Veteran newspaperman Leland Duvall's wartime love letters, excerpted from a new book from the University of Arkansas Press.
Vol 38 • No 11
Pecans. Apples. Caramel sauce. Salty crust. This is an excellent pie at a place that brings what real southwest Arkansas home cooking is supposed to taste like, back to the table. Go head to Prescott.
Here he goes again. Chris Monroe has packed up shop and is heading back to North Little Rock after a year in the old location for The Hop on Cantrell Road.
Post election thoughts, if you have them, right here. I'll check as spirit moves.
Ferneau Restaurant has been sold to Frank Fletcher.
A few bits of Arkiana, definitions and elaborations, alphabetically arranged for your convenience, to pass a few minutes of a slow week.
Ken Bonfield, Steve Davison and Micky Rigby present "Artistry of the Guitar." The three will perform a wide range of styles for the monthly concert series at Laman Library, 7 p.m., free.
A visitor to Heber Springs was surprised to see a woman walking up and down the sidewalk in front of the Cleburne County District Court building wearing a sandwich board sign with the message, "I am a thief." Turns out, the sight is not so unusual for Heber Springs.
The ensemble comedy from schlock-master Brett Ratner is slick and occasionally funny.
In its new Main Street home in Little Rock, the magazine and non-profit plans to continue the type of programming and events it has hosted throughout the South in recent years.
So here's my question: If the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 effectively caused the Wall Street meltdown of 2007 by forcing banks to make bad home loans to improvident poor people (and we all know exactly who I mean), how come it took 30 years for the housing bubble to burst?
There are two emerging constants in Bobby Petrino's tenure as Arkansas coach.
The verb became semi-famous a few years back, when national media reported on a college student, pursued by campus police for disrupting a political gathering, who pled with an officer, "Don't tase me, bro." Not feeling brotherly, the cop went ahead and tased.
Plus Jucifer, the Brasil Guitar Duo, the Dirty Guv'nahs, A.A. Bondy, 'Beethoven and Blue Jeans' and Chuck Ragan.
Slow Friday around the newsroom at the Fortress of Employment last week, so The Observer decided to take an afternoon stroll down to the Arkansas riverfront and check out the Nina and the Pinta, exact replicas of two of the three ships that brought that Patron Saint of all Men Who Refuse to Stop and Ask for Directions 'cross the ocean blue in 1492.
And asking a lot of voters.
Perhaps you've already readabout the dozens of DJs that Clear Channel laid off recently at radio stations around the country.
Central Arkansas's striptease scene is booming.
North Little Rock's first Indian restaurant a standout.
Church-state disputes arise frequently in Arkansas because we are a state dominated by conservative Christians who believe in evangelism.
I was a lucky boy. You could catch a string of bream for dinner in the spring-fed creek below the house on Champagnolle Road, swim in its frigid "blue hole" below the bridge and not get sick from either activity.
There is no record of a non-Christian state legislator ever receiving state and federal tax dollars to run a school openly promoting atheism. Or Buddhism, for that matter. Or Islam, or any other of the off-brand beliefs. If ever such a thing happens, we'll begin to pay attention to the Religious Right's complaints, voiced loudly at a recent Washington convention, that Christians are persecuted in this country.
Last week, officials with Central Arkansas Transit Authority met with community leaders in Little Rock to discuss ways to attract more riders to the River Rail trolley and combat the widely-held impression the trolley is more of a rolling tourist trap than a viable commuting option.
"Doug Smith's article ("Toxic judicial elections and how to avoid them," Nov. 2) did not scratch the surface of this important issue."
Most folks who are married have a mother-in-law, and sometimes it works out well. That said, I know there are those mother-in-laws who seem like the spawn of Satan.
Sexual harassment by a presidential candidate has been in the news of late and, as coincidence would have it, a famous name from bygone years popped up on our computer screen Tuesday with a delayed benefit from her days as a candidate accuser.
Americans Elect, a somewhat mysterious group that filed petitions last week to have its presidential candidate on the ballot in Arkansas, has been described as a "virtual third party," but its chief executive officer insists it's not a party at all.
Also a good week for hypocrisy and the South Main Street District. It was a bad week for Houston Nutt and Lt. David Hudson.
Plus Hunka Pie owner Chris Monroe has bought Starlite.
A review panel heard the truth yesterday(sub. reqd.)
The defeat of the Mississippi anti-abortion measure and Ohio voters' reject of an anti-union law were the big political news of election night, but there was more heartening news.
The New York Times continues to report confidently, though without named sources, that Joe Paterno's days as Penn State football coach are soon to be over.
Sheryl Little of Sherwood takes top honors and $25,000 and the "Best of Beef" grand prize in the 29th annual National Beef Cook-Off.
The Cupids Lingerie shop on W. 65th Street was robbed at 2:30 a.m. this morning, the second robbery in a week, Channel 4 reports.
The North Little Rock School District today provided me a copy of a letter it sent North Little Rock City Attorney Jason Carter proposing a settlement of the district's lawsuit over the city's tax increment finance district set up in late 2008.
Jucifer plays Downtown Music Hall Wednesday night.
"Bellflower" screens Wednesday night at Argenta Community Theater.
Brasil Guitar Duo plays St. Mark's Episcopal Church Thursday night.
The Dirty Guv'nahs play Stickyz Thursday night.
New collective's first show features Lindquist, Bruhl, Criswell, Cushman and more.
You can peruse precinct results on special election issues in Pulaski County here. Road bonds enjoyed support everywhere, of course.
A bipartisan group of senators — Sens. Mark Pryor and John "Dr. No" Boozman are among the sponsors — has again introduced legislation to allow that local sales taxes be collected on Internet sales.
Designer Drugs plays Revolution Thursday night.
Good stuff here with much beloved local troubadour Kevin Kerby talking about his history of playing music in Little Rock and of him playing AETN's "On the Front Row" with his son, Gus, helping out on fiddle.
A Republican friend sent a link from the Fox Noise machine where the wingnuts are busily stirring up a war on Christmas charge against Barack Obama over an Agriculture Deaprtment plan to impose a 15-cent-a-tree charge on large sellers of Christmas trees.
This should blow you away — and should silence all those thinking Joe Paterno is getting harsh treatment.
Fund-raiser is Thursday night at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.
Gene Lyons column is posted. A research technology park authority had its organizational meeting.
A collaborative mural by artists and children in Kabul.
Penn State students couldn't have provided a starker example of how big-time football is valued over just about everything, including the welfare of sexually abused children.
Surprised this didn't make the morning newspaper's wrapup on last night's presidential debate, but Rick Perry suffered another debate meltdown — forgetting the federal agencies he's vowing to eliminate.
An article in the morning paper quotes North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays about cuts that will be necessary as a result of voters' failure to approve a couple of sales tax increases.
More great reporting by the Democrat-Gazette's Michael Wickline this morning (pay wall) on Treasurer Martha Shoffner (still I sit by a silent phone awaiting her return calls).
Tom Cotton, who left Arkansas years ago but decided to favor the state with a return this year so 4th District voters could elect him as a Tea Party Republican to Congress, gets some critical attention in Mother Jones this week.
Order a Pony Burger at the Benton mainstay, and you may ask yourself "where's the beef?" Keep digging.
The Legislative Joint Auditing Committee is meeting this morning and fireworks are expected over the annual audit on the state Lottery Commission.
A.A. Bondy plays Stickyz Friday night.
Suzi Parker of U.S. News, who's always been chummy with Mike Huckabee, quotes sources as saying a coming Huckster trip to Branson, Mo., where he'll have Tony Orlando on his Fox News program for Nov. 12, is also about Huck checking out Branson as the site of a Huckabee country music variety show.
Jimbo Mathus and The Tri-State Coalition play White Water Tavern Friday night.
The Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police has issued a statement on the beating Police Lt. David Hudson gave a Ferneau restaurant patron on Halloween weekend.
Common Cause has issued a report on how the explosion of fracking for gas has been accompanied by an explosion of political giving by the frackers.
It was a party line vote, with Republicans holding fast to discrimination on account of sexual orientation, but a U.S. Senate committee today approved legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
Ceramic artist inspired music at Friday reception.
It is all too believable. The Republicans on the Super Committee have a revenue plan.
Thanks always for those who send a quick word about website glitches so I can get with our technical people to try to correct them.
Little Rock-born jazz pianist Walter Norris died in Berlin Oct. 29.
An e-mail has arrived from West Fork. Can I get a confirmation — or better yet, a photo?
North Little Rock City Attorney Jason Carter says he'll present a lawsuit settlement proposal to the City Council Monday night.
A new Arkansas Times podcast.
Here's another Arkansas angle in the evolving story about Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach charged with sexually abusing children.
Kathy Wells, president of the Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods, reported to members yesterday after the Central Arkansas Water Commission meeting on proposed land use rules for the Lake Maumelle watershed.
Ever-cautious Gov. Mike Beebe tells Stephens Media he's not ready to commit on the half-cent sales tax increase put on the 2012 ballot to pay for a four-lane highway construction program.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opens today in Bentonville and if you didn't have a timed ticket in advance, you won't be getting in today.
The Michigan House has approved compromise legislation against school bullying. It is directed at all bullying and omits Senate-passed language that provided protection to, for example, people who bully because their religion says it's OK to hate and harass gay children.
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents "Beethoven & Blue Jeans" with Daniel Bernard Roumain.
Historic Arkansas Museum's 2nd Friday Night offering.
Imagine a pecan pie and a burnt sugar pie. What would happen if they merged? You can find out at this little lunch dive in Lamar.
Gerard Matthews recently caught up with Lucero at Ardent Studios.
The New York Times reports here on how the growth of fracking for gas in Pennsylvania has reduced the pleasure of deer hunting and other outdoor pursuits.
Chuck Ragan plays White Water Tavern Sunday night.
Interesting item from Fox 16: A Faulkner County mom isn't happy that Prosecutor Cody Hiland has declined to press charges against a 17-year-old who sent her 12-year-old daughter text messages asking for nude pictures and urging her not to get caught.
Thanks to degenerateduck.com for a photo of the Bible verse posted on Growing God's Kingdom, the preschool operated primarily with tax dollars by Republican state Rep. Justin Harris of West Fork.
Arkansas Flag & Banner offers a free patriotic Christmas pet portrait Saturday
Lovely weather demands an early departure, doesn't it? Final words: * WE AREN'T PENN STATE: That assistant coach who says he witnessed the 2002 locker room rape and didn't report it to police has been placed on administrative leave.
It's Week in Review Podcast time.
It's the start of Modern Gun Deer Season here in Arkansas. So many hunters heading out into the woods... and some of them are going to be successful.
I know you've been hanging on waiting for the post that Max Brantley posted would come about 7 hours ago.
Minnijean Brown Trickey, a member of the Little Rock Nine, knows something about paying a price for standing up for principle.
Joe Nocera, writing in the New York Times about the sex abuse case rocking Penn State, is unstinting in his criticism of the school and Paterno for its failures, particularly in an area that had already been rocked by Catholic church sex abuse.
Interesting story in the New York Times today about how cities across Georgia last week voted to approve Sunday package sales of alcohol.
Public radio today had piece with some effete eastern art snobs complaining about a rich Arkie name of Walton acquiring a bunch of art and putting it in a building in her hometown.
Football or an open line. Your choice
Is Michele Bachmann still running for president? Guess so.
I'm in receipt of more details about an alternate proposal for the former Easter Seals training center property at the east end of Lee Avenue across a ravine from the owner of the land underneath the building, the Arkansas School for the Blind.
A number of correspondents have written to call attention to a short followup story in the Democrat-Gazette (pay wall) today that gives a full recitation of how Arkansas charter schools fared in meeting standards on state benchmark tests.
Over to you.
Sometimes it doesn't seem a week goes by without a story in the Democrat-Gazette about the effort to prevent closure of a small crossroads postoffice.
More to thank the National Rifle Association for: The ease with which an increasing number of felons are able to regain rights to carry guns.
Chelsea Clinton has been hired by NBC News to be a special correspondent on its "Making a Difference" series, which tells stories about volunteers working to improve their communities.
It's self-evident that Republican legislation to suppress voting — required photo IDs, limitations on hours and alternate ballot methods — is about depressing turnout among traditional Democratic constituencies, including black people, students, the elderly and the poor.
You never know what might turn up on eBay. Thanks to Gabe Holmstrom for alerting me to this piece of Arkansas history — doors to law offices that housed, among others, U.S. Sen John L. McClellan and Hamilton Moses, the former head of Arkansas Power and Light Company.
The artist writes about her work and visit to Crystal Bridges.
The U.S. Supreme Court today announced it would hear appeals of lower court rulings on the health care reform law.
Andy Allison, a Ouachita Baptist University graduate who's been running Kansas' Medicaid program, has been named to run the Arkansas Medicaid program.
Adelita's Way plays Juanita's tonight.
Another piece of evidence is in that suggests it's best not to take gas industry assurances about environmental risks of fracking with a grain of salt.
At the end of the month, we’ll unveil the third edition of our annual Big Ideas for Arkansas edition and, as usual, we’re taking nominations for ideas that would make Arkansas a better place to live.
Arkansas Catholic reports that Bishop AnthonyTaylor has suspended a Cherokee Village priest, Father Laurent Demets, for slapping a child at St. Michael Church in Cherokee Village.
A.A. Bondy played Stickyz Friday night.
The much-anticipated butcher shop Hillcrest Artisan Meats (H.A.M.) has opened at 2807 Kavanaugh, adjacent to Kroger.
54th Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center
Downtown Deli has closed for good, according to the restaurant's Facebook page. More when I've got it.
Funky day. Warm.
Bookgeeks rejoice: the new trailer for "The Hunger Games" film debuted today, and includes a few quick clips of Arkie Wes Bentley, who plays the diabolical Seneca Crane.
New York has joined the cities that believe there's a time limit on the First Amendment.
Some odds and ends from mail and elsewhere this morning: * HILLCREST PROPERTY DISPUTE: The Hillcrest Residents Association heard competing proposals last night to redevelop the former Easter Seals training center building at the eastern end of Lee Avenue.
See that big ad in the Sunday paper that seemed to laud U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin's work to protect medical care for seniors?
Dishonesty and U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin just seem to go hand in hand. It's been announced that Griffin will be the point man on a Republican publicity push today to beat up President Obama for withholding approval of a new pipeline from Canad in part because of environmental concerns that the pipeline could damage an important aquifer in Nebraska.
A tipster tells me Bill Walker, head of the Arkansas Workforce Education Deparment, and Robert Trevino, head of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, were on hand in Hot Springs for an announcement that the state will be closing the hospital portion of the Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center in February, a move said to mean the loss of 30 jobs.
Republican state Rep. Justin Harris, who operates state-subsidized preschool Bible classes in West Fork, apparently is having second thoughts about joining the Perry Posse, the 20 state legislators who signed a letter endorsing Rick Perry's presidential candidacy.
Iron & Wine played at UCA Sunday night.
Adam Faucette & The Tall Grass play White Water Tavern with Gum Creek Killers.
A flyer with the details.
The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board today upheld the director's rejection of an application by Juanita's restaurant for a private club permit that would have allowed it to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. at its River Market location.
Nominations are due Dec. 2.
The Walton Family Foundation announced today that it will put another $25.5 million in KIPP charter schools over the next five years to expand the number of children they can enroll.
How bad is Mitt Romney? New polling shows President Obama ahead of Mitt Romney.
The line is open. Final words: * MORE CHARTER SCHOOLS: The state Board of Education today continued review of charter school applications.
Republican congressional Beth Anne Rankin proudly announced today that she's obtained a concealed handgun carry permit. I say she and opponent Tom Cotton, military vet, should have a shoot-off.