The governor, a former lieutenant governor and a couple of current state legislators were just some of the high-profile Capitol well-wishers to make it out to the Arkansas State University System conference room to say farewell to Barbara Kumpe, the longtime government relations director for the Arkansas American Heart Association.
There's prom, there's commencement, and for gifted and feted athletes in the state, there's this other late-spring thing requiring finery and separate forks for salad, entree and dessert: the All Arkansas Preps awards banquet. In just its third year, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's ceremony inside the Wally Allen Ballroom has the feel of a statewide "graduation" for A-list high school athletes.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business is a careful considerer of balance sheets, supply and demand, costs and benefits, and so far, the folks in charge see only an upside to their once-fledgling golf outing fundraiser.
On a day when gay marriage was the lead 1A story in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, one could see Judge Wendell Griffen's face through the Plexiglas of a newsstand outside the Hot Springs Convention Center and then again inside at the state's 117th annual bar association meeting in Hot Springs.
Forty nurses -- and many more in the profession -- squeezed into the Lee and Bob Cress Board Room inside the main administrative building at Arkansas Children's Hospital on June 5. Squeezed? Oh, the room's huge, but any crowd must share real estate with one of the city's roundest conference tables (we hear it seats 35).
Amid Victorian-era houses sporting touches of Spanish Revival and mansard roofs, beside a slate sidewalk and across the street from a new playhouse -- and across another from a motor lodge cum apartments -- is Eddie Walker Jr.'s office.