The hot neighborhood issue over use of a former Easter Seals facility at the east end of Lee Avenue on nine acres controlled by the Board of the Arkansas Schools for the Blind and Deaf won't come to a board vote tonight.
Herman Cain may be only the Republican flavor of the week, but he is the frontrunner and he is actually going to campaign in Arkansas next week, seven months before the usually insignificant Arkansas primary. We are flyover country for all the others.
Circuit Judge Rhonda Wood of Conway, who lost a 2010 race for state Court of Appeals to Jo Hart, is running for another seat on the appellate court this year. Judicial elections are non-partisan, but Wood remains determined to overcome that limitation.
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Arkansas Times, the University of Arkansas provided a copy of its exclusive beverage contract with Coca-Cola and the cumulative value, but not a number of specifics in the contract.
Gene Lyons' column Wednesday in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette will be his last. He was notified of the end of some 18 years of weekly column writing on Monday by editorial page editor Paul Greenberg. Look for him next week at arktimes.com.
The Observer made it out to the Occupy Little Rock march on Saturday, hoofing it with around 500 other citizens from the Riverfest Amphitheatre to the State Capitol, with stops along the way: the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, Stephens Inc., the Bank of America branch, and others. It was a lovely day for a revolution — comfortable, bright, with the sky like a blue bowl upturned over the world.
On Oct. 4, approximately 700 federal, state and local law enforcement officers participated in Operation Delta Blues, possibly the largest drug bust in Arkansas history. icking, firearms offenses, money laundering and public corruption. The two-year investigation, which focused primarily on Helena-West Helena and Marianna, utilized 16 court-authorized wiretaps.
An estimated 500 sign-wielding Occupy Little Rock protesters marched along a route that included stops at the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, the headquarters of Stephens Inc., the Bank of America building and the Federal Building.
Damien Echols is writing a memoir for Penguin imprint Blue Rider Press, scheduled for publication September 2012 and may have a small role in "The Hobbit," which director and major WM3 benefactor Peter Jackson is currently shooting in New Zealand
I talked to Prosecuting Attorney Fletcher Long of Forrest City for a column this week about his thoughts on Operation Delta Blues, the massive federal investigation of drug dealing and police corruption in Helena-West Helena, which is a part of Long's district.
Jody Hardin and Barbara Armstrong's Scott Heritage Farm, Chef Lee Richardson and his team from the Capital Hotel, P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm and the folks with the traveling Outstanding in the Field culinary tour bus join forces for a dinner on the land.
My recent reporting on some real estate deals between the Arkansas Department of Career Services, headed by Bill Walker, and businesses headed by his friend Richard Mays triggered a steady flow of phone calls about the agency and its Rehabilitation Services Division.
U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, not known as a Capitol Hill firebrand, has gotten hot about the federal government's effort to collect flood disaster aid erroneously paid about 34 Arkansas families following a flood.
Just noticed House Republican Leader John Burris' Twitter that he's off to Romania and Croatia for a two-week exchange program through the State Department, a program called the American Council of Young Political Leaders.
Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure announced today he'd reached a consent agreement with Morgan Asset Management and Morgan Keegan over charges that the securities firm's employees had provided inaccurate and misleading information to Arkansas residents who invested in seven Morgan Keegan funds.
From the Ozark Hills of southern Missouri comes Ha Ha Tonka. The quartet’s name is a nod to a state park up there, a bucolic wonderland on Lake of the Ozarks. In the video for “Usual Suspects” we find the band members hanging around the train tracks and playing their drums and guitars and mandolin, drinking beer, throwing stuff and generally engaging in revelry. Actually, that’s what this band’s music is very well-suited for: carousing with pals while consuming beers. In a broad sense, Ha Ha Tonka’s sound hails from the Kingdom of Leon — it’s catchy and propulsive, but rooted in country and southern rock.
Sarah Vestal, a former Arkansan now living in California, sends a copy of a recent decision by the Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct issuing a reprimand and fine of $1,500, plus $50 costs, to Graham Catlett, a Little Rock lawyer, over Vestal's complaint about Catlett's role in a failed organic tomato business.
Here's an excellent recap from Hillcrest Residents Association President Glenn Borkowski of last night's meeting of the Board of the Arkansas Schools for the Blind and Deaf and the discussion of businessman John Chandler to take over the Easter Seals lease of nine school-controlled acres at the end of Lee Avenue and buy the former Easter Seals building for offices.
A story from New York Times of interest in the Fayetteville shale:
It reports that banks are becoming wary of lending money for land on which gas wells might eventually be drilled and might become home to waste pits, environmental problems and other changes.
And now, let us take a moment to consider the Hum-Burger, a monumental burger that has been clogging the arteries of generations of Paragould-ians and pilgrims venturing there-forth from the wilds of Northeast Arkansas.
It appears that I won't be getting an answer to why Robert Trevino, head of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, charged taxpayers $192 to get a full tint job on the windows of his state vehicle, a Chevy Equinox.
The Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival turned pastoral Mulberry Mountain into a non-stop string-pickin’ newgrass jam Oct. 13-16. Think of it as a smaller, tamer version of its cousin, Wakarusa, which occupies the same Ozark hillside space in the middle of summer. Not that Yonder Mountain is either small or tame.
The lefty blogosphere is buzzing — understandably — about National Public Radio pressure forcing a public radio station to fire the host of a show on opera because she was participating in an anti-war demonstration in Washington.
Joe Busby, who labors hard and effectively for the Fair Park Neighborhood Association, shares his note to members about a meeting at City Hall today with City Manager Bruce Moore and others about the latest ward reapportionment, which splits the neighborhood between two wards.
Interesting spread sheet here on the portion of State Treasurer Martha Shoffner's investment of public funds in bonds through brokerage accounts. She heavily favored a small Russellville firm, St. Bernard Financial Services.
Halloween, like a lot of holidays, is really just for the kids; once you reach a certain age it's nothing more than an excuse to party in a skimpy outfit. Boo at the Zoo, in its 20th year, is for those little ghouls (and their parents) who are still at the stage where they'd rather dress up like Disney characters than drape the neighborhood in toilet paper.
"Hairy Bikers," a History Channel about a French chef who loves motorcycles and a motorcycle repairman who loves cooking who travel the country hunting and foraging for food to cook, is set in Arkansas tonight at 9:30 p.m.
Politico reports en masse resignations of Michele Bachmann's paid campagn staff in New Hampshire. Alice Stewart, who left a nice job in Secretary of State Mark Martin's office to handle press for Bachmann, not quoted in this piece.
I had my closed session with the Arkansas Ethics Commission this morning on my complaint that the Committee for Little Rock's Future hadn't adequately disclosed expenses on supporting a recent sales tax increase.
The Lottery Commission voted unanimously this morning to offer its CFO job, previously held by Philip Miley, to Jerold K. Fetzer, 61, an accountant and audit partner with Miller and Co. Certified Public Accountants.
Small controversies and debates that signify bigger ideas and issues are discussed this week. Namely, the Arkansas Ethics Commission's hearing on adequate campaign disclosure, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's new policy for handling winnings in state lawsuit, a new lawsuit directed at former Fayetteville Judge Mary Ann Gunn and more.
Having missed the first opener, New Orleans' Dead People, I arrived in time to catch Deer Tick's New York compatriots The Virgin Forest, whose set was comprised of rockabilly-influenced guitar work delivered with red-eyed, murder-ballad menace.
Mary Ann Gunn, the former circuit judge who left the bench to film a reality TV show based on the drug court she once oversaw in Fayetteville, wasn't happy about an amended complaint filed last week by W.H. Taylor of Fayetteville on behalf of clients who were former participants in drug court.
Police Chief Stuart Thomas met the press at Fourth and Ferry this afternoon, a parking lot owned by the city, where the police want to move the Occupy Little Rock protesters currently camping on the grounds of the city park occupied by the Clinton Presidential Center and Park.
Well, sure, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce will lead the effort to oppose the Sheffield Nelson-led initiative to move the gas severance tax in Arkansas to a level charged in neighboring states.
Fayetteville has the misfortune of being one of the few places in the state that got hung with a tax increment finance district — a developers' scheme (abetted by the city government lobby) to steal school tax revenue to subsidize private developers.
Teresa Belew of Mothers Against Drunk Driving provides a report on a hearing today before Circuit Judge Leon Johnson on the prosecuting attorney's request to revoke a suspended sentence given Benjamin Swindoll.
When televangelist Pat Robertson says a political party has become too extreme ..... As Right Wing Watch reports, on his 700 Club broadcast on Monday Robertson — the founder of the Christian Coalition — said the following of the Republican party’s lurch to the far right.
Magnolia's Charlaine Harris, author of the wildly successful Sookie Stackhouse novels (which were turned into the equally-successful "True Blood" series from HBO), is branching out into the world of graphic novels — the visual, book-length, often more-literary cousins to comic books.