Air base lands at Normandy


A team from Little Rock Air Force Base helped commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day earlier this month. It’s now become an annual tradition as local airmen help recreate Operation Overlord, the code name for D-Day, which involved hundreds of thousands of service members, thousands of ships, along with hundreds of bombers and transport planes, such as the C-47 Skytrains, […]

Council speaks against pit bulls

Four members oppose changing Jacksonville’s rules about volatile breed.

Four city council members aldermen clearly came out against lifting or easing the ban on pit bulls in the city limits of Jacksonville, while another wants to wait until the revised ordinance comes back for council review. Council members Terry Sansing, Barbara Mashburn, Reedie Ray and Kenny Elliott do not want the ban to be lifted, while Council Member Les […]

Pot dispensary in Sherwood to seek permit in brother’s name

Cabot man’s brother wants to change license to himself after kin dies.

A Sherwood medical marijuana dispensary will break ground this week and plans to open by September. Natural Relief Dispensary, at 3107 E. Kiehl Ave., is one of 32 medical marijuana dispensaries the state issued licenses to in January. The awardees competed against 198 other applicants for the top spots. Natural Relief Dispensary submitted its $15,000 license fee and $100,000 bond […]

Murder suspects at large

North Little Rock man is killed and a woman is abducted from trailer.

The suspects remain at large in the June 15 home invasion at 3507 E. Washington Ave. that resulted in the murder of James Harold Griffin, 54, and the abduction of Susan Lee Smith, 35. North Little Rock Police Department detectives believe this was an isolated incident and poses is no threat to the community, said Amy Cooper, North Little Rock […]

Ward council member resigns

Replacement sought for Scott, who had been active in the community.

Six months into her first term as a Ward City Council member, Chastity Scott has resigned because she is moving out of town. Scott posted in the Concerned Citizens of Ward and Austin Facebook group Saturday that “it has been my pleasure and honor to serve this community as an elected city council member, but due to unforeseen personal matters, […]

Obituaries – June 19, 2019


Iris Allen Iris Allen, 87, was born in the village of Fishburn, County Durham, England on May 20, 1932, and entered Heaven’s gates on June 16, surrounded by her loved ones while in hospital, under hospice care. Iris was the tenth child of James William Wilkinson and Isabella Taylor, both of Fishburn. She was proudly British and called herself “a […]

VFW recycles 1.2M pull tabs in fundraiser

Post collects over 700 pounds of aluminum pull tabs to help sick children.

Jacksonville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4548 on Thursday donated 1.2 million aluminum can pull tabs, weighing over 700 pounds, to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas in Little Rock. Ronald McDonald House, a nonprofit organization, collects pull tabs from sodas, beer and energy drinks and sells the pull tabs to a scrap metal dealer for recycling. The money is […]

Summer reading fun in Cabot

School district, library team up for program that continues until June 28.

The Cabot School District and the Cabot Public Library have partnered together for this year’s summer reading program that continues through June 28. A family fun night will be held starting at 5 p.m. Saturday at the high school campus. Admission is free, but one must be enrolled in the summer reading program and have their Bingo card for entry. […]

Commander set to move to Pentagon

Col. Donohue thanks community for its support as he prepares to take a new post in Washington and relinquish command to Col. Schutte of 314th AW.

After serving as the 19th Airlift Wing commander for two years, Col. Gerald “Gyro” Donahue on June 27 will hand the reins to Col. John Schutte, the 314th Airlift Wing’s vice commander. It’s the first time in recent history that the new commander will be coming from inside the base. Donahue came here in 2017 from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, […]

Car thief had troubled past

Family sought treatment for alcoholism and paranoia for man shot at dealership.

The burglary suspect who was shot and killed by police at Crain Ford in Jacksonville on Thursday night was suicidal, had a drinking problem, robbed a south Arkansas bank last month and was about to be committed to a mental institution by his family. Jacksonville resident Tra-mon Savage, 22, of 207 S. Hospital Drive, Apt. B104, died after police shot […]