need to leave town with them. We have a bad problem with them. People are breeding them and are advertising them for sale on Facebook,” Ransom said. […]

Petition drive to replace mayor

Need 523 signatures, but residents have already collected 153 names.

Already 153 people have signed an online petition calling for the recall of embattled Beebe Mayor Mike Robertson. The website change.org includes a petition called “Mike Robertson the mayor of Beebe needs to be removed.” It was posted anonymously and claims to need 523 signatures from Beebe residents in order to end Robertson’s current term. It is unclear if the […]

Innovative education program

Pulaski County school districts adopt Next Generation curriculum to help their students succeed.

As luck would have it – and some define luck as “preparation meeting opportunity”– the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District had already embarked on an educational model to prepare students either for college or other certified career pathways when the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce came calling. Throughout the country, there are 541 career academies, including certified nursing assistant, cybersecurity […]

Changes at Thea Foundation

Founder Paul Leopoulos stepped down as head of the nonprofit arts group.

Paul Leopoulos, executive director of the Thea Foundation in North Little Rock, stepped down last week. He led the nonprofit arts group since 2001, when he and his wife, Linda, founded it. Thea Foundation’s mission is to advocate the importance of the arts in the development of Arkansas’ youth. Paul Leopoulos will stay involved at the foundation, calling this transition […]

NLR school to help dropouts

City council approves charter campus to help students who struggle to get their diplomas.

The North Little Rock City Council on Monday approved Responsive Education Solutions’ request to open a charter school for students in ninth through 12th grades who have dropped out or are struggling to meet academic demands. Premier High School North Little Rock will be located at 801 W. 29th St. and is scheduled to open in August for the 2019-20 […]

Reading tests disconcerting


Forget Iran, China and Russia. We need to declare war against the inability to read. We need to do it as a nation, and we definitely need to do it as a state. Until the mindset becomes that of war or a race to the moon, most of our children will teeter on being illiterate. In recently released ACT Aspire […]