March 19-25, 2008 

MARCH 19 - 25

It was a good week for …

STATE HIGHWAYS. The votes promised, Gov. Mike Beebe called a special legislative session to begin March 31 to enact a raise in the severance tax on natural gas, predicted to eventually produce as much as $100 million a year for roads.

DEVELOPERS AROUND LAKE MAUMELLE. Pulaski County ditched portions of a plan proposed by consultant Tetra Tech and approved by Central Arkansas Water to protect the watershed. Residents demanded at a hearing Monday that the county restore the protections to the ordinance.

HOOPS IN CENTRAL ARKANSAS. Sell-out crowds attended first- and second-round NCAA Tournament basketball games at Alltel Arena. (Meanwhile, the Razorbacks were playing in Raleigh, N.C., where they beat Indiana in the first round and lost big to North Carolina, the tournament favorite, in the second.)

BASEBALL AND GENEROSITY. Torii Hunter, an All-Star major league outfielder, committed $500,000 to build a new baseball complex at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Hunter's hometown.

LINDA WATSON. Black members of the Little Rock School Board outvoted white members, 4 to 3, to hire her as school superintendent.

It was a bad week for …

KEEPING YOUR HEAD ABOVE WATER. Thanks to record rains last week, the worst flooding in 25 years hit much of Arkansas, leaving hundreds homeless, thousands of acres of farmland inundated and two dead. Gov. Beebe declared 35 counties disaster areas.

BOONEVILLE. Hundreds were evacuated after the Cargill Meat Solutions processing plant exploded Sunday. The plant burned to the ground, leaving 800 people in the town of 4,117 without jobs if Cargill decides not to rebuild.

ERMA FINGERS HENDRIX. Alleging inadequate representation, Little Rock residents submitted more than 2,400 signatures at City Hall in an effort to remove the Ward 1 city director from office.


From the ArkTimes store


Subscribe to this thread:

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

  • Guest Playlist: Flap Jones of "Not Necessarily Nashville" schools us on real country music

    "Not Necessarily Nashville," which airs on KUAR-FM 89.1 every Saturday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., celebrates three decades of the "best of the rest of country music" Saturday, October 21 at the White Water Tavern with Brad Williams of The Salty Dogs & The Creek Rocks, and we asked host Flap Jones to curate a playlist for us ahead of that anniversary celebration.
  • Discussion: State killing of the mentally ill

    The Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and others will have a forum on mental illness and the death penalty at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Bowen School of Law's Friday Courtroom.

Latest in The Week That Was

Event Calendar

« »


1 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

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: 'Every day was a Tuesday'

    • Perceptions of being affected by Tuberculosis (TB) Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by the…

    • on October 22, 2017
  • Re: 2017 Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival preview

    • Yusssss!!!!!

    • on October 20, 2017
  • Re: Last

    • Such a great Observer column, but then they are all pretty damned good. It's the…

    • on October 19, 2017

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