Health care costs falling

Call us suckers for good news, but can it hurt to celebrate some now and then in this sea of troubles?

Still hauling after 60 years

The mighty C-130 Hercules reached a milestone Saturday, marking the 60th anniversary of its first flight at Burbank, Calif., on Aug. 23, 1954.

Don't end early voting

Jacksonville voters will decide Sept. 16 on forming their own school district. They can vote early starting Sept. 9-Sept. 15 at the Jacksonville Community Center, William F. Laman Library in North Little Rock and the Pulaski County Regional Building in downtown Little Rock.

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.

When firm's comptroller
steals $1.1M

AGL Corp., the small Jacksonville manufacturer of laser equipment used for construction around the world, had been struggling for years. The company had trouble making a profit. There were layoffs and rumors about the plant shutting down. [FULL TEXT]

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 30, 2014


Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) addresses a rally in Cabot on Friday. Cotton, who is challenging Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), told supporters the senator has voted too often with President Obama, to the detriment of Arkansas.

Cotton rallies Cabot voters

IN SHORT: Challenger in Senate race criticizes Pryor's voting record. [FULL TEXT]

Commission reverses on early voting

IN SHORT: Cabot and Lonoke will have 15 days, Carlisle and England two. [FULL TEXT]

Jacksonville plans for new school board

IN SHORT: Interim board will pave way for a future district if voters approve proposal Sept. 16. [FULL TEXT]


Carlisle moved the ball but had trouble stopping other teams in scrimmage.

Carlisle struggles in early jamboree

IN SHORT: Bison gives up several big plays to Stuttgart and Dumas. [FULL TEXT]

Badgers set for Greenbrier

IN SHORT: Beebe will open the season with the Panthers Tuesday at War Memorial. [FULL TEXT]

Cabot girls lose leads late, fall to Batesville

IN SHORT: The Lady Pioneers erased deficits in games two and three to steal victory from Panthers.

The earliest observations of the season

IN SHORT: The first weekend of the football season is here, but there are already a lot of interesting headlines and conversation pieces from high school to the pros. [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]