Tugboat ready for tours in NLR

World War II-era ship undergoes renovation, joins Razorback display.

With the installation of a few new wires and a splash of paint, the USS Hoga (YT-146) is now open and ready for partial public tours. The World War II-era tugboat is the last remaining Navy vessel to have been at Pearl Harbor. It found a home on the Arkansas River as part of North Little Rock’s Inland Maritime Museum, […]

Police Reports – October 9, 2019

Sherwood • Anthony Leslie, 36, of Gravel Ridge was arrested on Sept. 28 on drug charges. Police were called at 10:14 a.m. to Dollar General, 14929 Hwy. 107 for an unresponsive man in the driver’s seat of a Chevy Tahoe. Officers were able to wake Leslie, who was lethargic and had slurred speech. Leslie had a suspended driver’s license and […]

Obituary – October 9, 2019


Omer Hert Jr. Omer A. Hert Jr., 85 of Jacksonville passed from this life on Oct. 7. He served in both the Navy and the United States Air Force, from which he retired in 1972. Omer leaves behind his loving wife, Christine; a daughter, Kathey D’Amore (Denato); granddaughters, Danielle (Derek) and Dominique (Daniel); two great-granddaughters; a brother, Walt Hert and […]

Cybersecurity program gets big check

Education Foundation contributes $20,000 to cybersecurity program.

Work of the Jacksonville Education Foundation did not end with formation of the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District, as evidenced by the $20,000 gift it presented the district for enhancement of its cybersecurity program. According to foundation president Bart Gray, “This check (is) part of a multi-year financial commitment to JNPSD’s cybersecurity program. These funds will be utilized by JNPSD to […]

County clerk to be audited


The Lonoke County Quorum Court payroll accounting review committee last week recommended that the county request a state audit of County Clerk Dawn Porterfield’s office and train her staff to run her office more efficiently. The state put a lien on the county in June for $26,844 for $12,965 state income tax withholding due, penalties for $11,951 and interest charges […]

The Kurds betrayed


Second District Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.) was among the first Republicans to break with President Trump this week, calling the withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria “disastrous” as we leave behind our Kurdish allies, who have fought not only against ISIS but defended themselves against Turkish genocide for generations. When the Kurds fought in our behalf against ISIS, they […]

Former chief’s lawsuit delayed until April 2020

Fired Lonoke police chief wants $500,000 and says he was unfairly dismissed.

A former police chief’s lawsuit against Lonoke has been delayed again. It was scheduled, after three delays, for the end of the month, but is now set for April 2020. Fired Lonoke Police Chief Patrick Mulligan filed the suit almost two years ago stating he was unlawfully fired and demanding reinstatement and damages of more than $500,000. According to the […]

CabotFest returns this weekend

The 41-year-old festival Friday and Saturday in downtown Cabot will offer entertainment, food, carnival and more.

CabotFest returns on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12 in downtown Cabot with a wide range of activities and entertainment, food, vendors and a carnival. Admission to the festival is free. Cabot Chamber of Commerce events coordinator Gina Quattlebaum said, “We are excited to have entertainment on both nights with Battle of the Bands and wrestling on Friday and contemporary Christian […]

Major sports complex appears feasible

Smash It Sports hopes to build a 360-acre development near North Belt and includes 23 baseball and softball, soccer fields and more.

A feasibility study of a planned $50 million sports complex at Wooten Road and Hwy. 161 near I-440 in Jacksonville will be released this week or next. The 360-acre development – to be called Smashville if completed – calls for building 23 softball and baseball fields, soccer fields, hotels and restaurants. It is expected to bring in 500,000 visitors annually. […]

Grappling under the red sun

Tiptoe into any new endeavor and stay the course, the mere passage of time will make one better. Cannonball into the deep end and stay there, one must get better quickly. That’s the path chosen by Lady Badger wrestler Suravieve Robertson, and gotten better she has. In just her second year of competitive wrestling, Robertson won the 18-state Southern Plains […]