• Issue of
  • Nov 30 - Dec 6, 2011
  • Vol. 38, No. 14
Digital Edition


  • Visions for a new Broadway Bridge
  • Visions for a new Broadway Bridge

    he Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department plans to replace the Broadway Bridge in 2013 with a $45 million project. Local officials, including Mayors Mark Stodola of Little Rock and Pat Hays of North Little Rock and County Judge Buddy Villines, want an iconic structure that would likely cost more than $45 million. Metroplan has tried to inspire interest in such a bridge with an online survey and a design contest. See the best of the contest entries.
  • Big Ideas for Arkansas
  • Big Ideas for Arkansas

    From the pragmatic to the visionary.
  • Unexpected stardom

    Kristi Malzahan, wife of Auburn assistant football coach Gus Malzahn, was among friends when she appeared Oct. 6 at The Summit luncheon series sponsored by Cross Church, the Springdale-based megachurch.
  • Easter Seals development

    The Hillcrest Residents Association has received an indication from Easter Seals that the charity won't pursue further a proposal to sell its land lease, and a largely vacant former training center on Lee Avenue, to Little Rock businessman John Chandler for $240,000 for redevelopment for offices.
  • Bonus blues

    The Pulaski County Quorum Court recently voted a 4 percent pay bonus for all county employees including themselves.
  • Saved by SUV

    On a particularly groggy Thursday morning, rounding out a particularly spiteful week of misfires, The Observer bummed a ride from the Significant Other and canine friend because ye old jalopy (that really isn't so old) was having an expensive, two-mechanics-worthy temper tantrum.


  • Bold talk

    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has called the dogs off a high school student who'd spoken harshly of him. Some see this as admission that it's hard not to speak harshly of Sam Brownback, but more likely, the governor's uncharacteristic display of tolerance was prompted by all the criticism he was receiving from people who believed a governor should have better things to do than seek retribution on an 18-year-old girl, even a mouthy one.
  • A bridge too few

    Little Rock's Broadway Bridge, which opened in 1923, was supposed to be a cutting edge design and last for 1,000 years. The state Highway Transportation Department proposes to replace it 910 years early, in 2013, with $45 million in bridge construction money.
  • The season of apostates
  • The season of apostates

    You can now make it a political maxim. No Republican can be a serious candidate for the presidential nomination in 2012 without a record of apostasy on all the burning issues of the day.
  • Sick, also tired

    I don't know about you but I'm sick and tired of all the squabbling over whether it was the Knights of Columbus or the Minnesota Vikings who discovered America.
  • Politics makes us stupid

    With a presidential election in the offing, Americans are increasingly inclined to divide into rival tribes contemptuous of the "other." It often seems that the higher the stakes, the more foolish the national dialogue.


  • Two Cow Garage returns
  • Two Cow Garage returns

    Plus, 'Fiddler on the Roof,' Wing Spur Wild Horses Benefit, Se7en Sharp, Slobberbone and Two Cow Garage, Alchemy Songwriting Contest, Kingsdown, Little Rock Wind Symphony, River City Men's Chorus.
  • Saddest day of the year

    I like to think I'm a reasonable man. I've accomplished childhood goals. Traveled all over the world. Dined with heads of state. Yet here I am, pulling into the overflow parking area at 11:55 p.m. on Thanksgiving night for Target's Black Friday sale.



Visit Arkansas

Searching for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Searching for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park

A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.


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