Police sergeant named top cop

Attorney general recognizes Cabot Sgt. Thomas as Lonoke County officer of the year for his service to the community and professionalism since 2005.

The Arkansas Attorney General’s Office at last month’s Law Enforcement Summit in Benton named Cabot Police Sgt. Calvin Thomas the 2019 Lonoke County law-enforcement officer of the year. He received a certificate for his recognition. Thomas has been with Cabot police for 14 years, starting his law enforcement career in 2005. He graduated from North Pulaski High School in 2000. […]

City budget could rise if funds found funds found

Jacksonville mayor proposes $22.5 million spending for 2020, wants to increase spending for police, fire, 911, public works, courts, but needs more revenue.

Jacksonville Mayor Bob Johnson introduced his first proposed budget at the last council meeting, and it’s more than $2 million above projected revenues with all departments seeing an increase, especially the police department. The proposed budget shows $22.5 million in expenses, but just $20 million in revenue. It must be balanced in order to be approved by the council. Johnson […]

That train keeps a rollin’

Railroad history buffs gathered on Thursday at Union Pacific’s North Little Rock maintenance facility at 1000 W. Fourth St., taking photos of the restored 78-year-old Big Boy No. 4014 steam engine locomotive during a stop on its Southwest tour. The massive locomotive, which is the biggest in the world, is the only Big Boy still operating. Big Boy is 132 […]

More fun added to street festival

Cheese-dip competition added to new festival in Jacksonville on April 25.

Jacksonville’s third annual Fun at Five Points Street Festival on April 25 will include a new event — the Jacksonville Cheese Dip Championship. The festival will also include a display by Jacksonville Historical District celebrating the 150th anniversary of the railroad’s arrival to the city. The Fun at Five Points Street Festival draws people to Main Street downtown to enjoy […]

Several races across area


The election-filing period ended at high noon Tuesday and after the smoke cleared, several contested races were set. State Sen. Jane English (R-North Little Rock) drew a challenge in her bid for a third term in Dist. 34 from Alisa Blaize Dixon, retired teacher and a Democrat, who is also from North Little Rock. The district includes North Little Rock, […]


NLR preparing 2020 budget

Committee considers spending plan for next year to include road work.

The North Little Rock City Council’s Budget Committee wrapped up its discussion of the 2020 budget proposal on Tuesday. After four adjustments to the first version of the budget given to city council members at their last meeting, the 2020 budget projects city spending at $72,059,173 with revenues expected to be around $72,061,425. “That’s a difference of $2,249.32. We’re still […]

Police Reports – November 16, 2019

Cabot • Jeffery Brown, 49, of 1055 Mount Carmel Road was arrested on Oct. 31 on drug charges. Police made a traffic stop at 10:05 p.m. at the Northside trailer park, 1000 W. Locust St., on a red 2016 Dodge Charger speeding 45 mph in a 25 mph zone. Officers asked Brown for his driver’s license and said he only […]

Developer buys more NLR land

City sells property for sprawling development along Arkansas River.

During their regular meeting, North Little Rock City Council members unanimously approved selling city-owned property at 1206 W. Fourth St. to Riverwalk Properties for $50,000. The property is next to the company’s Rockwater Village development, now under construction, that includes free-standing homes and apartments, along the Arkansas River and will be used for the construction of about 12 multi-level townhouses. […]

Panthers pull away after half

Third-quarter run lifts Cabot boys over Nettleton

The first and fourth quarters were played evenly, but the Cabot Panthers dominated the middle rounds in their 66-47 victory over the Nettleton Raiders Tuesday night in Jonesboro. The Panthers trailed by one at the end of the first quarter and still only led by one more than halfway through the second, but started their run from there. With Cabot […]