Favorite

WM3

The West Memphis Three case may not stir much attention in Arkansas, but it’s still a cause on the West Coast. There’s a benefit auction at the Minna Gallery in San Francisco May 12 featuring the art of Damien Echols, sentenced to die in the slayings of three West Memphis children, and a number of other artists. You can get the details, as well as an interview with Echols, at www.skeletonkeyart.com



Let there be light

In the search for the big picture in education, we sometimes fail to shine a little light on the small stuff. That’s where Lights for Literacy comes in. The new nonprofit is working to meet some basic educational needs for Arkansas kids. How basic? Dictionaries (of which it has already distributed several hundred). Desk lamps to illuminate homework. Computers.

Interested in helping out? Write the director of the program, Jane Gray-Todd, at info@lightsforlit.org. The website is www.LightsforLit.org.





A church for working moms

It made national headlines in April 1997 when Clyde Gray, pastor of Berryville’s First Baptist Church, shut the church day care center. He said a working mother violated scripture and could transfer her affections to her boss. It was all downhill for the church from there. Many members left. The church eventually closed.

But Ginger Shiras of the Harrison Daily Times reported a happy ending recently. On Easter Sunday, the church building reopened. It had been sold by the Arkansas Baptist Convention, which took possession after the closure, to a new congregation that will adopt the name First Baptist Church.

Shiras’ article quoted a congregation founder, Dr. Eric Spann, as saying a “mother’s day out” child care program would be among the church’s first services and a day care center was part of the church’s first-year plan. Wrote Shiras: “He said Bro. Richard Hamlin of the sponsoring church had told the new church to ‘serve people where they are’ and in 2006 nobody needed support more than young mothers in the workplace.”




Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Most Shared

  • ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

    Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Latest in Smart Talk

  • Better than Texas

    Arkansas's tax system is slightly more friendly to the poorest people, but only slightly.
    • Aug 24, 2011
  • Small-school champions

    Two Arkansas congressmen are among the 14 sponsors of a bill that would "correct" a provision of the federal school-funding formula they say favors large school districts over small districts.
    • Aug 24, 2011
  • Bipartisan race

    The rise of Republicanism in Arkansas has brought a rare two-party race to the state Senate in Southeast Arkansas, traditionally a Democratic stronghold.
    • Aug 24, 2011
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »

September

S M T W T F S
  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

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

 

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