Chamber is on board

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce's board of directors on Thursday voted to support the city's efforts aimed at getting its own school district ahead of a Sept. 16 election asking residents to break away from the Pulaski County Special School District.

Ward's tax vote

Ward voters will decide in November if the city should raise its sales tax from 1 cent up to 2 cents.

Pupils need recess break

Just when it seemed the Pulaski County Special School was doing right, it turns right around and does something stupid — it has taken away recess at the elementary level. [FULL TEXT]

School-year excitement

As students return to school on Monday and Jacksonville voters count down to Sept. 16 to form their own district, we can't recall a more exciting start to any school year.

The future it up to us

We've said it before: Jacksonville puts "unity" in community.
Finally, local control of our schools is within our grasp.

Genocide threatens minorities

A huge humanitarian disaster was unfolding last month while the western world and much of the media looked away. They focused on a tiny area on the Mediterranean controlled by a group of Moslem fanatics, who have held their own people hostage while provoking another senseless war with Israel. [FULL TEXT]

Strategy put own people in line of fire

A ceasefire seems to be holding in Gaza after a month of hostilities that killed and wounded 10,000 Palestinians – while fewer than 100 Israelis were killed and injured – in the wake of another monumental Arab military failure. [FULL TEXT]

Her niece one plane ahead of fatal flight

Hedy Wuelling, who runs the Jacksonville Animal Shelter, follows the news of the downed Malaysian airliner on Dutch websites because she's from Holland. [FULL TEXT]

VA isn't the only problem

It's never a good time to visit a government office, where they're usually understaffed and busy. You might stand in line for 20 minutes at the post office, but you can always come back later — unlike thousands of sick veterans who sit for hours waiting for medical attention at VA hospitals. [FULL TEXT]

New records from Thelonious Monk, Rosanne Cash

Alfred Lion, a refugee from Nazi Germany, founded Blue Note Records in New York on Jan. 6, 1939, when he recorded the boogie-woogie pianists Albert Ammons and Meade (Lux) Lewis after hearing them at the historic "From Spirituals to Swing" concert at Carnegie Hall in New York the month before. [FULL TEXT]

Young girl asks Santa for a very special gift

When my friend Jack Sallee was with the Jaycees in Fayetteville, they'd put an ad in the paper at Christmastime saying that for $2 you could have Santa come to your place. [FULL TEXT]

For Cash, debut in the Rock

Rosanne Cash made her Little Rock debut at a soldout show Nov. 23 at South on Main Restaurant, which is bringing world-class performers to the southern end of downtown in the space where Juanita's used to be. [FULL TEXT]

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August 23, 2014



The C-130 Hercules reaches a milestone today, marking the 60th anniversary of its first flight at Burbank, Calif., in 1954. The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base on Thursday received another C-130J Super Hercules airlifter. Brig. Gen. Brian Robinson, former commander of the 19th Airlift Wing here, now vice commander of the 618th Air and Space Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center) at Scott AFB, Ill., flew the aircraft from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga. The 61st, which has operated C-130s since 1956, is part of Air Mobility Command's 19th Airlift Wing. According to Lockheed Martin, more than 2,500 C-130s have been ordered or delivered to 63 nations. It has the longest, continuous military aircraft production run in history. There are approximately 80 C-130H/J models on the flightline at LRAFB, making the base home to more than 20 percent of the total Air Force C-130 fleet. The Herk is a workhorse for combat airlift, capable of operating from rough dirt strips, and is the prime transport for airdropping troops and equipment into hostile areas.

Metro Trends figures show positive trend

IN SHORT: Jacksonville rebounds since 2010, most others continue to grow. [FULL TEXT]

Minimum wage debated

IN SHORT: Proposal could be on the November ballot, but it has critics. [FULL TEXT]

Local church donates gear to JMS

The Jacksonville Middle School volleyball team received a check Tuesday from McArthur Assembly of God to buy Nike shoes for the team. Pictured with the JMS volleyball players are Jacksonville alderman Mary Twitty, Mayor Gary Fletcher and McArthur Assembly of God youth pastor David Donaldson.

Reps for youthful Panthers

IN SHORT: Cabot coaches say inexperienced players appear to be getting better with practice. [FULL TEXT]

Bears' boys win Central match at Stone Links

IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills got a team win while Jacksonville lady was the medalist in short nine-hole match.

Local youths win 12U national championship

IN SHORT: Team made up of central Arkansas players wins Bloomington tourney. [FULL TEXT]

This photo from the Museum of American History in Cabot shows World War I Soldiers who might be from Lonoke County. The museum's curator, Mike Polston, is asking the public to help identify the men.

Help save WWI historical items

IN SHORT: Museums to mark the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into the war. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot couple reopen White River Theater

IN SHORT: Heather Moore of Cabot had a vision of bringing to Mountain View a family-friendly show honoring the military. [FULL TEXT]