Police Reports – Jan. 16, 2021

Traffic death • Jeana Blankenship, 51, of Hazen died on Jan. 12 in a one-vehicle accident on Hwy. 38 in Lonoke. Blankenship was driving a 2000 Ford Explorer at 3:47 p.m. on Hwy. 38 at Blackjack Road in Butlerville. The SUV ran off the road to the right. Blankenship overcorrected and the Explorer rolled over several times. The weather was […]

Lonoke PD buys two new vehicles

Police Chief Matt Edwards will buy Dodge Chargers that cost about $25,000 each.

Lonoke Police Chief Matt Edwards was preparing his first anniversary report as the city’s top cop and feeling pretty good about the department’s accomplishments when two of his patrol vehicles suffered “catastrophic mechanical issues.” So instead of reporting on the significant drop in crime, Edwards had to get permission from the council to buy two new police Chargers at about […]

Amazon brings windfall to NLR

Permit fee tops $330,000 for the online retail giant’s facility, which is under construction in North Little Rock.

As Amazon moved forward with its construction plans for its newest distribution facility at 13001 U.S. Hwy. 70, North Little Rock received nearly $330,000 plan review and permit fees. SunTrust bought the land for $2.7 million and will lease it to Amazon. According to the commercial building permit application dated Oct. 23 and submitted by the Assistant Project Manager Jorge […]

COVID-19 shots offered at many sites next week

Vaccines will start becoming available at local pharmacies for people 70 or older, along with educators. UAMS is also offering the shots.

Cynthia B. Skinner would go back to work as a nursing home supervisor, if only she could get a Covid-19 vaccination. Skinner, 80, said she’s searched high and low and has been frustrated by lack of information regarding vaccinations. “This is ridiculous,” said the registered nurse who lives in Jacksonville. “This city is one-third ancient.” Just in the past couple […]

COVID-19 continues to rise

State reports 25,613 active cases, 267,635 cumulative infections, 4,263 dead as giving shots still a challenge.

Even as President-elect Joe Biden promises to push out all available COVID-19 vaccines and to nationalize businesses to manufacture more, Gov. Asa Hutchinson has expressed disappointment in the slow rollout of vaccine in Arkansas. Hutchinson this week appointed former National Guard commander Lt. Col. Ator to oversee the logistics involved in getting vaccine out to the right places in the […]

Obituaries – Jan. 16, 2020


David Fanning David Price Fanning was born July 21, 1938, in Roanoke, Va., to the late William Herbert Fanning and Cecil Catherine Morehead. He passed away on Jan. 8 in Sherwood. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Wayne Fanning (Katie), Carl Fanning (Glenna), Jean Fanning, Herbert Fanning and Linda Nelson. He is survived by his loving wife of […]

Late run lifts Wampus Cats

No call on Cabot’s last shot helps Conway escape

The Cabot Panthers had an upset in their grasp on Tuesday, but a Conway run down the stretch and a controversial ending left the boys’ basketball team with a 55-52 loss to the Wampus Cats in a 6A-Central matchup at Panther Arena. The Panthers led 50-41 halfway through the fourth quarter before Conway went on a 14-2 run to close […]

Maumelle defeats JHS with late trey

A 3-pointer with six seconds left drops Titans to 0-3 in conference play.

The Jacksonville Titans dropped to 0-3 in conference play for the first time in almost 20 years, losing 59-56 at Maumelle. Hornet senior Carl Daughtery, who was coming off a 35-point performance in his previous outing, made a 3-pointer with six seconds remaining and Jacksonville missed at the buzzer. It was the epitome of a back-and-forth game, featuring 10 ties […]

Bears get another big victory

Sylvan Hills opens double-digit lead in first quarter, maintains it throughout in home win over Little Rock Christian.

Only two undefeated teams remained in the 5A-Central Conference after Sylvan Hills claimed a 78-62 victory over Little Rock Christian Academy on Tuesday in Sherwood. Neither team had lost a conference game going into Tuesday. Only the Bears and Maumelle remain unbeaten after the Hornets toppled Jacksonville on a last-second shot. Sylvan Hills got leading scorer Nick Smith Jr. back […]

Wildcats coast to win over LR-SWH

North Little Rock boys and girls run away early and keep running in massive blowout wins.

Southwest Little Rock brought little in the way of resistance when it arrived at North Little Rock High School on Tuesday. The No. 1 ranked Charging Wildcat boys’ basketball team dominated the Gryphons 82-36 in a 6A-Central matchup. Southwest actually scored first and North Little Rock didn’t get on the scoreboard for two minutes. A Charles Maris 3-pointer put North […]