Save your quarters

Slot machines are coming. Wait. Don’t call them slot machines.

Additional forms of “electronic gaming” are coming to Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs and Southland Greyhound Park in West Memphis, thanks to an act of the legislature and two recent special elections.

The state Racing Commission will take up the subject Dec. 8. That day, it will begin a review of proposals from gambling industry consultants on standards for the new games, regulations and procedures for testing the machines. At the same time, the tracks are drawing up proposals on the types of games, the number of machines, the hours of operation and the location in the two tracks.

A spokesman for the Racing Commission predicted it would take six to seven months to work through the regulatory issues to put the games in place. Neither track has said yet what type of games will be played. Video poker is the odds-on bet.


Tsunamis, monster hurricanes, floods, droughts — as if the tinfoil-hat brigade wasn’t worried enough about the end of the world, now there comes something new to sweat over: earthquakes. As detailed in the June issue of the prestigious science journal Nature, scientists at the University of Memphis Center for Earthquake Research and Information say that the New Madrid Fault — responsible for a massive 1812 quake that caused the Mississippi River to run backwards — might be gearing up for another big one. By sinking global positioning instruments 60 feet deep at 11 sites along the fault, scientists were able to show an average of an eighth of an inch of movement per year — the equivalent of the Harlem Shuffle in geologic terms. Speaking to the Chicago Tribune, Arch Johnson, director of the U. of Memphis center, said: “It’s significant. It confirms we’re seeing deforming in the region at a far more rapid rate than we anticipated.”

Mystic pizza

Judy Waller will turn the ground floor of the historic Pulaski Heights Masonic Lodge 673 in Hillcrest into a new location for her U.S. Pizza chain of restaurants.

Waller is closing on a deal to buy the lodge this week, reportedly for $675,000. The building has been on the market for more than a year; the Masons are selling because of declining membership.

Waller will also use the 6,100-square-foot building, which includes a large hall and stage for Masonic rituals on its second floor, for her business offices. The lodge is on the north side of Kavanaugh between Ash and Beechwood.

Down the street at 2814 Kavanaugh, Waller will expand Hillcrest Liquor into the space currently occupied by her pizza restaurant to create a more upscale liquor store.


From the ArkTimes store


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Baker Kurrus: Opposes Little Rock School District tax proposal

    Baker Kurrus has written a monumental essay explaining why he opposes the proposal in the May 9 special , the Little Rock lawyer and businessman who long served on the Little Rock School Board and spent a year as its superintendent after the state takeover before being fired by Education Commissioner
    • Apr 29, 2017
  • Before the flood

    Twitter is flooded with predictions of sandbag-requiring flash flooding and torrential rains today, particularly in Northwest Arkansas. Keep us posted.
    • Apr 29, 2017
  • Three homicides in Polk County and a continuing search for missing child

    The Polk County Pulse Facebook page has posted this video from Mena of Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer reporting Friday on the discovery of the body of a two-year-old girl in a developing multiple homicide case.
    • Apr 29, 2017
  • More »

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Most Shared

  • Workers stiffed

    How is it going with the great experiment to make the Republican Party the champion of the sons and daughters of toil instead of the oligarchs of wealth and business?
  • Former state board of education chair Sam Ledbetter weighs in on Little Rock millage vote

    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.
  • O'Reilly's fall

    Whom the gods would destroy, they first make TV stars.

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 »

Visit Arkansas

Fishing the Diamond Lakes of Arkansas

Fishing the Diamond Lakes of Arkansas

Arkansas angler and fishing expert Billy Murray shares his extensive knowledge of the Diamond Lakes of Arkansas

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

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Eye for an eye

    • It seem evident that the death penalty is not a deterrent to any specified abborant…

    • on April 27, 2017
  • Re: Country Club of Little Rock: Still for Whites only

    • But plenty of other groups have their own clubs. Seems you are anti-White if you…

    • on April 26, 2017

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