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Letter carriers rally for 6-day delivery at LR Post Office

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Through the blustery wind and cold temperatures Sunday afternoon, chants of "U.S.A. for six day!" could be heard at the Little Rock Post Office on Capitol Avenue as a group gathered to rally behind the U.S. Postal Service's current six-day mail delivery.

Central African Republic president overthrown by rebels

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BANGUI, Central African Republic — Rebels who invaded the capital two months after signing a peace agreement overthrew Central African Republic's president of a decade on Sunday, as fighters seized the presidential palace and declared him the country's former leader.

Musharraf returns to Pakistan intent on comeback

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KARACHI, Pakistan — Former President Pervez Musharraf returned home Sunday hoping to make a political comeback despite Taliban death threats and looming arrest warrants. But judging by the lackluster crowd at the airport to greet him, his biggest challenge could be his waning popularity.

Israeli military responds to fire from Syria

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JERUSALEM — Israel's army said it fired a guided missile into Syria on Sunday, destroying a military post after gunfire flew across the border and struck an Israeli vehicle.

EU chief spurring negotiations on Cyprus deal

posted: 03/24/2013 9:52 a.m. Discuss

BRUSSELS — A top European official is leading a high-level meeting Sunday afternoon in a last-ditch effort to help Cyprus come up with a plan necessary for a 10 billion euro bailout loan that would save it from bankruptcy.

Syrian opposition coalition falls into disarray

updated: 03/24/2013 12:27 p.m. Discuss

BEIRUT — Syria's Western-backed opposition plunged into disarray on Sunday as its president resigned and its military leader refused to recognize a prime minister recently elected to lead an interim rebel government.

Kerry warns Iraq on Iran flights to Syria

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BAGHDAD — The U.S. has made clear that Iraq shouldn't allow Iran to use its airspace to ship weapons and fighters to Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Sunday during an unannounced trip to Baghdad.

Senate meets all night, OKs a budget plan

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WASHINGTON — After an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., the Senate on Saturday adopted its first budget in four years, a $3.7 trillion blueprint for 2014 that would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red a decade from now.

Experts fear for aliens held in isolation

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On any given day, about 300 illegal aliens are held in solitary confinement at the 50 largest detention facilities that make up the sprawling patchwork of holding centers nationwide overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, according to new federal data.

Pryor is on Bloomberg gun-control ad-blitz list

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The commercial is an appeal to gun owners: A middle-aged hunter, rifle in hand, vows that he will fight to protect the Second Amendment. But he also urges voters to support comprehensive background checks, “so criminals and the dangerously mentally ill can’t buy guns.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday will begin bankrolling a $12 million national advertising campaign that focuses on senators who he thinks can be persuaded to support a pending package

GOP to go after the gaffes

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Republicans are touting a 100-page report full of calls for reaching out to minority voters and projecting an air of tolerance. But three paragraphs spell out another way of doing business: stalking Democrats.

Mine delays raise Buddhist city hope

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MES AYNAK, Afghanistan — It had the potential to be another Afghanistan Buddha disaster, recalling the Taliban’s destruction of two ancient statues that had stood for centuries in this country’s west: A buried Buddhist city lost to time was about to be obliterated by what promised to be one of the largest copper mines in the world.

Spending cuts ground military’s aerial performers

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A screaming comes across the sky. Again and again, all day long.

Agriculture spats threaten U.S.-EU deal

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama used Washington’s grandest stage — the State of the Union speech — to announce negotiations with Europe aimed at creating the world’s largest free-trade agreement. Just weeks later, there are signs that old agriculture disputes are threatening the deal.

Snowstorm bogs Colorado, Plains

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An early-spring snowstorm forced the cancellation of more than 100 flights at Denver International Airport and closed several roads Saturday as it moved eastward, dumping more than a foot of snow in some places.

Roe effect seen in gay-marriage cases

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WASHINGTON — When the Supreme Court hears a pair of cases on samesex marriage Tuesday and Wednesday, the justices will be working in the shadow of a 40-year-old decision on another subject entirely: Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established a constitutional right to abortion.

Airport sign falls, killing 10-year-old

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A sign at the Birmingham airport fell on a family Friday, killing a 10-year boy and injuring other family members.

France: Mali militant chief dead

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The al-Qaida linked warlord Abdelhamid Abou Zeid was killed in combat with French-led troops in Mali in February, France said Saturday, ending weeks of uncertainty about whether one of the group’s leading commanders in the region was dead.

U.S., Afghans agree on detention-center transfer

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. has reached an agreement with the Afghanistan government to transfer the Parwan Detention Facility to Afghan control, the Pentagon said Saturday, two weeks after negotiations broke down over whether the U.S. would have the power to block the release of some detainees.

Pope Francis treats Benedict as equal

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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — The two men in white embraced and showed one another the deference owed a pope in ways that surely turned Vatican protocol upside down: a reigning pope telling a retired one, “We are brothers,” and insisting that they pray side-by-side during a date to discuss the future of the Catholic Church.

Pentagon official suggests a rethink of Army M4 plans

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The Army risks wasting as much as $1.8 billion developing a replacement for the M4 carbine that it may not need, according to the Pentagon’s inspector general.

Cyprus talks end without a deal

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NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus officials and international representatives ended negotiation in the early hours of today with no agreement on a plan to raise money the island nation needs to qualify for a bailout package.

Philippines kidnappers free Australian

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MANILA, Philippines — An emaciated 54-year-old Australian man held for 15 months by a kidnap-for-ransom group in the southern Philippines was released Saturday, officials said.

Gun-debate Nazi claims disputed

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When the president of Ohio’s state School Board posted her opposition to gun control, she used a powerful symbol to make her point: a picture of Adolf Hitler. When a wellknown conservative commentator decried efforts to restrict guns, he argued that if only Jews in Poland had been better armed, many more would have survived the Holocaust.

IRS Trek parody stirs Congress ire

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Nobody’s going to win an Emmy for a parody of the TV show Star Trek filmed by Internal Revenue Service employees at an agency studio in Maryland.

Spotlight often seen gravitating to Cotton

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton has served in the House for only three months and already he has tallied a lengthy list of national media interviews and appearances at high-level political conferences.

TV news shows

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Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s This Week — Jim Messina, manager of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign; Republican consultant Karl Rove. 8 a.m., KATV, Channel 7, Little Rock.

The world in brief

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are doomed to find a solution, or else everything is ruined.” Christos Stylianides, a spokesman for the Cyprus government, as the country worked on a bailout deal with European officials ahead of a Monday deadline to avoid a banking collapse Article, this page

The nation in brief

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “This budget fails to strike the right balance between cutting our spending and setting up a path for future job creation and economic growth. Instead of one-party solutions, we should work together to find a balanced approach that will benefit our economy, seniors, and middle-class families.” U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, one of four Democrats to vote against his party’s budget plan, which was approved by the Senate on Saturday Article, 1A

Insurance debate leaves guides’ training in limbo

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Come summer, at least 535 trained guides will start fanning out across Arkansas, knocking on doors, setting up folding chairs in community centers and handing out brochures to spread the word across Arkansas about the state’s health-insurance exchange, which will open in January.

Names and faces

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Ellen DeGeneres was applauded by a rapturous Australian audience like a cherished part of the family as she introduced her Australian-born wife, Portia de Rossi, on a Sydney Harbor-side stage Saturday to begin prerecording Down Under segments for her U.S. TV show.

In the news

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Queen Elizabeth II, 86, needed no convincing to appear in a James Bond-themed skit during the opening ceremony of the London Olympics and in fact volunteered, Danny Boyle, the show’s director, said in an interview on ITV.

Democrat-Gazette wins top large-daily AP awards

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HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won sweepstakes and general excellence awards in the larger-daily newspaper division of the 2012 Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors contest.

SEC BASEBALL: Stanek zips past South Carolina

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Arkansas pitcher Ryne Stanek wasn’t unhittable Saturday, but he was close enough.

COMMENTARY: Tradition fine, but buy Jumbotron

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Go ahead. Get the tar and feathers.

Spring training roundup

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CARDINALS/METS Lynn adjusting JUPITER, Fla. — A lighter Lance Lynn is still adjusting to pitching at his new weight.

SOUTH REGION: Wolverines unleash own brand of havoc

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Michigan made havoc look helpless.

500 rally at Capitol to protest Arkansas’ new abortion laws

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Reacting to new abortion restrictions approved by Arkansas lawmakers this session, about 500 people protested Saturday on the steps of the state Capitol.

WEST REGION: Shockers pull off No. 1 shocker

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Gonzaga’s gone.


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WEST REGION Gonzaga eliminated SALT LAKE CITY — Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker scored 16 points apiece and Wichita State hit five consecutive three-pointers late to knock the topranked and No. 1 seeded Bulldogs out of the NCAA Tournament 76-70 Saturday.

Dirt turned on firefighter tribute

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Twenty-eight years after supporters first envisioned a memorial to fallen Arkansas firefighters, they were at the Capitol on Saturday to turn the first shovelfuls of earth.

Bill axes seniors’ algebra exit test

posted: 03/24/2013 3:33 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas’ version of a high school exit exam will for the first time this spring affect a senior’s ability to graduate — unless a bill before the General Assembly eliminates the requirement in anticipation of “next-generation” exams to begin in 2014-15.

EAST REGION: Marquette shows Butler door this time

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Back and forth went Marquette and Butler, trading makes and misses in a high-intensity rematch that made a case for being the best game so far of this NCAA Tournament.

State VA chief now ‘excited’ for women

posted: 03/24/2013 3:32 a.m. Discuss

While women’s status in the military hit a historic milestone in January when the Pentagon lifted the ban on women serving in combat roles, the announcement didn’t change the reality that women had already been in combat for years, Alicia “Cissy” Rucker told an audience Saturday in Little Rock.

Pensioners hold hope for merger

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Jimmy Hardester was a 42-year-old Little Rock police detective when rheumatoid arthritis in his hands forced him to retire.

MIDWEST REGION: Michigan State, Coach Izzo in familiar spot

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Here we go again for Michigan State.

Hundreds celebrate day Army sheared Elvis

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FORT SMITH — Carroll Newman sat in a chair in the barbershop at Fort Chaffee for his first military buzz cut in February 1958, a short time before Elvis Presley did the same.


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The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball: 17-29-31-52-53 Powerball: 31 Estimated jackpot: 320 million

PAPER TRAILS: Gill to star in show to honor Cash

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COUNTRYSIDE: Vince Gill is set to headline the third annual Johnny Cash Music Festival on Aug. 17 in the Arkansas State University’s Convocation Center at Jonesboro. The 7 p.m. show, hosted by Cash’s siblings, Tommy Cash and Joanne Cash Yates of Nashville, also will feature Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers and Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers. Tickets go on sale April 1 at www.,, and (888) 278-3267.

Donovan, Smith old court foes

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Today may feel like old times for Minnesota’s Tubby Smith and Florida’s Billy Donovan. They certainly are familiar with each other.

LIKE IT IS: All storylines take back seat to Henderson

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It has mostly been a great NCAA Tournament.

Williams can’t deny having fondness for Kansas

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North Carolina Coach Roy Williams has plenty of stories about his days at Kansas, and he pulled out one of the more poignant ones Saturday afternoon as the programs were preparing to meet in the third round of NCAA Tournament.


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OBITUARIES Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Other days

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100 YEARS AGO March 24, 1913 The Arkansas Supreme Court is expected to be ready with an opinion today in the celebrated contest for the office of acting governor between W.K. Oldham, president of the Senate, and J.M. Futrell, who was elected president pro tem. This is the second time the question of whether the president of the Senate, when he becomes acting governor before the conclusion of the legislative session, should continue to exercise the duties and prerogatives of governor, after the legislature adjourns. The Supreme Court today will establish a precedent to determine the right of succession of acting governor in the future.


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Exiled Russian oligarch, ally of Yeltsin MOSCOW — Boris Berezovsky, once the richest and most powerful of the so-called oligarchs who dominated post-Soviet Russia, and a close ally of Boris Yeltsin who helped install Vladimir Putin as president but later exiled himself to London after a bitter falling out with the Kremlin, died Saturday.

Parkway lanes set to close this week

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Maintenance to Interstate 630 and Financial Centre Parkway will result in lane closures starting Monday in west Little Rock, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has announced.

Hurricanes not alarmed, just having fun

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The Miami Hurricanes turned an unplanned fire drill into an impromptu party.

Craighead County deputy shoots man

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JONESBORO — A Craighead County deputy shot a man during a traffic stop Saturday night.

WOMEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT: Everyone pitches in for Lady Vols

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Tennessee got the kind of test it wanted in its women’s NCAA Tournament opener.

Clinton School team places 2nd in contest

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A team of students from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service placed second in the nation Saturday in the finals of Policy Solutions Challenge USA, a competition among U.S. schools of public policy, public affairs and public administration.

OUR TOWN: Little Rock notebook

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Hinson Road opens one lane Monday Little Rock announced that portions of Hinson Road will have one lane open to traffic Monday while workers finish the replacement and repair of a drainage structure.

Train crash knocks cars off 2 tracks

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A Union Pacific train derailment Saturday in White County sent an engineer to a hospital and caused delays for Amtrak, officials said.

Man, 31, shot in NLR parking lot dies of injuries

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A man died Friday night after being shot in North Little Rock late that evening, officers said.

Tough-guy Harris will help out Hogs

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Arkansas’ basketball season might have taken a turn for the better, particularly on the road, if Alandise Harris had been able to play instead of being limited to practice as a redshirt transfer.

23-year-old dies crossing freeway

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A 23-year-old Fort Smith man was killed Saturday while attempting to walk across Interstate 540 south of the bridge that crosses the Arkansas River, according to the Arkansas State Police.

Police beat

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NLR officers say drugs, cash in car North Little Rock police said a Vilonia man was arrested Friday after drugs were found in his car during a traffic stop.

WNIT: Berna assists record on the way

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Arkansas point guard Calli Berna figures to set the school season record for assists in today’s WNIT game against Tulane in Walton Arena.

I-430 lane to close for improvements

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Improvements to Interstate 430 will require a lane closure in west Little Rock on Tuesday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Pet of the week

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Alexis is our pet of the week. She is a 2-year-old border collie mix who weighs about 57 pounds. She surprised everyone when she gave birth to six beautiful puppies not long after she arrived. Now that they have homes, Alexis is ready for a loving home of her own. She can be fostered as well.

Man sought in Indiana death detained

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Authorities in Arkansas are holding an Indiana man who is accused of suffocating his girlfriend and leaving her body in the bathtub before heading west with their three children.

NIT: Alabama wrecks Stanford’s plans

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Levi Randolph scored 16 points and Retin Obasohan had a career-high 14 to lead Alabama to a 66-54 victory over Stanford on Saturday in the second round of the NIT.

Oaklawn Park report

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Morse still pondering Breeders’ HOT SPRINGS — Jan’s Perfect Star is scheduled to make her stakes and twoturn debut in the $60,000 Arkansas’ Breeders’ (female division) today at Oaklawn Park.

Saplings from tree Anne Frank saw taking root in U.S.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Saplings from the chestnut tree that stood as a symbol of hope for Anne Frank as she hid from the Nazis for two years in Amsterdam are being distributed to 11 locations in the United States as part of a project that aims to preserve her legacy and promote tolerance.

‘Rocket’ zooms to Stakes victory

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Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas and owner Willis Horton of Marshall are on a roll.

Rick Lee’s Oaklawn Park selections and analysis

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Profit plays Arkansas Democrat-Gazette handicapper Rick Lee has been given a fictional $1,000 bankroll to work with during the 2013 Oaklawn meeting. He can make as many plays as he wants daily.

Chase for Tiger is on at Bay Hill

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The shot looked daunting to Tiger Woods, and so did the view from the bunker behind the eighth green at Bay Hill. Across a small lake was a large scoreboard that showed Justin Rose off to such a hot start that Woods was five shots behind and trying not to lose ground.

Johnny Matthew Moore

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As a small-town boy from southwest Arkansas, Johnny Moore dreamed basketball would be the vehicle that would take him to the big city and, more importantly, the big bucks.

Black Onyx wins, earns Derby spot

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Black Onyx most likely took a big step toward the Kentucky Derby, winning the $550,000 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on Saturday.

SEC GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS: Early slip-ups throw off Arkansas

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An early slip on the uneven bars by one of its steadiest gymnasts didn’t stop Arkansas from putting together a solid performance Saturday in the SEC Championships at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.

Eggshibition breaks out of shell

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This year there will be no egg puns or “egg” -y themes. No “Evolution of the Egg” or “Eggstreme Makeover” for Youth Home. Not this year. Event chairman Roberta Clark says this year they wanted to do things a bit differently. “We are concentrating on the children.” Perhaps organizers couldn’t think of anything egg-citing or egg-straordinary ?

ART OF THE SALE: Return on investment

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Pulaski Technical College frequently points out that for every $1 spent on the school, $10 goes back into the local economy.

LIFELONG HEALTH: Evidence still elusive for fountain of youth

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One day we may slow aging so much that life expectancy could increase dramatically.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: Music man tuned in to her groove, finally

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The very first impression we make on a person, fleeting though it may be, sometimes carries us past a series of mistakes later.

Getting it straight

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The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate.


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After previous incarnations that featured food from various far-flung locales, organizers of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Alumni Association’s annual “Taste of” soiree decided there was no place like home. So this time it was Taste of Little Rock, held March 14 at the UALR Bailey Alumni & Friends Center.

Less than best good enough for Gators

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LSU and Alabama put together their best meets of the season while Florida didn’t Saturday night at the SEC Gymnastics Championships, but neither performance was enough to dethrone the defending SEC champion Gators.

DEAR ABBY: Friend shares the guilt for protecting pervert

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DEAR ABBY: My best friend of more than 12 years — the pastor of a large church — was sent to prison several months ago for soliciting sex from two minor children. While I despise what he did, I have enough intimate knowledge to know this was a onetime thing.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP AUTO CLUB 400: Struggling Stewart searching for a Fontana fix

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A few hours after putting his footprints and signature in drying concrete on Fontana’s walk of fame, Tony Stewart hopped on his jet with Kyle Larson and flew 400 miles north to Stockton, Calif., where Larson beat him in a dirt-track race.

Gibbs Racing still master of Fontana

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Another Nationwide Series race at Fontana, another victory for Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing.


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CONWAY — Barbara and Afton Simmons have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple were married March 12, 1963. She is the former Barbara Zellner and retired from the Faulkner County Cooperative Extension Service. He is retired from Fort Roots Veterans Administration in North Little Rock and from the National Guard Army Reserves in Conway. They are the parents of Brenda Simmons Carter of Little Rock and the late Brian Simmons of Conway. The couple have four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Peggy and Dan Mc-Queen of Little Rock have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple were married March 23, 1963. She is the former Margaret (Peggy) Nickell and a retired office manager at Parkway Village. He retired from Little Rock Wastewater as an engineering technician. They are the parents of Patti Hickam of Little Rock, Melanie Block of Nashville, Tenn., and Susan Raines of Springdale. The couple have four grandchildren. Sue and Bob Morgan of Little Rock celebrated their 50th wedding anni


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McMahon-Kuonen Wildwood Park for the Arts was the setting March 17 for the marriage of Oceanna Terez Kuonen and Kyle David Mc-Mahon. Sally Gorrell officiated.

Arkansas Outdoors

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Calendar NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Events also may be e-mailed to

Second thoughts

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On TruTV: It’s Marshall and the Rebs It seems somewhat appropriate that Marshall Henderson and the Mississippi Rebels will be appearing on TruTV today.

Off the wire

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FOOTBALL Texans sign Lechler The Houston Texans have signed punter Shane Lechler. Terms of the contract were not disclosed by the team Saturday. ESPN reported the deal was for three years and worth a maximum of $5.5 million, with a $1 million signing bonus.

State sports briefs

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BASEBALL SAU beats Arkansas Tech Brady Capshaw and David Harris had a combined seven RBI and Southern Arkansas (20-9, 13-3 Great American Conference) beat Arkansas Tech (23-9, 10-3 ) 9-5 on Saturday in Russellville. Harris went 3 for 5 with 4 RBI and scored 2 runs. Capshaw finished 2 for 5 with 3 RBI.

The mastery of beauty

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Master. We call someone who has achieved the highest degree of skill in their field a master. Chess master, golf master, meditation master, master gardener.


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Emily Elizabeth Courtney Adams, daughter of Terry and Stephen S. Adams of Fayetteville, and Gary Allen Wrotny, son of Gay and Robert Hensley of North Little Rock and Ann and the late James Allen Wrotny of Little Rock; April 27.

SISTERS’ CENTENNIAL: Delta Sigma Theta notes a century of scholarship

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A century of sisterhood was celebrated by the Little Rock Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. at its annual Founders Day luncheon March 17 in the ballroom at Embassy Suites. The event noted the 1913 founding of the sorority by 22 women at Howard University in Washington. Frankie Muse Freeman, 14th national president of the sorority, was an honored guest.

Rockwell travels to Bentonville

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“American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell,” on display at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art through May 27, is the largest touring body of the iconic artist’s original works. With 50 of Rockwell’s oil paintings and all 323 covers that he did for the Saturday Evening Post, the exhibition is a big, juicy slice of American pie.

Photographer to speak at JFK exhibit

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Photographer Willie Allen left the Arkansas Gazette in 1960 to join United Press International.

CRITICAL MASS: Songs from satellites, music in my dreams

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Bouncin’ off a satellite Crushing the last long American night — Bruce Springsteen, “Radio Nowhere” Sometimes at night I hear a radio playing when there is no radio around.

LET’S TALK: Facebook a hotbed of Scandal

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So here I am, swimming against the tide once again.

THE TV COLUMN: Futuristic, high-voltage Revolution returns

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On Monday, a couple of hits return to NBC for the spring season — not a minute too soon for the ratings-starved network.

Bridal policy

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ENGAGEMENTS — The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes engagement announcements without photographs. The announcement must be submitted at least eight weeks before the wedding and two weeks before you wish it to be in the paper. WEDDINGS — Wedding announcements, with or without photographs, must be submitted at least 10 days before the wedding. The announcement will be published the first Sunday after the wedding on a space-available basis.

SPIN CYCLE: Boston coughs up latest cast of reality ‘maniacs’

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In reality show geography, Boston could be the new Louisiana (Swamp People, Duck Dynasty, Bayou Billionaires ).

DOGS ON THE CATWALK: Fluffed-up canines strut so other mutts may live

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Man’s best friend was the star of the show March 14 at Paws on the Runway. Held at the Governor’s Mansion, the doggy fashion show featured dogs in sizes tiny to huge and raised money for Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Keillor at Walton Center; 17 acts for Magic summer

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Humorist, author and radio host Garrison Keillor will offer A Brand-New Retrospective at 7 p.m. Thursday at Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville.

Fashion world is taking note of plus-size women

posted: 03/24/2013 2:28 a.m. Discuss

On a recent shopping trip with my curvy pal J., we spent a fruitless hour and a half in a Nordstrom dressing room hunting for a size 16 cocktail outfit. One lacy tunic flattered her bosom but wouldn’t quite fasten in the back; a little black dress that looked OK on the hanger screamed Reform School Matron on her. We eventually gave up and left to get a glass of wine at the food court. But her frustration — and the cash she didn’t drop — stuck with me.

MALE CALL: To ‘V’ or not to ‘V’:That is the question for T-shirts

posted: 03/24/2013 2:27 a.m. Discuss

Q. At my office, I always wear a necktie. What I wear beneath my dress shirt doesn’t matter. But when I go out and on weekends, I don’t wear ties, and I am always unsure whether to wear a V-neck T-shirt under my open collar. Is this the right choice?

TELL ME ABOUT IT: 3’s a crowd at fishing trip

posted: 03/24/2013 2:26 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: Last year, my father, father-in-law and I went on a fishing trip for Father’s Day. It was the first year I was a father, and so I figured it’d be a good time to do something with the three of us.

Couple display Faberge eggs

posted: 03/24/2013 2:26 a.m. Discuss

HOUSTON — It began 10 years ago while on a quest for French chandeliers. Instead, Dorothy McFerrin bought what she believed to be an Easter egg created by the famed Russian artisan Peter Carl Faberge.

READ ALL ABOUT IT: Big kids get first chance to see children’s library

posted: 03/24/2013 2:26 a.m. Discuss

The new Children’s Library and Learning Center on March 15 was filled with beaming faces. Beaming adult faces. State and local officials as well as Central Arkansas Library System staff were there for a preview party before the library’s official opening the next day.

TV ON DVD: Season 1 of HBO’s Veep like West Wing and Office

posted: 03/24/2013 2:26 a.m. Discuss

What is it? Veep, Season 1, eight half-hour episodes on two discs from HBO Home Entertainment.

It’s spring, and still leather weather

posted: 03/24/2013 2:26 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK — It turns out spring is leather weather — at least this year.


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Happy birthday. Spring fever is at its height this week. Amorous intentions are already becoming known as the moon waxes toward the full Libra lunar glow on Wednesday. But the current Virgo moon is too buttoned up to allow for much romantic progress. Keep the tension alive. Not getting what you want too easily makes you want it all the more.

A rail with a view

posted: 03/24/2013 2:23 a.m. Discuss

The journey east on Amtrak’s California Zephyr train is as good as the destination. Riding the rails from the San Francisco Bay area to Reno, Nev., offers beautiful views and a tangible sense of history on the route over the Sierra Nevada mountain range that helped bring America together after the Civil War.

Report: Wal-Mart curtails efforts in India

posted: 03/24/2013 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville has slowed its expansion in India amid allegations of bribery as the retailer sought to expand its presence in one of the world’s mostpopulous nations, according to The Economic Times, an India-based daily financial newspaper. The company launched an internal investigation late last year that ultimately led it to cut ties with two dozen consulting firms working on its behalf, The Economic Times reported. The newspaper said its report was based on interviews with three people with direct knowledge of the situation who declined to be named.

Math museum adds up to lots of fun

posted: 03/24/2013 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Squealing schoolchildren ride a square wheeled tricycle and a “Coaster Roller” that glides over plastic acorns. Downstairs, they fit monkey magnets together at the “Tessellation Station.” This is how math is presented at New York’s brand-new National Museum of Mathematics, the only museum of its kind in the United States and a place where math is anything but boring.

Bard will get space indoors

posted: 03/24/2013 2:20 a.m. Discuss

Shakespeare’s Globe, the open-air London playhouse that helped win modern audiences over to all-weather outdoor theater going, is embracing the great indoors.

Surveys: Firms, workers at odds on job training

posted: 03/24/2013 2:19 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — As they struggle to get ahead, many low-wage workers are not taking advantage of job training or educational programs that could help them make the leap to better-paying jobs, a new survey shows.

’12 Hawaii tourist influx sets record

posted: 03/24/2013 2:19 a.m. Discuss

A recovering global economy, strong yen, stable oil prices, more flights and marketing campaigns helped take a record number of tourists to Hawaii last year, says the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Ethanol boosts gasoline prices

posted: 03/24/2013 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Even as the U.S. produces more oil than at any time since 1992, gasoline remains a dollar higher than the average for the past decade in part because of President George W. Bush-era rules that attach a 38-digit Renewable Identification Number to every gallon of ethanol.

New York Public Library a refuge

posted: 03/24/2013 2:18 a.m. Discuss

I sat in the New York Public Library and looked at the clouds above my head.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Watch all players, track your route for best fare deal

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Can you solve the ‘‘when to buy’’ conundrum?


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CONSTRUCTION Karen Smith is the new director of marketing for the Arkansas Chapter of the Associated General Contractors in Little Rock.


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Building permits for the Little Rock metro area, projects valued at $75,000 or more: COMMERCIAL Baldwin & Shell Construction Co., 9125 Interstate 30, Little Rock, $6,820,523.

COLUMN ONE: Too big to save

posted: 03/24/2013 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Occasionally there is an opinion piece in the papers so clear in its analysis of a problem, so convincing in its argumentation, and so authoritative in its judgment that, on finishing it, a reader is tempted to just stand up and applaud.

Loose cannon

posted: 03/24/2013 2:15 a.m. Comment 1

If North Korea were a normal country, even a normal dictatorship, there would be nothing at all worrisome about the threats and bombast billowing forth from its ludicrous leader, Kim Jong Un. But by design, it is not a normal country.


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U.S. Patents Issued to Arkansans March 19 Patent 8,397,414 B2. Buttstock Preadjustment Block. Issued to Ian Thomas Walters of Fayetteville. Patent 8,397,625 B2. Time Since Brew Indicator for Beverage Maker. Issued to Jorge B. Garcia of Rogers and Charles Brian Gross of Greeley, Col. Assigned to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville. Patent 8,398,143 B1. Multiconfigured Double Stroller Apparatus and Method of Using Same. Issued to Randal B. Haley of Bryant. Patent 8,398,349 B2. Locking System and Method of Using Same. Issued to Allen Forrest Jackson of Little Rock. Patent 8,398,763 B1. Mixture and Method for Increasing Traction. Issued to Douglas J. Bonnizzio of Little Rock. Assigned to Unstuck LLC of Little Rock. Patent 8,399,693 B2. Preparation of an Active Intermediate. Issued to Srikanth Yalamanchili of Bentonville and Trevor Newbold and Sandra Mae Newbold, both of Salt Springs, Canada. Assigned to Biobased Technologies LLC of Springdale. Patent D678,632 S. Little Pan. Issued to Christopher E. Chance of Bell

Chavez: A ruler obsessed

posted: 03/24/2013 2:14 a.m. Comments 3

Less than a day after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s communication minister appeared on television to announce that the socialist leader was in failing health, Chavez died. In 2010, Christopher Hitchens (who died Dec. 15, 2011) wrote about a 2008 visit to Venezuela with actor Sean Penn during which he had a rare occasion to wonder about Chave’s health — his mental health.

Often-used number understates women’s earnings progress

posted: 03/24/2013 2:12 a.m. Discuss

Next month, brace yourself for another round of grumbling about gender discrimination in the workplace. April 9 is Equal Pay Day, supposedly the magic point at which women finally make what men made in the previous year.

Philip Roth:The shadowy other voice in your head

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“Oh to be a center fielder, a center fielder and no more!”—the love song of Alexander Portnoy in Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth is 80 and done.


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I wake up and suck a bowl of charred asbestos through a dirty bong. That’s what it feels like most winter mornings when I open the door of the fourth-floor New Delhi apartment that I currently call home. Fog-drenched clumps of soot, ozone molecules and microscopic bundles of nitrogen oxides flow down my trachea and into my chest, where some become lodged. The airborne detritus puts me in danger of contracting bronchitis, asthma, a lung infection, even hypertension and dementia.

Ryan’s new budget won’t be much help to Republicans

posted: 03/24/2013 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Some of Paul Ryan’s biggest fans are disappointed in his latest budget.


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Fiction 1. FROST BURNED, by Patricia Briggs. Shape-shifter Mercy Thompson seeks assistance from an unlikely ally when her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam Hauptman, and the rest of his pack are abducted. 2. THE STRIKER, by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. In 1902, young detective Isaac Bell discovers that provocateurs, not the union members he was hired to investigate, are causing trouble in the coal mines.

EDITORIALS: Save the animals

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AS A LITTLE boy explained when asked what the chaplain does in Congress, “He looks around at the congressmen and then prays for the country.” State legislatures are in need of prayer, too. (Who isn’t ?) For every session of this state’s General Assembly opens a spirited competition to determine the absolute worst piece of legislation introduced.

THAT’S BUSINESS: It’s springtime on Main Street, with new growth out of the old

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Main Street was budding Wednesday, the first day of spring.

COLUMNISTS: A woman of firsts

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March is Women’s History Month, and for those who forgot to take time to remember our female ancestors, let me introduce you to Miss Dorothy Shaver. This amazing woman was the first female in American history to manage a large corporation.

Who killed Hugo Chavez?

posted: 03/24/2013 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Venezuela’s acting president isn’t pointing fingers, mind you, but facts are facts: In the 1940s, the imperialists to the north had “scientific laboratories testing how to cause cancer,” and 70 years later, Hugo Chavez died of, you guessed it, cancer.

OTHERS SAY: Resisting reform

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Reports from both houses of Congress have raised hopes that a deal is taking shape to overhaul the nation’s broken immigration system. Even more heartening is a blunt new report from the Republican National Committee, warning that if the GOP does not shift its stance to embrace comprehensive immigration reform—which includes eventual citizenship for those currently undocumented —“our party’s appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only.”

ARK Challenge sets faster pace

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FAYETTEVILLE — Participants in the ARK Challenge business accelerator for tech start-ups should be ready for a faster pace in the second year of the competition.

Symptom of deeper problems

posted: 03/24/2013 2:04 a.m. Discuss

The big headline in the Fayetteville paper the other day by Doug Thompson told a story that should shock all of us who remain concerned with how ailing veterans are still being cared for inside the Northwest Arkansas veterans home.

Nipping at his heels

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Be assured that the metaphor is offered by a confirmed dog lover.


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The mystery continues I recently wrote about a key. It remains around my neck, a constant reminder that I have a mission to perform.

COVER STORY: 2013 Doctor Who has TARDIS in his sight

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“Doctor Who.” “Who?” ”Doctor Who.” “Who’s on first?” “No. Who’s on Saturday.” If you’re out of the wildly popular Doctor Who loop, that might sound like an old Abbott and Costello routine (kids, ask your grandparents). If, however, you are among the millions of Doctor Who cognoscente, you’ll be delighted to learn the enduring series returns for the second half of Season 7 at 7 p.m. Saturday on BBC America.

Soaps last week

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(This column represents on-air summaries for the week of March 18-22.) The Bold and the Beautiful: Brooke and Bill’s business collaboration raised eyebrows.The relaunch of Brooke’s Bedroom intensified the rivalry between Thomas and Rick. Katie worried her marriage might be in trouble. Maya told Dayzee the identity of her mystery man. Caroline made a desperate bid to get back with Rick.

This week's events-Tri-Lakes

updated: 03/22/2013 1:02 p.m. Discuss

These are events scheduled in the Tri-Lakes area beginning March 25.

Lorraine Duce: ‘Grandma’ finds purpose in reaching out to those in need

updated: 03/22/2013 12:40 p.m. Discuss

Lorraine Duce of Amity is at heart a force — an apparently unstoppable juggernaut of compassion, care, love and humor who has been helping children and adults in need for almost 32 years.

Gars and arrows : Pursuit has storied history, uncertain fate-TL

updated: 03/22/2013 12:45 p.m. Discuss

Alligator gars grow to enormous sizes. They are the largest fish in The Natural State.

Picking up on cellphone obsession-TL

updated: 03/22/2013 11:11 a.m. Discuss

Hello, why are we obsessed with cellphones? It dawned on me, as I was watching TV and saw the umpteenth cellphone commercial, how crazy it is the way cellphones have taken over our lives. I come from a family of talkative women, and we have always loved talking on the phone.

Bridge park idea advances toward reality

updated: 03/22/2013 11:05 a.m. Discuss

“We’re off and running,” said Lynn Moore on Wednesday, announcing that the nonprofit organization he helped found to save the 124-year-old Iron Bridge over the Saline River now owns access to the bridge, a big step toward making the group’s plan for a park at the site become a reality.

FFA students compete in District Career Development Events

updated: 03/22/2013 10:39 a.m. Discuss

Conway saw a temporary surge in population on March 12 as approximately 1,000 high school students from across Arkansas arrived in the city to take part in the Arkansas FFA Association Central Arkansas District Career Development Events.

This week's events

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These are events for the Three Rivers area, beginning March 25.

Gars and arrows: Pursuit has storied history, uncertain fate

updated: 03/22/2013 10:36 a.m. Discuss

Alligator gars grow to enormous sizes. They are the largest fish in The Natural State. One of the biggest documented here was a 356-pounder caught in Horseshoe Lake in 1931. A 215-pound Arkansas River fish landed in 1964 set a state rod-and-reel record. A 240-pound White River gator gar caught in a hoop net in 2004 is the unrestricted tackle record. Some of these fish grow more than 8 feet long. Hunting gator gars is an activity with roots deep in history. Native Americans in the Southeastern U.S. ate these giants of freshwater and used their scales for arrow points. Each hard, enamel-covered scale is shaped like a small arrowhead, with a “cut-in” base that fits nicely into cane arrow shafts. The two anterior edges are keenly sharp, one bearing conspicuous saw-like serrations. The Indians must have found each gar a welcome treasure trove of ready-to-use arrow points.

Building for the future: $2.3 million expansion part of church’s long-term plan

updated: 03/22/2013 11:01 a.m. Discuss

After morning services on March 17, leaders of the Second Baptist Church of Arkadelphia placed golden shovels in the ground for the ceremonial beginning of a $2.3 million construction program.

Greenbrier finds success in first year of high school wrestling

updated: 03/22/2013 10:35 a.m. Discuss

A year ago, Greenbrier didn’t have a high school wrestling team. But now the Panthers have an individual state champion and a sixth-place team finish in the 1A-5A division of the Arkansas High School State Tournament.

Area students show works in Young Arkansas Artists exhibit

updated: 03/22/2013 10:33 a.m. Discuss

Several young artists from the Three Rivers Edition coverage area have their work on display in the Young Arkansas Artists 52nd Annual Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. The exhibition will be on view through May 5. The exhibition showcases artworks in all media created by students in kindergarten through the 12th grade in Arkansas. Teachers from 127 schools across the state submitted 508 artworks for consideration. Members of the Arkansas Arts Educators selected 102 artworks for the exhibition.

Katherine Ligon: Ukranian woman hopes to leave a legacy in the U.S.

updated: 03/22/2013 10:26 a.m. Discuss

Katherine Ligon of Heber Springs has always loved studying and has devoted her life to doing just that. While she was growing up, Katherine’s mother encouraged her to try different activities to find what appealed to her. Ligon’s mother gave her the opportunity to take ballet, art, gymnastics and piano lessons as a child, but Ligon said she always enjoyed studying. Ligon, a native of the Ukraine, graduated from Dnipropetrovsk National University in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, in July 2004 with a “red diploma.” She received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in labor economics. A red diploma signifies that a student in the Ukraine received all A’s in their classes.

Family business hits 60 years

updated: 03/22/2013 10:23 a.m. Discuss

When the owners of Whit Davis Lumber Plus meet, it’s not just business. It’s a family reunion. Headquartered in Jacksonville since 1953, Whit Davis Lumber has remained a family-owned business and will celebrate 60 years in operation in April. Including Whit Davis’ wife, Miriam, who is still living in the area at 98, the Davis family now includes five generations. First passed to John Davis and his siblings, the store is now owned by Whit’s grandchildren, Dan Davis, Paul Davis and Stacey Millar, along with company president Terry Toney.

B Inn experience brings together history, change

updated: 03/22/2013 11:09 a.m. Discuss

Joseph Sheridan, originally from California, has owned the B Inn in Hot Springs with his business partner, Armando Ortiz, since September 2009.

VFW honors students in essay contests

updated: 03/22/2013 10:20 a.m. Discuss

Jim Lee, commander of Jesse W. Grisham Post 2259 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, wants the public to know the local organization not only supports veterans but is also active in the community.

New director of Fairfield Bay Library an ‘avid’ reader

updated: 03/22/2013 10:19 a.m. Discuss

Alice Chambers has had many jobs in her lifetime, but perhaps none so apt as her new one. She became director of the Fairfield Bay Library on March 4. “I am an avid, avid, avid reader,” she said with a smile. “I had thought about retiring until I heard about this job. It seems it was meant to be.

A day in the life ...: Jacksonville PD offers academy for residents

updated: 03/22/2013 10:16 a.m. Discuss

For the sixth year in a row, Jacksonville residents will have the opportunity to find out what their police department actually does. The Jacksonville Citizens Police Academy is offered twice a year and provides courses to give residents a better understanding of what the department does to protect them every day. Sgt. Amanda Chapman with the Jacksonville Police Department is in charge of the Citizens Police Academy.

This week's events-RVO

updated: 03/22/2013 10:15 a.m. Discuss

These are events scheduled in the River Valley and Ozark area beginning March 24.

Picking up on cellphone obsession

updated: 03/22/2013 9:59 a.m. Discuss

It dawned on me, as I was watching TV and saw the umpteenth cellphone commercial, how crazy it is the way cellphones have taken over our lives.

Conway Lady Cats win state swimming title

updated: 03/22/2013 9:50 a.m. Discuss

For the first time in 25 years, Conway’s Lady Wampus Cats are the state high school swimming champions.

Making history: Hornets win on the mat, in court of opinion

updated: 03/22/2013 9:45 a.m. Discuss

Maumelle won the first team state championship in school history and had four individual state champions, 12 medalists among 14 weight classes and 10 athletes make all-state recently at the Arkansas High School State Wrestling Tournament.

Gars and arrows : Pursuit has storied history, uncertain fate

updated: 03/22/2013 10:32 a.m. Discuss

Alligator gars grow to enormous sizes. They are the largest fish in The Natural State. One of the biggest documented here was a 356-pounder caught in Horseshoe Lake in 1931. A 215-pound Arkansas River fish landed in 1964 set a state rod-and-reel record.

Area students show works in Young Arkansas Artists exhibition

updated: 03/22/2013 9:56 a.m. Discuss

Several young artists from the River Valley & Ozark Edition coverage area have their works on display in the Young Arkansas Artists 52nd Annual Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. The exhibition will be on view through May 5.

Alice Chambers: New director of Fairfield Bay Library is ‘avid’ reader-RVO

updated: 03/22/2013 10:28 a.m. Discuss

Alice Chambers has had many jobs in her lifetime, but perhaps none so apt as her new one. She became director of the Fairfield Bay Library on March 4.






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