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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CORPORATE WELFARE. Arkansas officials seem all too ready to fork over $1 billion worth of corporate welfare to lure a German steelmaker that is auctioning itself to the highest bidder among poor Southern states.
DOWNTOWN LITTLE ROCK. The vacant library building at Seventh and Louisiana was purchased by a contractor that manages data for Entergy Corp., a move that will bring many information tech jobs to the city.
JUSTIN MINKEL. A Springdale elementary teacher who’s achieved notable success in improving the performance of children who speak English as a second language was named Arkansas’s Teacher of the Year.
JERMAIN TAYLOR. The middleweight boxer retained his world championship with a decision over Kassim Ouma before more than 10,000 hometown fans at Alltel Arena.
MODERATION. The Family Council, a leading lobby for religious conservatives, sent out a fund-raising letter saying it expected that incoming Gov. Mike Beebe wouldn’t be as supportive of its causes as Gov. Mike Huckabee. Two words if true: Hoo Ray.
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NORTH LITTLE ROCK RESIDENTS. The party’s over. Electric rates are going up 38 percent for residents; other utility bills are going up on account of franchise fees; and business taxes are going up to pay for the higher wholesale cost of electric power. City-financed frills may be a thing of the past.
THE HUCKSTER WATCH
He solicited money in his Christmas card, in addition to seeking huge donations to his Hope for America PAC; packed up office furniture to take with him (see the Arkansas Reporter page) and, according to the Democrat-Gazette, continued to give the State Police plane a workout in 2006. Four weeks to go.
Best of luck. Will look forward to watching the results with high hopes for him.
This is amazing. Please do more of these in the future. Thanks so much for…
At least Debbie Pelley isn't running for anything.( probably proslyetizing those communist bike trails),