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UP AND COMING: It’s only natural these four would be in Outdoor Hall

posted: 08/02/2015 3:10 a.m. Discuss

Another Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame induction ceremony — the 24th! This year’s a peach of a class — the writer/television producer Steve Bowman, the bladesmith Jerry Fisk, Ducks Unlimited president George Dunklin, and the late wildlife officer Joel Campora, who was helping two women trapped in their Y City home during a flood when it collapsed. (Campora, Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter and the two women were killed.)

WORLD PREMIERE: Let’s put on a show!

posted: 08/02/2015 3:06 a.m. Gallery Discuss

For years the state’s Democratic Party chairman has been working on a big “get.” Oh, Hillary Clinton, the former first lady and now presidential candidate, for the party’s big Jefferson-Jackson Dinner fundraiser? No. Sure, that’s a big deal, too, but harder to get were the stage rights to Mrs. Miniver, the World War II-era novel- cum-winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay and Best Picture for 1942.

TEDx MARKHAM: Experts converge for TED speaker LR event

posted: 08/02/2015 3:02 a.m. Gallery Discuss

At the harvest-table arranged buffet dinner — picture fried chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, heirloom tomatoes and fresh cantaloupe, all from P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farms estate — and looking out over the dozens of speakers and their families who participated in his first organized TEDx event, Salil Joshi said he hasn’t yet gained the angle of repose on this thing.

Theater review: Miniver successful in transition to stage

posted: 07/23/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

It's hard these days to find a good script that hasn't been turned into a screenplay -- and vice versa -- and now scratch from the list 1942's Academy Award winner for Best Picture Mrs. Miniver.

Mark Hamilton Berry

posted: 07/19/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Outside the major general's office, at the end of a long carpeted hallway, is a simple two-star doormat. The two stars are for the office, the adjutant general. The doormat is for the soles of your shoes.

57th DELTA EXHIBITION: Twice the excitement

posted: 07/19/2015 2:13 a.m. Gallery Discuss

They say the Delta stretches from the Louisiana bayou up the banks of the Mississippi right to the blues in each of us and back out, and for the purposes of the Arkansas Arts Center's 57th annual exhibition, let's throw in the easternmost flatlands of Oklahoma around Tulsa. That's where two-time Grand Award winner Mark Lewis lives.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Loblolly Creamery dishes frozen treats for Thea event

posted: 07/19/2015 2:04 a.m. Gallery Discuss

What goes well with charity? Ice cream. The former just makes us feel good, and the latter ... also just makes us feel good. Staff at the Thea Foundation know this and for the second time hosted an Ice Cream Happy Hour at The Green Corner Store in the SoMa neighborhood of the Quapaw Quarter.

Steven Wayne Clark: Conversation starter

posted: 07/12/2015 3:19 a.m. Discuss

From the crest of his 1,400-acre cattle ranch, Steve Clark is having a conversation. With you, me, himself -- history. "I can remember watching the Apollo" launch, he says.

UP AND COMING: Arkansas-Ohio rivalry; know when to hold 'em

posted: 07/12/2015 2:59 a.m. Discuss

College football is almost upon us, and if there's one place we're going to discuss it in this newspaper I suppose it must be here in High Profile.

POPS ON THE RIVER: Fire in the sky

posted: 07/12/2015 2:46 a.m. Gallery Discuss

The night was relatively cool, the crowd calm and collected, and for the 32nd year the newspaper arranged for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to accompany the city's biggest pyrotechnical display on the occasion of the country's birthday.

ARTFUL CONVERSATIONS: Bash for gallery owner flies, even with guest's grounding

posted: 07/12/2015 2:36 a.m. Gallery Discuss

The conversation continued without Katherine Degn. The guest of honor was stuck on the tarmac at Chicago's O'Hare International on June 22.

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.

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