posted: 12/04/2013 4:39 a.m.
The Benton Public Utility Commission has received a letter with an official offer for Benton to purchase a waterline that runs to the new Exit 114 development and is prepared to continue negotiations, the city’s attorney said Tuesday.
posted: 12/04/2013 4:32 a.m.
The Benton City Council is set to approve its 2014 budget at a meeting Monday after the proposed version passed through the city’s Finance Committee without questions Tuesday night.
posted: 12/03/2013 4:21 a.m.
LR police break up fight at bus center Little Rock police reported walking in on a fistfight between two homeless people in a River Cities Travel Center bathroom Monday.
posted: 12/02/2013 4:15 a.m.
As five kerosene candles atop a large menorah burned high over a street corner in west Little Rock on Sunday night during the fifth day of Hanukkah, a couple dozen people looked on and sang a Hebrew hymn to openly show their thanks in being able to freely share their Jewish heritage.
posted: 12/02/2013 4:14 a.m.
A makeshift cemetery of sorts covered the Clinton Presidential Center Park lawn Sunday in the form of dozens of quilt panels depicting mementos of loved ones lost to AIDS.
posted: 11/30/2013 3:51 a.m.
Supporters of Lamar Porter Field in Little Rock’s Stifft Station neighborhood believe that the historic complex is one of a kind — and worth saving.
posted: 11/23/2013 3:44 a.m.
BRYANT — Several issues at the Bryant City Council meeting Thursday night were postponed to allow more time for aldermen to review them, including finance reports and a new travel policy.
posted: 11/22/2013 4:38 a.m.
Two Benton Public Utility Commission members issued a three-page news release Wednesday in response to an alderman’s allegations that they and the head of Benton Utilities misrepresented the least-expensive offer to provide water to a new development.
posted: 11/22/2013 4:37 a.m.
Donna Schaffer’s excitement to see her husband, Richard, return home after a three-month deployment on the USS Scorpion, a nuclear attack submarine, quickly turned to devastation on a stormy Monday in 1968.
posted: 11/22/2013 4:35 a.m.
The sister of a man who died in the Saline County jail in 2011 after a struggle with several deputies and a drug overdose filed a lawsuit against the jail, former Sheriff Bruce Pennington and several jailers Thursday, claiming wrongful death and excessive force.
posted: 11/21/2013 4:50 a.m.
The almost $3 million increase in Little Rock Wastewater Utility’s proposed operations budget for 2014 nearly matches the amount of revenue to be generated by the 7 percent rate increase for its customers set to begin Jan. 1.
posted: 11/20/2013 5:09 a.m.
The Saline County Quorum Court put off talk of the county’s 2014 budget until requests for new insurance quotes are received after the county’s current insurance company announced the monthly cost per employee would rise almost 38 percent next year.
posted: 11/19/2013 4:23 a.m.
The head of Benton Utilities didn’t publicly respond to an alderman’s statement Monday night that the department head gave a “complete misrepresentation” of an agreement that would provide water to the future development known as Exit 114 properties at a lower cost than any alternative.
posted: 11/15/2013 4:45 a.m.
The Little Rock Wastewater Utility will ask the city Board of Directors to approve in the fourth quarter of 2014 additional rate increases over a five-year span, the utility’s chief executive officer said Thursday.
posted: 11/15/2013 4:33 a.m.
Maumelle resident Tanya Holloway is vying to win a $500,000 makeover of a local dog park through Beneful’s national Dream Dog Park contest.
posted: 11/14/2013 5:25 a.m.
Bauxite Treasurer Sheryl Johnson has resigned from her position, citing harassment by a former alderman.
posted: 11/13/2013 4:44 a.m.
Benton voters approved two new public safety and park taxes and the extension of a city sales tax during Tuesday’s special election. Another special election in Bryant ended with the majority of voters approving a bond repurposing to build two new fire substations.
posted: 11/13/2013 4:36 a.m.
The Benton Police Department has ordered a 2014 Dodge Charger to replace the patrol vehicle that was totaled a few months ago, Chief Kirk Lane said Tuesday.
posted: 11/13/2013 4:32 a.m.
The Alexander City Council will meet Friday to begin planning the city’s 2014 proposed budget.
posted: 11/12/2013 4:12 a.m.
Suspect wounded self, officers say Little Rock police apprehended two robbery suspects early Monday afternoon, including one who had shot himself in the leg.
posted: 11/11/2013 4:54 a.m.
Every first Monday of the month, a group of gray- and white-haired men can be found seated in the banquet room at Corky’s BBQ, swapping war stories and other military tales while catching up on each others’ lives.
posted: 11/11/2013 4:51 a.m.
Little Claire Alston and her family are more familiar with the Arkansas Children’s Hospital than most. Freckle-faced Claire, 6, was treated for a dislocated elbow there when she was 2, and her 4-year-old brother has undergone two open-heart surgeries there in recent years, with more operations scheduled.
posted: 11/07/2013 4:23 a.m.
Central Arkansas will celebrate Veterans Day with a variety of events throughout the weekend.
posted: 11/06/2013 12:36 a.m.
A woman is suing Haskell and one of its former police officers in federal court, contending that the officer threatened to shoot her with a Taser because she refused to show him her breasts, court records state.
posted: 11/05/2013 4:24 a.m.
BENTON — Unanswered questions prevented Benton’s Public Utilities Commission from acting on an offer from another utility company Monday night that would allow the city to buy a water line running to a soon-to-be-developed area known as the Exit 114 properties.
posted: 11/03/2013 3:43 a.m.
A bloodstained, battered soldier’s helmet hangs on a wall outside Spc. Logan Brown’s bedroom in his home in El Dorado. He walks past it every morning, sometimes remembering the night in Iraq when the Kevlar helmet caught a bullet aimed for his head.
posted: 11/01/2013 2:39 a.m.
Saline County will activate its long-dormant Parks Commission when funding is secured to build the county’s first park, Saline County Judge Lanny Fite said Wednesday.
posted: 11/01/2013 12:09 a.m.
The head of Benton Utilities misreported how much money a water authority requested so the city could use the authority’s waterline to provide water to a future Benton development site. City officials said Thursday they want to know how the error occurred.
posted: 10/31/2013 4:46 a.m.
A state regulatory agency cited the Arkansas State Veterans Home in Fayetteville with its third violation this year in a report released Wednesday that details improper wound care.
posted: 10/29/2013 5:27 a.m.
DWI is charge after 4-car crash A 64-year-old man is facing a driving while intoxicated charge among other traffic offenses after authorities said he caused a four-vehicle collision on Interstate 30 Monday.
posted: 10/24/2013 12:08 a.m.
The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board voted Wednesday in favor of a downtown site for the city’s research and technology park, pushing two other finalists off the table and focusing efforts on evaluating that location.
posted: 10/23/2013 4:55 a.m.
Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau employees now will operate under the city’s new pension plan after a unanimous vote by the city’s Advertising and Planning Commission on Tuesday.
posted: 10/23/2013 12:03 a.m.
The city of Bryant reimbursed its police chief and a school resource officer for steakhouse meals purchased at an upscale Orlando, Fla., strip club this summer, according to receipts obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
posted: 10/21/2013 5:04 a.m.
NLR man arrested on weapon charges Police arrested a North Little Rock man Saturday who was wanted on a warrant and was in possession of multiple weapons, according to a police report.
posted: 10/21/2013 12:17 a.m.
Ten days of carnival rides, a tiger show, funnel cakes and foot-long corn dogs ended Sunday with the closing day of the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show in Little Rock and a promising last-day crowd that the fair manager hopes will top last year’s attendance numbers.
posted: 10/17/2013 4:47 a.m.
Two waste haulers that serve about 60 percent of the trash pickup customers in Saline County plan to offer curbside recycling next year for a fee, they announced Wednesday.
posted: 10/16/2013 4:47 a.m.
Thomas Patterson, a Harvard professor who has written a number of books about the news media and public opinion, used statistics during a lecture Tuesday night in Little Rock to prove his statement that both the press and the public are to blame for misinformation among Americans.
posted: 10/16/2013 12:52 a.m.
Timber harvesters are still using national wildlife refuge lands in Arkansas during the federal government shutdown per prearranged contracts even though hunters and other visitors are denied access to the forests, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman confirmed Tuesday.
posted: 10/15/2013 4:59 a.m.
BRYANT — City Council members are recommending a closer look at Bryant’s travel policy after an alderman accused four city administrators of violating the policy when they flew first class to a training conference.
posted: 10/13/2013 5:13 a.m.
Over the past two years, state taxpayers have footed the bill for a number of local-level projects — like soccer uniforms, horse feed, a $3,000 paper shredder and a flat-screen TV — partly at the urging of Arkansas lawmakers.
posted: 10/13/2013 4:26 a.m.
In the past two fiscal years, soccer players in Altheimer and Chester got $2,000 for new uniforms, the Conway Fire Department got $5,000 for bagpipes and a high school Lego robotics club got $1,800.
posted: 10/11/2013 2:45 a.m.
Members of a legislative committee cautioned Alexander Mayor Michelle Hobbs and other city officials Thursday to get the city’s finances in order before its next state audit.
posted: 10/10/2013 4:47 a.m.
A Capital Hotel valet has filed a lawsuit against a Canadian businessman, claiming the man injured the hotel worker and committed lewd acts during a “drunken escapade” at the hotel three years ago.
posted: 10/09/2013 4:52 a.m.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporter Cathy Frye was able to walk on her own for the first time Tuesday since being stranded in the Texas desert for days without food or water and being rescued Sunday, just hours from death.
posted: 10/09/2013 4:32 a.m.
‘Pot’ package leads to run-in with SWAT A Little Rock man who received a package of marijuana was arrested Tuesday, according to a police report.
posted: 10/09/2013 12:07 a.m.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs furloughed more than 7,000 employees nationwide Tuesday because of the continuing government shutdown, a move that a federal employee group says will add to an already big backlog of unprocessed claims from veterans.
posted: 10/08/2013 4:20 a.m.
An Oklahoma bank is suing Alexander and two Illinois leasing agents, claiming that the bank was defrauded into thinking it would acquire a mortgage and lease-purchase agreement for improvements to an Alexander fire station that it says were never started.
posted: 10/08/2013 12:55 a.m.
EL PASO, Texas — When family members called Monday to ask Rick McFarland if he needed people to sit with his wife, Cathy Frye, as she recovers at the University Medical Center in this west Texas city, he shook his head and answered quickly.
posted: 10/07/2013 5:14 a.m.
All Little Rock Air Force Base employees and most of the Arkansas National Guard personnel who were furloughed as a result of the federal government shutdown will return to work today, military spokesmen said.
posted: 10/07/2013 12:05 a.m.
EL PASO, Texas — A search and rescue team found Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporter Cathy Frye alive but dehydrated Sunday afternoon in Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas where she had been stranded since Tuesday.