The mayor vs.
ex-police chief

The Jacksonville mayoral race is heating up, with former Police Chief Gary Sipes gaining momentum and laying out several goals for the city if he is elected.

The campaign here so far

If you have followed the Arkansas election ads you know that each party faces a single challenge. Republicans must overcome a philosophy problem, Democrats an Obama problem.

Early voting (continued)

The Lonoke County Election Commission reversed itself on Friday and agreed to hold early voting at Cabot, Lonoke, Carlisle and England for the general election on Nov. 4.

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.

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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September 10, 2014

Early voting starts for Jacksonville schools

Susan Rice, wife of the late Jacksonville attorney and school district advocate Ben Rice, holds a sign Tuesday at the Jacksonville Community Center, promoting the vote for detaching from the Pulaski County Special School District to form a new Jacksonville/north Pulaski school district. As of Tuesday afternoon, 260 had voted early at the center. Early voting is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday at the center and at the William F. Laman Library, 2801 Orange St. in North Little Rock. It is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday and on Monday at the Pulaski County Regional Building, 501 W. Markham St. in Little Rock. Election Day is Tuesday, and voters who live within the new district's boundaries can vote at their normal polling sites.

Stump pitches garner voters

IN SHORT: Candidates speak to crowd for three hours in Sherwood park. [FULL TEXT]

Continuing family legacy to lead

IN SHORT: Lt. Col. Heather Cooley, the 19th Maintenance Squadron commander, was born with the birthright of leadership. [FULL TEXT]

County fair Sept. 13-20

IN SHORT: Preparations are underway in Lonoke County for annual fair. [FULL TEXT]


Cabot fullback Kolton Eads leaps over some teammates during an intrasquad scrimmage game last month. The Panthers will play their home opener at 7 p.m. Friday against Catholic.

Cabot hosts Catholic in home game

IN SHORT: Passing Panthers break in new field against Rockets. [FULL TEXT]

Lakeside takes on Hillside

IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills has to switch gears to prepare for Rams' spread offense. [FULL TEXT]

Beebe welcomes rival

IN SHORT: Jackrabbits make the short trip up Hwy. 31 to face the Badgers this Friday. [FULL TEXT]

JHS has big challenge

IN SHORT: Benton shows a strong defense. [FULL TEXT]

Panther wins at Minuteman

IN SHORT: Senior Micah Huckabee dominates first race of season after being injured most of last year. [FULL TEXT]

Harps donates to Lonoke County Christian Clinic
Lonoke County Christian Clinic coordinator Becky True and pharmacy director Jerry Jones accept a check for $2,500 on Tuesday from Cabot Harps Foods store manager Jerry Davenport (right). The money was raised during the Harps charity golf tournament held in August in Rogers. The Lonoke County Christian Clinic on 502 Richie Road in Cabot is open at 5 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month. The clinic offers free dental, medical and pharmacy services to Lonoke County residents who meet financial guidelines and have no insurance. Call 501-605-5600 for an appointment. The clinic has been open since 2011.

Bridging the Gap Resale Shop opens for business

IN SHORT: Bridging the Gap Resale Shop in Lonoke held its grand opening on Wednesday. [FULL TEXT]

CASA fundraising dinner

IN SHORT: Advocacy group to held event for Lonoke County abused kids. [FULL TEXT]