Times readers pick their favorite watering holes in Central Arkansas.
Toast of the Town 2014October 16, 2014
Vol 41 • No 6
52 brewers, over 250 beers, on Oct. 24.
The last of the real honky tonks.
White Water Tavern owner a loveable rascal, friends say.
It's 5 o'clock somewhere.
How adventurous of a bar hopper are you? Test your range with our booze-themed, scavenger-hunt take on bingo.
By trying to do too much, vehicle for Downey, Duval turns to mush.
Jeremy Renner stars as journalist Gary Webb.
Also, Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Revolution.
With Belly busting bar food.
Health Department, hospitals scramble to prepare, though chance of the virus traveling to Arkansas is miniscule.
We once prided ourselves on being a pragmatic, self-confident people — more like the skeptical fillies than the thundering herd. But if you believe a lot of what you read in the news media and see on TV, much of the public currently lives on the edge of panic.
Also, Argenta Art Walk in North Little Rock, the final week of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Flavors of Arkansas at Ron Robinson, a Maya Deren double feature at Few, and Killer Mike and EL-P at Stickyz.
Also, the demagogues are out in full force, Mark Martin no-shows, Mike Maggio tries to go on the dole, Arkansas political debates summarized and Bill Clinton turns a good metaphor.
As much as anything else, retrospective dissection is the gospel of college football fandom; and in SEC country, if you aren't combining spirits and profanity to motivate your second-guessing in the aftermath of a tight one, by God, buddy, you're doing it wrong.
KABF DJs take their love of local music to the airwaves.
As a momentous election builds to a climax, it's hard to know where best to deploy 600 words.
This has been an especially informative political season, but the most significant revelation comes from the state of Kansas, where Sen. Pat Roberts and his buddy Sam Brownback have built a Republican empire that has brought the state of Kansas to its knees.
The Observer observed nothing last weekend but the rain. It came down on The Observatory in pails at times, the old oaks in the yard dripping dejectedly, their half-baked fall colors varnished in rain the temperature of spit. In a month, we'll all be November deep in coats and scarves.
Replicas of Christopher Columbus' ships, the Nina and the Pinta, are docked at the Julius Breckling Riverfront Park in Little Rock through Oct. 20. Admission to a tour ranges from $6 to $8.
An interim principal has been named to lead Maumelle High School after resignation of principal Rebecca Guthrie.
A Kentucky law professor writes that Arkansas lawyers followed precisely the right approach in challenging the state voter ID law on strictly state grounds. It's a strategy other states should follow, rather than using federal constitutional arguments.
A friend of the court brief in the challenge of Arkansas's same-sex marriage ban tells emotional stories of love and families built by people discriminated against under Arkansas law.
When the mayor of Little Rock has to issue a news release begging people to buy Hog football tickets as a show of municipal patriotism, the future of Razorback football in Little Rock is indeed bleak.
The Washington Post reports that Republican candidates for U.S. Senate — aware of rampant Ebola fear — are calling for travel bans from West African countries. Republican Rep. Tom Cotton naturally is joining the list.
How does Mark Martin propose to defend a law — the voter ID act — that has been invalidated by the Arkansas Supreme Court? Only he knows, but so far he is not saying.
Diners will find a diverse and delicious menu at West Little Rock's Mellow Mushroom.
KNWA is reporting an accident involving a freight train and a passenger train near the community of Brentwood in the vicinity of West Fork
The statute of limitations bars an assault lawsuit an Oklahoma woman brought against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Advice from Secretary of State Mark Martin's office was wrong as usual. All first-time voters are not required to produce a photo ID, as a memo from his office said. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has issued a statement to clear up confusion created by Martin.
Van Buren County Sheriff Scott Bradley tells the Times that a man who came to Ozark Health Medical Center in Clinton this morning with symptoms similar to those of Ebola is "in the clear," but referred all further inquiry to hospital administrator David Deaton. Deaton has not returned a call from the Times. Bradley said he and Deaton and County Judge Roger Hooper met together this morning to discuss the situation.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist John Brummett is adding a new media hat to his wardrobe.
Gubernatorial candidates are debating on AETN today. Asa Hutchinson is still dodging the pivotal private option question.
The Arkansas Supreme Court today rejected a challenge of the proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in all 75 counties and end the patchwork quilt of local option elections.
Agriculture Secretary Butch Calhoun says he'll retire at the end of the year, shortly before the end of the Beebe administration.
The open line and video news roundup.
Little Rock's BLACK PARTY released his long-awaited (at least by us) new tape "Prototype" this afternoon — check it out below. Also, if you missed it, here's his new video, for "Hilaro Springs." featuring Google Maps and a psychedelic purple field that looks straight of "What Dreams May Come" (courtesy of Times visionary Kenneth Bell).
The state Charter Authorizing Panel met twice this week (yesterday and today) to hear seven separate requests for new public charter schools in Arkansas. The panel approved four of those applications, denied one and tabled the final two until a later date. Those decisions can still be changed by the State Board of Education, which next meets on Nov. 13 and 14.
A Republican legislator today distributed photos of a state employee and state Republican officials campaigning during a meeting of county and circuit clerks in Benton County. In theory, state employees aren't supposed to engage in partisan politics on state time. But they have their ways.
Cinemark Tandy 10 will screen its last discounted movie on Sunday, Oct. 26, according to manager Jonathan Holt. The long time North Little Rock dollar theater (now $2) is shutting down.
The secretary of state's office continues to foul up its handling of voter ID legislation and the important work of certifying ballot initiatives. And the incumbent, Mark Martin, is so certain of his re-election he doesn't show up for debates.
UPDATE: Fort Smith nursing home Michael Morton's big political spending now has Leslie Rutledge at top of heap
Michael Morton continues to pour money into Arkansas political races, almost entirely on the Republican side of the ledger. with attorney general nominee Leslie Rutledge emerging as the leading beneficiary. What does he expect in return?
The Little Rock police said a 39-year-old homeless man was fatally injured shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday in an assault by another homeless man in the 1000 block of West Markham Street, near Chester Street.
Sen. Mark Pryor has announced a meeting with health officials today to talk about responses to the Ebola outbreak.
More than 38,000 consumers covered on the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace (Tom Cotton would kick them off too)
We often mention the 211,611 who have gained coverage under the private option. Sometimes lost in the shuffle in these conversations is another group of Arkansans — around 38,000 people who have purchased health insurance on the newly created Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace, the health insurance exchange created by Obamacare.
Extremist Republican Tom Cotton, joined by an assortment of corporate lobbyists, proudly announced today his endorsement by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It is another good reason — a very good reason — to vote against Tom Cotton.
A statewide vote is set Nov. 4 on allowing alcohol sales in all 75 counties. For now, the drys appear to enjoy a money edge.
Third Friday means Argenta ArtWalk means Wittenberg, Rockwell, Furr, Holloway and the Best of the South
Argenta ArtWalk REALLY IS TONIGHT, OCT. 17, in downtown North Little Rock, where the Thea Foundation, Art Connection, Argenta Gallery, Greg Thompson Fine Art, the Laman Library's Argenta Branch, Mugs Cafe and other venues will be open from 5-8 p.m.
Eight artists are exhibiting work at Wildwood Park in Wildwood's first "Art in the Park" series of rotating exhibits in the Cabe Festival Theatre lobby through Nov. 16. In the show are Vicki Kovaleski, Emily Moll Wood, Tom Tull, Robin Tucker, Gary Wayne Golden, Tim Jacob, W. Michael Spain and Mark Johnson.
The three-year-old boy who was injured, perhaps in part by jaguars, after falling into the Big Cat exhibit at the Little Rock Zoo last Friday was released today from Arkansas Children's Hospital.
AFP says the faulty voter registration mailers it distributed in North Carolina originated in Arkansas
Remember the bad voter registration information sent to hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians by Americans for Prosperity? Apparently, the mailers drew information from a similar effort by AFP's affiliate here, which sent information to "potential new voters in Arkansas." AFP says the bad information in NC was just a mix-up, and apologizes, but that leaves a larger question: What exactly is AFP sending to those likely new voters in Arkansas, and why?
Rasmussen finds small margins (statistically a dead heat) in both the races for U.S. Senate and governor in Arkansas.
Fox 16 reports that a law officer was shot in what had been described as a standoff with an armed man in the Serenity Bakery in Leslie. The State Police said the officer's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Candidates for 1st District Congress met in a debate taped for broadcast this evening on AETN and AP has a brief summary here. The AP report has a slightly puzzling account of answers on the minimum wage.
As news comes of another state, Arizona, where the way has been cleared for same-sex marriage, a lawyer in two suits in Arkansas for similar equality has taken steps to speed court consideration of pending cases.
Sen. Mark Pryor, insisting that he was not politicizing the outbreak of Ebola — "this is above and beyond politics," he said, held a press conference at his office today to discuss things he thinks the federal government should be doing.
One of the Duggar clan and the haters of the Family Research Council plan a buscapade starting in Arkansas next week to tout the likes of candidates such as Tom Cotton and Asa Hutchinson.
Sarah Koenig, a longtime producer on "This American Life," is hosting a new podcast called "Serial" spun off from that show, the difference being that each episode here is a chapter in a single larger story which they'll tell over the course of a season — a kind of heavily reported, audio miniseries. Four episodes have been released so far and they've been great, really gripping and well-produced.
Nate Steel and Leslie Rutledge mixed it up Friday in taping a debate to air Sunday morning on KARK. And I have more on dark money and dirty e-mails in this race.
Here's your open line and today's video.
Political debates, the end of voter ID and other state Supreme Court rulings, the Little Rock School District and academic distress, the Ebola scare in Arkansas and Costco eyeing expansion in Little Rock — all covered on this week's podcast.
Dahlia Lithwick: Arkansas voter ID decision based on 1865 case protecting ex-Confederates' right to vote
Slate points out a sweet irony in the Arkansas Supreme Court's huge decision this week that struck down the state's voter ID law. In 1865, the court upheld the voting rights of ex-Confederate soldiers. In 2014, using the Civil War-era case as precedent, it upheld the voting rights of those without ID.
Little Rock police report about 6:30 today a fatal shooting in the 100 block of South Rice Street.
Two former Republican congressmen have urged the legislature to act to clear a rule that would protect the Buffalo River watershed from more large hog feeding operations.
New rules have gone out to election workers to reflect the invalidation of the Arkansas law requiring photo IDs at the polls. For future reference, I've posted copies of the rules that now apply on polling identification.
News of the rise of college fishing teams gives me a bright idea to repurpose War Memorial Stadium after the Razorbacks stop playing football in Little Rock once year.
Bill Clinton is campaigning in Arkansas this weekend and he made a return to his old hometown of Hope to talk up, among others, Mark Pryor and 4th District candidate James Lee Witt.
A secretive Virginia conservative group that fights political financial disclosure has pumped $1.8 million into an effort to defeat Nate Steel for attorney general. Leslie Rutledge, once a critic of such spending in her own race, isn't likely to denounce THIS group.
Police report two fatal shootings late Saturday about seven blocks apart.
A controversy has arisen over an apparently unprovoked attack by a sheriff's office K-9 on a man stopped by Green Forest police.
Polling shows voter support for a minimum wage increase but opposition to a government ethics amendment and the proposal to allow alcohol sales in all 75 counties.
Blue Hog Report illustrates why Stacy Hurst isn't deserving of election to the state House of Representatives. And why her opponent's family got a deserved apology from the Little Rock school superintendent for a dirty trick done for her campaign.
Little Rock police now think there may be a connection between separate fatal shootings late Saturday night near the State Fairgrounds and are warning about a volatile atmosphere in those neighborhoods.
Sen. Jason Rapert talks a lot about integrity. He illustrates the reverse, by threatening payback to a Conway city employee for his support of Rapert's opponent.
There's no feud like a good church feud. A long-running struggle for control of the Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Conway led to the arrest Sunday of a minister who refused to leave the premises.
Early voting begins today. News includes a Republican rally led by Mike Huckabee and new polling that shows Democrat Pat Hays in the lead for 2nd District Congress over millionaire banker J. French Hill.
A 2012 survey of Little Rock voters attempted to get at the question of whether yard signs influence voting patterns. Maybe. Maybe not.
The political jingle is back this year in an ad by Democratic treasurer candidate Karen Sealy Garcia against Republican Dennis "The Menace" Milligan.
Secretary of State Mark Martin abuses his office to pester opponent Susan Inman. Nothing new, really, except that Martin just claimed in a Democrat-Gazette interview that he was tired of "childish" back-and-forth allegations in political races.
The Arkansas Supreme Court wants a response by noon Tuesday to a motion to speed the appeal of the lawsuit over the state's same-sex marriage ban.
Patrick Anders of the Taylor Loop Safety Patrol says his group will turn out in force for Tuesday's Little Rock Board of Directors meeting to make a final pitch that the Board reconsider its approval of a 20-nozzle Murphy Oil mega-convenience store at Highway 10 and Taylor Loop Road.
Police say a man who gave a plastic bag to a teller and ordered it filled with cash robbed the U.S. Bank branch at 11402 W. Markham shortly after noon today. The suspect is believed to be the same man who robbed another U.S. Bank branch last Wednesday. An Arvest branch was robbed later in the day.
Add Rep. David Meeks to the Republican legislative candidates who think the constitutional right to legal counsel amounts to being soft on crime.
Monday's open line and video news roundup.
Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co., a new restaurant specializing in traditional Chinese food, is planning to open in downtown Little Rock in mid-December in the former home of Your Mama's Good Food, according to assistant manager and business development manager Rebecca Yan. The menu will include handmade dumplings, steamed buns and hand-stretched noodles. Service will cafeteria style, similar to Chipotle, where diners travel along a line and pick a base, a protein, a spice-level and among various sides of vegetables — likely including taro chips, pickles and slaw — that will change with the seasons.
Federal Judge Kristine Baker has scheduled a hearing Nov. 20 on the federal lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of Arkansas's bans on same-sex marriage.
The City Wire's Ryan Saylor writes in detail about the formation of a Secular Students Alliance at Van Buren High School to talk about religious diversity among other issues.
A U.S. Supreme Court case over Arkansas prison efforts to limit the wearing of beards by prison inmates drew a sendup from John Oliver in which he put dogs in the place of Supreme Court Justices to hear the case.
Did I say there weren't many jingles any more? I've been apprised of several. This one by the daughter of Lackey Moody Jr., a Democrat seeking a state House seat from Batesville, is getting warm reviews.
Southern Progress, the Democratic advocacy group, delves more deeply into the subject of the Center for Individual Freedom, the secretive 501c4 group that is pumping $1.8 million into a sleazy dark money campaign against Nate Steel in the race for attorney general. It concludes this is a push by big tobacco to lighten their scrutiny by the state.
A new Talk Business/Hendrix College poll shows Republican Tom Cotton with a 49-40.5 lead over Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.
UCA student James Thweatt is leading a protest group that plans to demonstrate at a Jason Rapert campaign event at 7 p.m. tonight at the Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA.
Major candidates for governor both said Monday night in a televised debate that they'd favor changing the law on school consolidation to allow preservation of some smaller districts.
New polling shows Democrat James Lee Witt has closed the gap in his race with Republican Bruce Westerman for 4th District Congress to 2 points.
The police have released surveillance photos of a woman sought in a Monday bank robbery.
Police have announced the arrest of a suspect in the home invasion homicide early Saturday of Terry Lipsmeyer, 52. He was shot when two men robbed people in a house on Rice Street.
Ernest Dumas is back from vacation with a column that chronicles abundant good news in the land and an electorate that either pays it no mind or disbelieves anything could be good on Barack Obama's watch.
The unemployment report shows a drop in the rate in Arkansas from 6.3 percent in August to 6.2 percent in September, plus a net growth of 3,600 jobs.
The state of Arkansas told the Arkansas Supreme Court today it doesn't object to a request by plaintiffs to expedite the state's appeal of Judge Chris Piazza's ruling striking down the ban on same-sex marriage.
Gov. Mike Beebe, citing procedural reasons, said he couldn't grant executive clemency to the West Memphis Three before he left office even if he was inclined to do so. What's more, none has sought a pardon.
"6 X 6," the silent auction fundraiser sponsored by UALR Friends of the Arts to benefit the arts and artists at the university, will feature a special exhibit by alumnus Dan Thornhill, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 21, at the Applied Design Studio in University Plaza.
Arkansas Community Organizations, a grassroots neighborhood group, has announced endorsements in Little Rock City Board races, including challengers to two incumbents.
Mike Ross nailed Asa Hutchinson in a TV debate last night on taking credit for a balanced federal budget. 15 seconds of VIDEO worth watching.
UPDATE: NYT reporter: Tom Cotton has paid for over $300,000 in "fundraising consulting" from an LLC that "may not exist"
Jonathan Martin, a New York Times political correspondent who's been following the Arkansas Senate race, posted an intriguing dispatch this afternoon from Tom Cotton's campaign finance reports.
The Democratic Party says the first day of early voting showed a big increase in participation compared with the last midterm election, contrary to some preliminary figures compiled by Secretary of State Mark Martin.
Republican candidates Stacy Hurst and David Meeks, to name just two, have adopted the popular tactic of calling defense lawyers soft on crime for providing legal counsel to the accused, something guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. It's deplorable and un-American. But the tactic also puts a thumb on the scales of justice, particularly when deployed in judicial races,
An open line and today's video report.
Tom Cotton's writing during student days at Harvard have drawn a lot of attention and now it's Sen. Mark Pryor's turn, with a report on a political science paper he wrote at the University of Arkansas in 1986.
Phil Wyrick, the Republican candidate for county judge, got in a dispute with election officials today for entering an early voting place — the McMath Library on John Barrow Road — and handing out campaign material. Camoaigning is prohibited within 100 feet of a poll. He was escorted out, a witness said, objecting all the while.
New Talk Business/Hendrix College polling shows Republican Asa Hutchinson leading Democrat Mike Ross in the race for governor 49-41.
The Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods has a handy website with videos of Little Rock City Board candidates fielding candidate forum questions.
Talk of a civil rights lawsuit is underway as the legislature hears an inadequate request for more money for the Arkansas Public Defenders Commission.
Lt. Sidney Allen of the Little Rock police reports that Bobby Ford, 46, of Little Rock has been arrested in the robberies of two U.S. Bank branches — on West Markham Street and Baseline Road — in the last week.
Sen. Jason Rapert again with the alibi that he shouldn't be held acountable for his own words — this time some political blackmail of a Conway employee who supports his opponent.
Eat well without breaking the bank? Here's how.
The Census Bureau has released a new formula for measuring poverty and the result is that Arkansas doesn't look quite so poor.
A newspaper in Republican Northwest Arkansas endorses Nate Steel for attorney general, in part because he's NOT the unqualified Leslie Rutledge.
Carl Straumsheim of Inside Higher Ed reports here on the tension in University of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt's aggressive move into online higher education and the heartburn that has caused for conventional UA campuses.
The Arkansas Blog matching grant program will again be in force Friday morning as Rosi Smith and Max Brantley make their last appearance on the semi-annual KUAR/KLRE fund-raising drive.
There's life after U.S. Senate defeat. The Hill puts former Sen. Blanche Lincoln on its list of top lobbyists.
Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival, held Thursday through Saturday at Mulberry Mountain Ranch, where Wakarusa is also held in the summer, served up three days and nights of almost non-stop live music on four stages amid some of the best festival weather there in recent memory.
Shots fired in Canadian parliament. Video captures some of it.
A mass mailer from the Koch-financed political empire seems to employ shaming as a tool to get people to vote. One Republican, a state election commissioner, wasn't too impressed.
If Fresco Grey sold t-shirts I would buy one. Come see him and the rest of the Young Gods of America crew at Vino's tomorrow night (check this week's To Do List for the rest of their tour info).
Here's the open line and today's news roundup.
Outsider artist Taylor Shepherd and "emerging artist" Steve Adair are showing work at M2Gallery in the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center on Cantrell. Reception tonight, Oct. 24, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
They say you can't bake a cake without breaking some eggs, but that's not necessarily true.
In the hope their work will encourage a preservation effort, Rita Henry and her fellow photographers in the Blue Eyed Knocker Photo Club have taken it on themselves to record the ruins of the 100-year-old Hotel Pines in Pine Bluff, a once-luxe spot designed by George Mann and decorated by Paul Martin Heerwagen. An exhibition of their photographs and a documentary video, “100 Years of Light Through the Pines,” runs noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Nov. 3-8, at the High Cotton Event Center, 220 Barraque St. in Pine Bluff.
It's the Friday Five Open Line! Today we're talking spices, but you can talk about whatever you like.