Mayor names Lt. Hibbs new interim chief of ailing JPD

McCollough to remain captain but will no longer lead the department as state investigates suspect overtime pay that could have cost the city as much as $3.8 million.

With the state Legislature Audit looking into financial improprieties in the Jacksonville Police Department, Mayor Bob Johnson felt a need to make a change in the department’s leadership. Effective today, Lt. Brent Hibbs is the new interim chief. It will be the second time that a Hibbs as led the department. Lt. Hibbs’ father Larry Hibbs was police chief from […]

Police Reports – May 27, 2020

Sherwood • Breon Scroggins, 19, was arrested on May 18 and charged with aggravated assault on a family member. Police were called at 3:11 a.m. to The Links apartments, 3444 E. Kiehl Ave., for a domestic disturbance. Officers went to the apartment and located Scroggins inside. The victim flagged down police at 525 Kiehl Ave. The victim left the apartment […]

JNPSD employee tests positive for COVID-19

Jacksonville school worker has contracted the coronavirus but district sees little risk to others.

The COVID-19 virus has finally come to the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District, with the first employee testing positive, according to Cheesa Williams, the district’s media specialist. The district is following protocols, informing people known to have been in contact with the infected person and encouraging them to get tested and to self-quarantine as a precaution. “To our knowledge, no students […]

NLR has smaller tax haul in March

County collections rise as mayor says revenue drop not as bad many had feared.

The North Little Rock sales tax collections in March were a mixed bag, with county revenues up while city tax collections are down. City sales tax collections dropped by about $93,000, or about 3.1 percent, in March, the most recent available, while the city’s portion of the Pulaski County collections were up by about 2.2 percent or $25,500. Mayor Joe […]

Q&A with council candidates

Early voting begins next week in race with Mike Dietz, Jeff Elmore, Patrick Thomas.

Three Jacksonville businessmen are candidates to fill the vacant Ward 1, Pos. 1 seat on the city council. It opened up when Council Member Kenny Elliott retired in December. Whoever wins will serve through December 2022 and will be eligible for re-election. Mike Dietz, Jeff Elmore and Patrick Thomas are running for the seat. The special election will be held […]

Ort in key roles at ArDOT

Highway department’s second in command is a native of North Little Rock.

For about 32 years, Randy Ort was the Arkansas Department of Transportation’s official frontman. This past March, Ort was promoted to Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer. Whether on television handling questions from the press or updating an audience on the latest ARDOT project in their area, the Sherwood resident has been one of the department’s most familiar faces. “As […]

NLR library to cut budget 6 percent

Employees’ salaries and benefits won’t be affected by plan to reduce spending.

The William F. Laman Public Library Board had discussed cutting its budget 10 percent, but last week members decided to reduce it to 6 percent. The library expenses are about $3 million annually, with approximately $2 million spent on employee salaries and benefits. Library Director Crystal Gates said, “The cut didn’t include employee salaries or benefits.”  None of the library […]

Obituaries – May 27, 2020


Rachel Gunter Rachel Lea Gunter, 84, of Butlerville passed away May 19.  Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 29 at A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 W. Main St. in Jacksonville. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30 at Salem Cemetery in Butlerville. In light of the current health concerns, Rachel’s family thanks […]

CDC hires top doctor

Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s COVID-19 briefings with Dr. Nate Smith, the state Health Department director, have educated Arkansans about our daily battles against the deadly virus. Those briefings are especially important now as the number of positive cases continues to rise. The state recorded more than 1,160 new cases since the middle of last week, which both the governor and Dr. […]