Police Reports – July 22, 2020

Traffic death • A man died Monday in a one-vehicle accident at 4:45 a.m. on Hwy. 107 in Pulaski County. The driver, (whose name and age were not listed on the crash summary) of a 1989 Ford F-150 truck was making a right turn from old Hwy. 5 onto Hwy. 107. The driver lost control, went off the road and […]

Sheriff lenient on masks

Staley decides enforcing governor’s order not worth it while virus continues to spread.

Lonoke County sheriff’s deputies will not issue citations to people who are not wearing face masks, but they will respond to businesses that need assistance removing violators. Masks have been controversial but are seen by experts as being vital to stopping the coronavirus from spreading further. President Trump on Monday called it patriotic to wear masks after months of often […]

Tax collections mostly up, but not in NLR

Most cities see uptick in revenue compared to same period as last year despite COVID-19 shutdown.

Even though individuals and business are suffering through the COVID-19 shutdowns and mask requirements, most area cities have seen an uptick in tax collections — not only for June, but the entire year. Lonoke, Sherwood, Jacksonville, Beebe and Cabot all reported gains. Only North Little Rock has seen a drop. June tax collections are actually April’s collections as all tax […]

Two senior units get $10,000 each

Lonoke Council on Aging and Jacksonville Senior and Wellness Center benefit.

The Lonoke County Council on Aging and the Jacksonville Senior Wellness and Activity Center were each awarded $10,000 grants from the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation’s COVID-19 emergency fund to help the senior centers provide additional frozen meals for their clients during the continuing coronavirus pandemic. DDAF director Chrissy Chatham said, “We saw a need in the state and felt […]

Obituary – July 22, 2020


Minnie Tims Minnie Pearl (Mason) Tims arrived to her eternal home on July 17. She was 80 years of age. Graveside services were conducted July 20 at Fakes Cemetery under the direction of Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home of McCrory (Woodruff County). Mrs. Tims was born in Augusta in Woodruff County on Dec. 5, 1939, the daughter of Luther Marvin Mason and […]

Nursing home in Jacksonville reports death of 19 patients

Local facility had most fatalities for elderly care, Health Department says.

As the state’s number of new COVID-19 cases increases by about 700 a day, a Jacksonville nursing home has posted the most virus deaths of any in the state. Nineteen former Woodland Hills Nursing Home residents have died of the COVID-19 virus, the highest number of such deaths for any nursing home in the state, according to the “Nursing Home […]

Schools cautious on reopening

Worry builds as the virus surges and experts believe campuses should stay closed.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson in-sists schools need to reopen next month even as many hospitals are becoming crowded with patients with COVID-19, which is about 10 times more deadly than the flu, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. The Arkansas Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics opposes in-person school reopenings. Cabot High School […]

Don’t reopen schools yet


President Trump at last declared that wearing a mask to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic is patriotic. He’s right. He waffled for months, frequently dismissing those who have worn masks, but finally he accepted that wearing masks is the most important tool to stop the spread. He said at a White House briefing Tuesday, “Get a mask. Whether […]

JNPSD’s model is praised

Education commission says Jacksonville’s plan to reopen should be followed.

Education Secretary Johnny Key on Tuesday bragged on Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District’s reopening plan using Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Covid update as an example other districts could draw from. Key also cited the Mountain Home, Stuttgart and Springdale districts. Of JNPSD, Key said, “In their plan they have a continuum of options that includes on-campus and remote learning, blended learning in […]