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Bobby Ampezzan

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ALL HEART: Government relations chief feted at farewell celebration

posted: 07/05/2015 2:12 a.m. Gallery Discuss

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.

All Arkansas Preps: Athletes' fete

posted: 06/28/2015 3:36 a.m. Gallery Discuss

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.

Business of Golf: UALR College of Business scores $111,000 for program

posted: 06/28/2015 2:55 a.m. Gallery Discuss

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.

117TH ARKANSAS BAR ASSOCIATION MEETING: All legal and lawful

posted: 06/21/2015 2:26 a.m. Gallery Discuss

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.

40 NURSES: Pulses race as initial round of caregiver awards rolls out

posted: 06/21/2015 2:17 a.m. Gallery Discuss

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).

UP AND COMING: Traveling Into the Blue to Race Across America

posted: 06/21/2015 2:16 a.m. Discuss

I've been working up this new joke to fill some space. Check it out.

BOW TIE TURNS 5: Raising expectations

posted: 06/14/2015 2:16 a.m. Gallery Discuss

The Bow Tie Bash turned 5 on June 3 inside the Clinton Presidential Center, and so it felt safe finally for honoree Skip Rutherford to admit something.

JUNGMEYER SCHOLARS: Pediatric cancer survivors presented with scholarships

posted: 06/14/2015 2:10 a.m. Gallery Discuss

The state's first lady Susan Hutchinson welcomed the gathering of the 18th Dennis Jungmeyer Scholarship winners and their families to the Governor's Mansion, the "people's house."

Personal Space

posted: 06/13/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Christopher East, River Market Tower, downtown Little Rock.

Eddie Haywood Walker Jr.: Civility and ethics

posted: 06/07/2015 4:48 a.m. Discuss

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.

JAZZ & JULEPS: New scholarship will benefit audiology, speech pathology

posted: 06/07/2015 4:25 a.m. Gallery Discuss

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month -- but you knew that -- and so the sixth incarnation of the Jazz & Juleps fundraiser for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's joint department of audiology and speech pathology went off May 28 inside the Grand Hall of the Governor's Mansion.

UP AND COMING: It takes a village of votes to land State Farm prize

posted: 05/31/2015 2:30 a.m. Discuss

The pleas began rolling in May 14. "Have you heard the BIG news?" went one. Two days later, "I'm not going to bug [you] everyday, but ...."

Membership included

posted: 05/31/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

On May 11, the North Little Rock Junior League celebrated its latest provisional class of members Stacy McKisick, Stacy Joshua-Smith, Brandy Rodgers and Ruby Ben at its annual meeting inside the NLR Chamber of Commerce building.

Festival, Chacko born same year

posted: 05/10/2015 3:04 a.m. Discuss

"Food festivals for $800, Alex," is perhaps how the contestant chose his clue when Jeopardy! aired Feb. 3, 2010.

UP AND COMING: Thea Foundation event to take over Bill's place

posted: 05/10/2015 3:03 a.m. Discuss

May, the month of botanical bounty! Here, from my peregrine perch downtown, I spy a span of social events as diverse and unexpected as a tour of P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farms on a homemade hallucinogen.

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