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Scott McCormack, head of the family and farm, trained at Vermont’s Institute of Artisan Cheese acquiring skills in basic and advanced cheese making. The time he’s invested into producing superior cheese is evident in all of White River’s products.
Cache Restaurant, the much-anticipated dining anchor of The Arcade from Rush Harding and his son, Chef Payne Harding, let a select group inside tonight for a preview party. The Times' Brian Chilson was among them.
Sally Mengel and Rachel Moore talk about the deliciousness they dish up at Loblolly Creamery in our latest collaboration with Greg Spradlin and Camp Friday Films.
Sculpture, printmaking, painting exhibition opens tonight.
Textile artists at Butler Center, exhibit at seven other venues, all reachable by trolley.
Lots of Little Rock artists will be gathered around the Festivus Pole.
America's poor have risen and fallen as objects of politics in cycles of 30 to 50 years, and in the era of Barack Obama and the tea party they have scaled yet another peak. /more/
"We have just enough religion to make us hate," wrote Jonathan Swift "but not enough to make us love one another." A lifelong religious controversialist, the 18th century Irish satirist definitely knew whereof he wrote. After all, it's fewer than 20 years since Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland quit dynamiting each other's gathering places. /more/
“I’m shocked. It’s outrageous,“ said John Diamond of the vote this morning by the Joint Audit committee to prevent testimony from being given by Brad Choate and Joy Sharp, the UA Advancement employees who lost their jobs over that Division’s budget deficits. Diamond, who was formerly the UA’s top spokesperson before being fired earlier this year, has said that Chancellor David Gearhart ordered the destruction of documents related to the audit. It was those allegations in a September meeting of the committee that led Chief Legislative Auditor Roger Norman to keep the audit open and refer the matter to the Washington County prosecutor for investigation.
In September, the committee heard extensively from Gearhart and other UA officials, who painted a narrative that pins the blame for financial mismanagement solely on Choate and Sharp. This morning, Choate was supposed to deliver a statement to the committee that presented his side of what happened in the Advancement Division. But legislators — mostly Democrats — voted to suppress that testimony entirely. Because Choate is legally bound by an agreement to not “disparage” Gearhart, Treasurer Jean Schook, or Vice Chancellor Don Pederson, testifying under oath was the only venue in which he could deliver his side of the story. He’s relocated to Austin since leaving Fayetteville and he says he drove to Little Rock to deliver this testimony today.
It’s not clear whether Sharp intended to testify or not; she left as quickly as possible after the meeting acrimoniously concluded. But given her low profile and avoidance of media, it’s all the more upsetting that the committee didn’t afford Sharp the chance to make a statement. The Washington County prosecutor’s report released yesterday gives the impression that Sharp committed no wrongdoing intentionally, but rather that she was overwhelmed by her job and allowed to take the fall for larger oversights.
The legislators permitted only one person to give testimony this morning: John Goodson of the UA Board of Trustees. He said the Board is addressing any lingering issues associated with the Advancement deficits and their fallout. “We have heard you loud and clear,” Goodson reassured the committee. “[The Board] has accepted every single recommendation made by Roger Norman.”
Benji Hardy of the Legislative Digest tells me that a hot debate is underway at the Legislative Audit Committee this morning.
Police say Rosa Dina Castro Orellana, 39, died from a cut throat about 11 p.m. Thursday. Jose Romero, 43, was arrested for the killing. He also had a knife wound to the neck.
According to a police report, the couple's daughter called police to say her father had cut her mother's throat then cut his own throat before fleeing. He was taken into custody when he returned to their house at 6924 Grace Street.
Rank corruption. End of story.
Any of these guys been given football tickets?
I hate to pile on with the negative comments, but the rib-eye entree is $74?…
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