Three years ago there were only four craft breweries in the state. Now there are 17.
Vol 40 • No 8
Times readers vote the Fountain top bar in Central Arkansas.
With beer from 50 brewers from across the country.
Times readers select their favorite local watering holes and drinks.
Gov. Mike Beebe today announced that South Coast Baking, which produces frozen dough for commercial baking, will open a new production line in Springdale that will employ 150.
No one was hurt, but a concrete truck was crushed, when brick facade fell from the back side of the building at 315 Main that is being shored up in preparation for conversion to the K-Lofts apartment project.
Renowned fiction writer William Harrison, who lived in Fayetteville for the last 50 years, died yesterday.
I reported here yesterday a summary of Freedom of Information work by Matt Campbell of the Blue Hog Report.
A criminal justice reform group says it will be monitoring the hearing next Monday in
This news from KFSM/KXNW:
For the second time, I'm inclined to take U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin at his word.
A Night in the Garden attendees will choose your art for you.
Three down, two to go. The line is open.
Okay, not really. But there's a paintball place up in Conway running a "Zombie Hunt" that claims that.
With problems plaguing signup for new health insurance options under the exchange program provided under the Affordable Care Act, efforts have begun to ameliorate the situation.
10 Years performs at Revolution Thursday.
'I just wanted to teach,' says McCullough.
Local ingredients can't make up for subpar preparation.
Also, Stiff Necked Fools come to Afterthought.
Also, 'Little Rock and a Hard Place' at The Joint, Halloween-related events, Artistry of the Guitar at South on Main, Reason in the Rock at the Wyndham Hotel, John Edward at Robinson and Coheed and Cambria at Revolution.
Rothko paints the town, at The Rep and Arts Center.
In modern crime slang, a hooker is "a prostitute." But in Shakespeare's day, according to Bill Bryson in "Shakespeare: The World as Stage," a hooker was one who snatched desirables through open windows with hooks.
A woman holds a sign Monday during a protest supporting former Mount St. Mary teacher Tippi McCullough, who was forced to resign last week after legally marrying her partner, Barb Mariani.
This is the 91st edition of Pearls About Swine, and all prior installments, without fail, have been a byproduct of my own eyes and ears. This is my solemn vow. Not this week.
And portraiture shows make three at the Arts Center.
U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin announced earlier this week that he will not seek another term after four years in Congress. What will he do next? We checked with our bookie and here are the current odds on Griffin's next move.
It was also a good week for new blood in the Second District, a new candidate in the Fourth District and Democrats. It was a bad week for same-sex marriage by schoolteachers, the Razorbacks and Harrison.
And who do we warehouse in these prisons?
The deep stresses inside the Republican Party, which erupted into fratricidal war during the government shutdown and debt crisis, have been an unexpected blessing for Democrats everywhere, even in the deeply red states of the Confederacy.
Moretz does well by King's classic character.
Media weren't the only people caught by surprise Monday by U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin's announcement that he would not seek re-election in 2014.
Just under four years ago, a Second District congressman facing difficult poll numbers because of his national party's travails suddenly announced his departure from the race, sending the Central Arkansas political world into a frenzy. On Monday morning, Tim Griffin did the same, surprising most everyone just as his predecessor, Democrat Vic Snyder, had done.
As if The Observer didn't have enough to worry about, Spouse flitted past the other day while we were relaxing at The Observatory and told us to watch out: Mercury is in retrograde between now and Nov. 10, and at HALLOWEEN no less!
Republicans like Ted Cruz are gnashing their teeth because they failed in their effort to deny affordable health care to all low-income Americans. But they did manage to keep millions of their poor and sick countrymen from receiving treatment. For a party that has become dedicated to not helping people, this is a significant accomplishment.
Tea Partyers hate Social Security too. Its great success is a continuing refutation of the right-wing theory of government, which is, essentially, that the government can't do anything right.
Not every fundamentalist is a right-winger. Crackpot utopianism and black and white thinking infect all social, political and religious movements. Indeed, it often appears that abandoning common sense for dogma is one of the main concomitants of a certain kind of liberal arts education.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already meddled in Arkansas politics by targeting Sen. Mark Pryor with ads in his gun control campaign.
Last night's right-wing fund-raiser for Extremist Republican Tom Cotton's U.S. Senate campaign included some big names as hosts.
I recommend this reporting by the Center for Public Integrity because the ills it highlights are already creeping into Arkansas.
If you foresee a trip to Big D in your immediate future (and I hope you all do), I offer this (very) short list of some of the must-try restaurants in city. And while it seems almost ridiculously hard to narrow down and compress this grand city into one article, I offer this—the best way to do Dallas right.
Stiff Necked Fools play at The Afterthought Friday.
Homicide report from the Little Rock police department: Chadrick Clemmons, 27, was found critically wounded by a gunshot about 11:15 p.m. last night near a basketball court in the 2700 block of Summit
Barry Hyde announced yesterday for county judge. He was a competent and engaged state legislator and runs a successful construction business.
An Ethics Commission review continues of Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's use of campaign money for expenses that appear to be personal in nature, including gas fillups on
I like a good skillet of cornbread or — even better — Mexican cornbread as well as the next guy.
In the latest edition of "Live from Fellowship Hall Sound," a video collaboration with Greg Spradlin and Camp Friday Films, Tulsa's John Moreland talks about his musical upbringing and early songwriting and plays "3:59AM," from his latest album, "In the Throes."
The city's second Pop Up festival demonstrates a lively urban scene on Seventh between Cross and Main.
Sorry, I've been distracted today by some family activities. The line is open.
In testimony before the Joint Public Health Committee at the capitol today, the Department of Human Services released the latest figures on enrollment in the "private option" for Medicaid expansion.
I was going to write a post carefully documenting how nonsensical the blubbering from many Arkansas Republicans, including Rep. Tom Cotton, has been on Sen. Mark Pryor endorsing the idea of extending open enrollment for Obamacare.
I'm off to UALR early, so a quick roundup before I go: * MAKE A PLEDGE TO KUAR/GET A MATCH: Rosi Smith and I will be raising money on KUALR/KLRE this morning.
Sample one next time you’re out shopping or eating at one of the above mentioned retailers. Odds are you’ll be equally impressed with The New Cheesecake Company’s wares.
Lord T & Eloise perform at Revolution Saturday.
My morning fund-raising stint on KUAR puts me behind. So I'll wrap up some stuff quickly.
So-called "dark money" groups that spend mysteriously sourced funds in political campaigns have been fined $1 million in California.
News from the police blotter: * RAPE SUSPECT ARRESTED:
It’s starting to get chilly out there, and while I’m hoping we aren’t forced to live through another ice apocalypse this year, I certainly welcome the cooler weather. Time to tell us where you're eating.
The campaign against a mass hog feeding operation in the Buffalo National River watershed is generating enough heat that the agricultural industry is fighting back.
Multiple sources tell me that they've heard definitively that former state Rep. Kathy Webb of Little Rock plans to run for Pulaski County judge.
Women of my political bent are feverishly circulating news reports about a Texas gambit in the drive to restrict voting to Republicans (aging, white males.)
An e-mail has arrived from Tim Griffin, the Republican who's quitting the U.S. House at the end of next year to make more money.
I've had a long week and I'm thinking I'm going to bug out early. To finish up, I share at the top a heartfelt Game and Fish Commission video tribute to a young wildlife officer, Joel Campora, who died attempting a rescue during Scott County flooding.
Tim Griffin’s decision not seek reelection and what his exit means for the future of the Second District, the final Little Rock Tech Park vote (or was it?), the Pulaski County judge race, Bloomberg v. Pryor and the latest shadiness from the lieutenant governor and secretary of state's offices — all covered on this week's podcast.
Some morning odds and ends: * LITTLE ROCK IN COURT I: Here's a copy of the city of Little Rock's response to the lawsuit over the bungling of a 911 call that led to the death of a woman trapped in frigid water after her SUV slid off an icy road.
Well isn't this a hoot(er)? Shelli Russell at mysaline.com reports that Little Rock lawyer Jack Wagoner has sent a check for $158 to Bryant Police Chief Mark Kizer to reimburse his $58 dinner tab at an Orl
If you're not on his list, I share below a letter from U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin about his decision not to seek re-election and a comment on plans post-Congress.
The line is open. Final note:
Now and again I take a look at the full agenda packet for coming Little Rock City Board of Directors meetings.
A new post recently on on a blog titled "Academic Daylight: Transparency at the University of Arkansas," is worth a look.
John Lyon at Stephens Media has an item about a coming moment in Arkansas musical history.
Brave Combo plays at Stickyz Monday.
The Sunday night line is open. Closing out:
Many friends surf the net for items of interest so I don't have to. One such nugget that turned up in the morning mail is a report on BBC on the high cost of home broadband service in the United States and the high cost of bundled phone/TV/internet service.
The National Journal offers a long look at the troubled state of capital punishment in the U.S. thanks to the lack of acceptable drugs for the lethal injection process.
The Republicans in the Arkansas congressional delegation are joining the pile-on of Health and Human Services Secretary Katherine Sebelius for the flaws besetting the website to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Tomorrow, the Arkansas Arts Center opens its much-anticipated exhibition of works by Mark Rothko, along with artists self-portraits from the co
Pioneering Arkansas-born stuntman Hal Needham — current record holder for the world's most awesome life — died on Friday.
Matt Campbell, the Little Rock lawyer and Blue Hog Report blogger, filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit today against Lt. Gov. Mark Darr because his office redacted his cell phone number from an information request Campbell had made for phone records.
Channel 4 reports that Kelly O'Rourke, a former teacher at Mount St. Mary Academy, was sentenced to 10 years in prison this morning for sexually assaulting a student.
Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid said he will schedule a vote before Thanksgiving on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to ban workplace discrimination on account of sexual orientation
This breaking business news from Arkansas Business:
[embed-1] Movie trailers can be an artform in and of themselves, so we love the effort by Arkansas actress Ashlie Atkinson and her fiance Leon Chase, called "The Pill Girls." Atkinson produced the fictional trailer — for an alleged 1970's chixsplotation flick about five drugged up, sexed up women terrorizing NYC — while Chase directed.
A federal district court in Texas has struck down that state's restrictive abortion law. It required all abortions to be peformed at surgical facilties, required doctors to have admitting priviThe law, one of the strictest in the nation, banned abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy and required doctors to perform all abortion in surgical facilities starting next October.
I got followup information today from the State Police related to my inquiry about the frequency with which Lt. Gov. Mark Darr uses State Police transportation to travel from him his home in Springdale to his work in the Capitol.
To Greg Thompson Fine Art.
This just in by e-mail: Ann Clemmer To Make Announcement About Arkansas’ 2nd District
Tomorrow night: Dunbar Garden event to feature hors d'oeuvres from South on Main, Natchez and Butcher and Public chefs
Amazing music, courtesy of Bonnie Montgomery! Delicious passed hors d'oeuvres from South on Main chef Matt Bell, Natchez chef Alexis Jones and Butcher and Public chef Travis McConnell!
The latest from the Times collaboration with Greg Spradlin and Camp Friday Films is a short profile on beloved home cookin' restaurant Sandy's Homeplace Cafe.
I mentioned yesterday the blow struck by Travel and Leisure magazine in rating Clinton National Airport in Little Rock as the worst in the country.
Another week begins and the Monday line is open. Final words:
I received this e-mail just now from former state Rep. Kathy Webb : In the past several days I have been asked by a number of people in our county to consider a race for Pulaski County Judge.
A trip down memory lane can only end with one thing: a corn dog.
The City Wire is up with another poll on the race between Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Tom Cotton, the extremist Republican.
The Arkansas Democratic Party will have a news conference today to talk about its complaint to the Office of Professional Ethics that U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton may have conducted a radio interview that included an appeal for campaign support while at the U.S. Capitol Sept. 30.
Retired Army Col. Ann Wright, a Bentonville native who's become a peace activist, will speak at 7 p.m.
Fox 16 has the day's Big Ick — complains by residents of the Sunset Terrace public housing project (near the State Fairgrounds) of a roach infestation.
Also on today's agenda: A news conference by the group Mercy for Animals about practices of a Walmart pork supplier in Minnesota.
Coheed and Cambria perform at Revolution Wednesday.
Blue Sky Black Death performs at Stickyz Wednesday.
Little Rock voters will go the polls Dec. 10 to pledge the two-cent restaurant and hotel tax to repay a bond issue to finance the renovation and expansion of Robinson Auditorium.
The rising influence of special interest money in judicial elections, particularly to state supreme courts, is the subject of a new report, The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2011-12: How New Waves of Special Interest Spending Raised the Stakes for Fair Courts.
Americans United for Change, the group working to support Obama initiatives, is a day late but nonetheless right on the money in response to Republicans' sudden concerns about making the Affordable Care Act work.
Asa Hutchinson, one of the Republican gubernatorial candidates, spoke Saturday to the Van Buren County Republican Party's Reagan luncheon in Clinton.
Amid criticism of its low pay and large part-time workforce, Walmart made a PR move today with visits to selected stores to announce promotions to 25,000 employees among its 1.3-million workforce.
Enter by Nov. 18, turn pies in for judging Dec. 1.
Lab evidence about DNA tests was withheld in the capital murder case.
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Game and Fish request more testing of Lake Conway from Exxon
Game and Fish letter says that Exxon's figure for a certain kind of contamination may misrepresent the amount of toxins still in the environment.
settlement biological diversity. spotted owl group.
I've just received a brief message from Sen. Mark Pryor's office. It's big news.
Iron Tongue plays at White Water Tavern Thursday.
The Wild Feathers play at Revolution Thursday.
Boo at the Zoo runs through Friday at the Little Rock Zoo.
The 2nd Annual Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival is Friday in Argenta.
Audra McDonald performs in Fort Smith and Conway this weekend.
Smile Empty Soul performs Sunday at Revolution.
On exhibit at the Arkansas Arts Center.
Motion City Soundtrack plays Juanita's Saturday.
The Reverent Horton Heat plays at Revolution Saturday.
The Mowgli's play at Juanita's Tuesday night.
Laman Library screens "The State of Arizona" Tuesday evening.
The Apache Relay plays at Stickyz Tuesday.