From subwoofers to spas, the readers of the Arkansas Times have spoken, and provided, for the 17th year running, a list of Arkansas's best. Besides the results for the zillions of categories voted on, the Times offers several features on winners and runners-up and, as usual, a slew of editor's picks.
The Observer's ceiling fan in the Great Hall of the Observatory went on the blink over the weekend. That's not a biggie. We've replaced ceiling fans before. Only after we'd taken it down, though, did we find that the problem wasn't the fan, nor was it the wall switch.
There is likely a substantial pocket of people who, after the NCAA wrought its judgment on Penn State this week, felt like the organization had stepped far afield and gone down some kind of uneasy road of moral authority.
Paul Hewitt, the recently retired Fayetteville school superintendent, has an innovative idea: Turn all schools in a school district over to charter school management companies. No, he's not talking about Little Rock. He thinks the experiment should start on the home turf of the country's biggest backers of charter schools.
It was just a little over a year ago when Baker Kurrus was hired as the superintendent of the Little Rock School District. With new Education Commissioner Johnny Key there was a strong concern that the Little Rock school system would be converted to all charter schools and the entire public education system would disappear.