RINGING THE BELL: Denise Ennett rings the bell in Mount Holly Cemetery on Tuesday, April 14, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Arkansas's ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawing slavery. President Abraham Lincoln pushed for the 13th Amendment; later on the night of April 14, 1865, he was assassinated at Ford's Theater in Washington. Also this month at Mount Holly: Garden Series on Saturday, April 18, at 9 a.m. and the Mount Holly Picnic on Sunday, April 26, at 5 p.m.
Mourners stand over the casket of Corporal C.G. Bolden of Clinton during a Feb. 21 memorial service. Bolden was taken prisoner while fighting in Korea in January 1951 and died in a P.O.W. camp four months later. His remains were returned to the U.S. by the North Korean government in the 1990s, and were identified through DNA testing in December.
Arkansas Times contributor Jacob Rosenberg is at the Cummins Unit in Grady filing dispatches tonight in advance of the expected execution of Ledell Lee, who was sentenced to death for the Feb. 9, 1993, murder of Debra Reese, 26, who was beaten to death in the bedroom of her home in Jacksonville.
Ledbetter, the former state Board of Education chair who cast the decisive vote in 2015 to take over the LRSD, writes that Education Commissioner Johnny Key "has shown time and again that he is out of touch with our community and the needs of the district." However, Ledbetter supports the May 9 vote as a positive for the district's students and staff.
Indivisible Central Arkansas's town hall Sunday at St. Michael's Episcopal Church drew hundreds of attendees who wanted to express their concerns to their representatives in Washington, D.C. Congressmen in attendance: Zero.