Though he risked his life battling hundreds of blazes and Haz-Mat spills during his 24 years as a firefighter with the Springdale Fire Department, Capt. Harold "Bud" Planchon is in the biggest fight of his life right now, battling terminal colorectal cancer that has spread to his liver.
You may not know attorney Robert Newcomb, 67, but you've seen the full-figured lawyer with the snowy beard repeatedly in the media doing his annual turn as Santa Claus. He's everywhere, from Children's Hospital to CARTI events and all over TV and the papers.
The Observer was saddened to open the paper this week and learn the tale of how the Obamamobile — a 1978 Cutlass on circus-wagon-sized wheels, emblazoned with President Obama's face — had been stolen from its owner in Little Rock, taken to Pine Bluff and stripped.
At last week's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, one expected that the Obama campaign would brag to the record number of LGBT delegates about the historic inclusion of a plank in the party platform advocating marriage equality.
News coverage of presidential campaigns used to follow Harold Ross's prime directive: If you can't be funny be interesting. I go back to Mencken's Archangel Woodrow and Thurber's Dewey, Dewey Fog, but I don't remember it rising to funny after Hunter Thompson on Jimmy Carter in 1976. It might've occasionally got up to interesting after that, but it's been pretty categorically dismal for at least 20 years now.
" 'I was proud of him,' Winsockey Coach Ram Bamm said. 'I think he's really in a good place in the fact that he got his first start out of the way, which for a quarterback is big. I think it gives him a little more piece of mind ...' "
Also 'West of Memphis' at Market Street, Saint Vitus at Revolution, Ben Nichols and Adam Faucett at Revolution, American Aquarium and Austin Lucas at White Water Tavern, 2 Chainz at the Metroplex and 'Arkansas Champion Trees' at Terry House Community Arts Center.
by Robert Bell, David Koon, Leslie Newell Peacock and Lindsey Millar
Last Friday night, as many Arkansans were having trees flung into their homes by the strongest non-tornadic storm to blow through Central Arkansas in quite some time, I was sitting comfortably in a sold-out theater, watching one of the most compelling, thoughtful, well-acted, and, yes, hilarious, Shakespeare plays I have ever seen. The Rep's current take on "Henry V" is a spectacle to behold.
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.