AUG. 20-26, 2008 

AUG. 20-26, 2008

It was a GOOD week for …


POLICE WORK. More than two years after Arkansas Tech student Nona Dirksmeyer was killed in her Russellville apartment, and a year after her boyfriend was tried and acquitted, another man, Gary Dunn of Dover, was charged with capital murder in the case.


FREEDOM OF RELIGION. The Arkansas Career Orientation Teachers Association withdrew a religion-oriented survey after the parent of a student who'd been given the survey protested. Students in a career-orientation class at Flippin Middle School had to fill out the survey, which included questions asking whether the students believed “in a God who answers prayers,” whether they said grace before meals and whether they believed they should tithe 10 percent of their earnings to a church.


HER BROTHER, THE JUDGE. Justice Jim Gunter of the Arkansas Supreme Court escaped facing a battery charge after his sister, Janet Gibson of Dade City, Fla., declined to press charges. Gibson had told authorities earlier that Gunter struck her and shoved her to the floor at their father's home in Hope on Sept. 2. Special Prosecutor Larry Jegley called the matter a “sad family situation.”


BIG MONEY. Analysis of financial documents showed that Alltel Corp.'s top six officers received more than $495 million in compensation last year. Chief executive officer Scott Ford alone received almost $194 million.


It was a BAD week for …


SHOOTOUTS. A man identified as Steven Smith was fatally shot by police in Jacksonville after he allegedly sprayed his neighbors' homes and cars with bullets, then barricaded himself in a house and traded fire with officers.


PREJUDICE. Supporters of a proposed ban on foster and adoption parenting by unmarried couples succeeded in getting their proposal on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.



Maudie Hopkins, 93, the last publicly known Confederate widow, died at a Helena-West Helena hospital. She married her first husband, a Confederate veteran, in Baxter County in 1934, when she was 19 and he was 86.


From the ArkTimes store


Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Readers also liked…

  • Eligible voters removed from rolls

    Arkansas Times reporters contacted election officials around the state to see how they had handled flawed felon data from the secretary of state. Responses varied dramatically.
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • Real Republicans don't do pre-K

    Also, drifting away from trump, Hudson's downfall at ASU and more.
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • Asa on pre-K

    • Aug 17, 2016

Most Shared

  • So much for a school settlement in Pulaski County

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Cynthia Howell got the scoop on what appears to be coming upheaval in the Pulaski County School District along with the likely end of any chance of a speedy resolution of school desegregation issues in Pulaski County.
  • Riverfest calls it quits

    The board of directors of Riverfest, Arkansas's largest and longest running music festival, announced today that the festival will no longer be held. Riverfest celebrated its 40th anniversary in June. A press release blamed competition from other festivals and the rising cost of performers fees for the decision.
  • Football for UA Little Rock

    Andrew Rogerson, the new chancellor at UA Little Rock, has decided to study the cost of starting a major college football team on campus (plus a marching band). Technically, it would be a revival of football, dropped more than 60 years ago when the school was a junior college.
  • Turn to baseball

    When the world threatens to get you down, there is always baseball — an absorbing refuge, an alternate reality entirely unto itself.

Latest in The Week That Was

  • Riverfest calls it quits

    Also, deseg saga continues, Cotton targets legal immigration and more.
    • Jul 20, 2017
  • Martin dumps data

    Michael Reed interview, Hutchinson announces aid to LRPD, Candidates announces for mayor
    • Jul 13, 2017
  • Wrong people

    Power Ultra shooting, Asa on the Senate health plan, Rapert on the media and more.
    • Jul 6, 2017
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »


2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31  

Most Viewed

  • A week at Midtown

    Can a dive bar be reborn?
  • Plan for the homeless echoes Gillam Park history

    It's a dumping ground, again.
  • Repulsed

    Regardless of the spectrum of your religious beliefs or lack of, does alluding to any religious icon or symbol of any religion [when writing of] the joys of double-finger penetration inspire any of your readers to any form of greatness?

Most Recent Comments


© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation