2019-10-02

District doing well on more diversity for teaching staff

Federal monitor finds JNPSD has implemented “full-court press” to hire more black teachers.

Since the court last considered the efforts of the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District in September 2018 to recruit black teachers, the district’s efforts may be sufficient to make it unitary in staffing even before the summer 2020 desegregation trial set for the court of U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall. That’s the takeaway from Desegregation Monitor Margie Powell’s report on […]

More reserves on mayor’s list

Jacksonville needs to put aside $1.1 million more for rainy day fund.

Jacksonville is trying to increase its reserves as recommended by the city’s outside auditors. McAlister and Associates spent months going over the city’s 2018 financial numbers in their independent audit and found two areas of concern — low reserves and inadequate purchasing rules. According to the audit, the city should maintain a 60-day reserve fund in case of emergencies. That […]

Obituaries – October 2, 2019

Mary Miller Mary Carolyn Miller, 94, formerly of Sherwood, passed away at her residence in Springdale on Sept. 27. She was born in 1925 in Sarasota, Fla., to Hazel Darling McKune and Norman George McKenzie Corson. Carolyn grew up in Hartford, Conn., with a love of the piano and classical music. At 14, she taught piano to underprivileged children. She […]

Sherwood chamber moves

New office space in heart of city is twice as big as the old location.

It’s a location change that places the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce right in the heart of the city. The chamber last week closed its old office on West Kiehl Avenue and officially moved its operation to the Metropolitan Realty and Development building, 7510 Hwy. 107, said Kellie Wall, the chamber’s executive director. “We needed more space,” Wall said before the move. […]

Crisis unit keeps many out of jail


Two of the seven guests at the Pulaski County Regional Crises Stabilization Unit on Monday morning sat around the table for a group therapy session with a psychologist and two interns, while nearby, nurses worked to identify resources to help support them when they leave. The unit is adjacent to the county detention center near the state Fairgrounds on Roosevelt, […]

City attorney sworn in

Ben Hooper takes over from retiring Taylor, but will have to run in 2020.

Cabot City Attorney Ben Hooper was sworn into office on Monday by Cabot District Court Judge Clint McGue at the city annex courtroom. Hooper, 38, was appointed last week by the city council to the fill the vacancy of former City Attorney Jim Taylor who announced his retirement and resigned after 12 years at the position. Hooper’s appointment runs to […]

Time is now for hospital

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We’re hearing comments from area residents that they’re not comfortable with the lack of an emergency department in Jacksonville. Many say they’re fine that the hospital has closed — North Metro’s reputation was such that very few made it their hospital of choice since Allegiance took over. The emergency department was another story and many residents, if not most, were […]

Hunter’s family hopes his story will save others

He passed away last month, 18 years after he fell out of a tree in the woods near his home in Beebe, paralyzed, wondering if he was a burden to his family.

Dwayne Faulk of Beebe was only a quarter of a mile from the main road. He could hear cars and even people, but it all might as well have been a thousand miles away. It was a frosty November morning in 2001, not far from his home, and Dwayne lay on his back in the woods, paralyzed. He would end […]

Jackrabbit teamwork reason for turnaround

Lonoke looks to continue its win streak when it hosts Bald Knob in the first conference home game of the year.

The Lonoke Jackrabbits made it two in a row and won its conference opener last Friday with a 32-12 road win over Heber Springs, now its back home to face the Bald Knob Bulldogs in another 4A-2 Conference matchup at James B. Abraham Stadium. The Jackrabbits got off to a terrible start to the season, losing badly in its scrimmage […]

NLR welcomes Wampus Cats

Charging Wildcats face tough test in first conference home game against Conway’s run game.

North Little Rock snapped a two-game losing streak in its conference opener last Friday by beating Little Rock Central 35-21. The Charging Wildcats play their 6A-Central Conference home opener this week against Conway. Some good news for the Charging Wildcats is they got Division I prospect running back Brandon Thomas, and Division I prospect defensive lineman Rashad Muhammad back for […]