You don’t have to wait for the newspaper any more to check the marriage licenses.

The Pulaski circuit/county clerk’s website, pulaskiclerk.com, has been upgraded. In the last month, the page — which had previously featured only voter registration information — has started offering access to court docket entries for criminal and civil cases and marriage licenses, some going back to 1985. The information is searchable by name or case number, and plans are in the works to expand the program to include probate cases, minister credentials and domestic relations cases.

Clerk Pat O’Brien said that by the end of the year, web surfers should have free access to full, digitized court records online, with the archive going back to April 2005.

A nu job

Add Paul Novicky’s name to the list of Little Rock chefs who’ve left the world of fine cuisine to flip burgers. A source tells us Novicky is buying Continental Cuisine, which owns the Purple Cow concept, from Paul Bash and Ed Moore. A press release issued earlier this week said Novicky is indeed leaving Nu Cuisine Lounge as executive chef and co-owner, and said he was looking at pursuing a casual family-oriented business, which would fit the Purple Cow.

Other changes are in store at Nu as well: The restaurant will close on May 4 for renovations to both its decor and menu.

Campaign payroll

Mike Huckabee’s exploratory committee filed its first quarterly report this week and his fund-raising of $540,000 put him well down the list of presidential contenders. But he’s operating cheaply, with only about $170,000 in expenditures.

Some things don’t come cheap, however. The filing indicates that campaign manager Chip Saltsman is being paid $7,500 every two weeks, or $15,000 a month. If that continues for a year, you do the math.

Other notable pay includes $5,000 a month to an Alice Fraker. Is that a name we hadn’t known previously for long-time press aide Alice Stewart? Seems possible, since we couldn't find here name elsewhere, but we hadn’t gotten an e-mail response to the point at press time.



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