Sen. Cotton visits Cabot school as reopening looms

Eastside Elementary shows him how it’s prepared to stop coronavirus from spreading.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) toured Eastside Elementary on Friday to learn how the Cabot School District is preparing for the challenges of educating kids during the COVID-19 pandemic. The district spent $1.2 million getting its schools ready to reopen amid the coronavirus outbreak. It has 11-percent of its students in K-12 enrolled in digital learning at home. Enrollment as of […]

Census deadline cut short a month

Pandemic dealt setback to Jacksonville’s effort to conduct the 10-year population count.

On Tuesday, census workers will begin knocking on doors of homes whose residents have not yet responded to the census as many communities scramble to complete the census after the counting period was cut short by a month. Sept. 30 is the last day to submit census forms, which can be done online, by mail or over the phone with […]

District ready for reopening, Duffie reports

No substitute for in-class learning, superintendent tells governor during virus update.

Superintendent Bryan Duffie of the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District appeared at Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s daily corononavirus briefing at the state Capitol on Friday and said Jacksonville’s schools are ready to reopen Aug. 24. “We’re ready to offer in-class instruction and virtual instruction as needed,” Duffie said. “We recognize for many of our kids and families, there’s no substitute for in-class learning with […]

Cabot considers installing its own internet cables

City officials say residents are fed up with poor service from Suddenlink and want to give options for high-speed internet.

Cabot officials are considering building a municipal-owned broadband network to offer residents an option for reliable Internet service. Mayor Ken Kincade and the city council plan to hold a virtual and in-person town hall meeting to see if residents are ready to extend a bond issue and use the sales tax to fund building a municipal broadband infrastructure. The city […]

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Obituaries – Aug. 8, 2020

Shirley Jean Babb Our beloved mother, Shirley Jean Babb (nee Dorsey), passed from this life on July 31 at the home of her granddaughter in North Logan, Utah. Family was at her bedside when she was called home to Heaven. Shirley was born July 15, 1936, in Champaign, Ill., to Robert Rollin Dorsey and Rhuhama Lavina Everett. She married William […]

Police Reports – Aug. 8, 2020

Jacksonville • Charles Townsend, 43, of 700 Poplar St., was arrested on July 30 and charged with possession of methamphetamine. Police were called at 4:25 a.m. for a suspicious person at 701 Poplar St. Police spoke with Townsend, who had a warrant in Jacksonville and from the parole board. He was taken into custody and searched. He was found with […]

Working until last minute as director

LaConda Watson steps down as head of Boys and Girls Club, but still preparing for its future.

Friday was LaConda Watson’s last day as director the Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club. On Monday, she will join the governor’s communications team at the Capitol. The club closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It briefly welcomed back kids over the summer with several precautions in place including requiring they wear masks, frequently disinfecting surfaces and keeping them […]