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Debra Hale-Shelton

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Clerk to quit, cites 'moral conviction'

posted: 06/30/2015 4:39 a.m. Comments 16

The Cleburne County clerk plans to resign rather than issue same-sex marriage licenses, the county judge said Monday.

Courthouse trip is order of day for state couples

updated: 06/27/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

The tears just kept coming, pooling under Erica Byars' glasses. Natalie Corson wiped them from her bride's cheek.

Inquiry started in filing of forms

posted: 06/25/2015 3:29 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas State Police has begun an investigation to determine whether one or more employees in the Faulkner County clerk's office tampered with public officials' past-due statements of financial interest to make it appear that they had been filed on time, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Judge denies motion to end sentence of ex-UCA president

posted: 06/25/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge Tuesday denied former University of Central Arkansas President Lu Hardin’s request to end his supervised release resulting from Hardin’s federal felony convictions in 2011.

Motion denied to end ex-UCA president's sentence

posted: 06/24/2015 3:27 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge Tuesday denied former University of Central Arkansas President Lu Hardin's request to end his supervised release resulting from Hardin's federal felony convictions in 2011.

Conway council opts against buying building for rec center

posted: 06/24/2015 3:24 a.m. Discuss

The City Council ended about 2½ months of discussion Tuesday night by voting unanimously against buying a vacant building on Conway's west side to convert into a community center with a swimming pool and tennis courts.

Misdated records draw call for probe

posted: 06/23/2015 5:31 a.m. Discuss

One or more employees in the Faulkner County clerk's office incorrectly dated some public officials' past-due statements of financial interest, public records obtained Monday show, and a prosecutor has asked the Arkansas State Police for a criminal investigation.

Conway to decide land deal

posted: 06/22/2015 4:37 a.m. Comment 1

The public hearings and the feasibility study are over. On Tuesday night, the Conway City Council must decide whether to buy a 220,000-square-foot building to turn it into an indoor recreational center.

Deposition planned in Maggio-bribe suit

posted: 06/19/2015 2:34 a.m. Discuss

An attorney for Martha Bull's family plans to question Hal Hunnicutt, a former lobbyist for the University of Central Arkansas, under oath about events that preceded ousted Circuit Judge Michael Maggio's decision to lower a negligence lawsuit's judgment by millions of dollars in 2013.

Stench gripes set up vote in Russellville

posted: 06/17/2015 3:17 a.m. Comment 1

A stench that has left folks in Russellville holding their noses off and on for decades and, as one resident put it, smells like a mixture of "rotten, dead animals" and sewage, has stirred demand in town for an odor-detecting olfactometer.

Utilities ask Justice Department to rethink oil-spill deal

posted: 05/30/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Central Arkansas Water and 10 other utilities or government entities urged the Justice Department on Thursday to withdraw or renegotiate a proposed settlement with Exxon Mobil over a 2013 oil spill in Mayflower.

Cities, county, utilities ask Justice to rethink proposed oil-spill deal

posted: 05/29/2015 3:35 a.m. Comment 1

Central Arkansas Water and 10 other utilities or government entities urged the Justice Department on Thursday to withdraw or renegotiate a proposed settlement with Exxon Mobil over a 2013 oil spill in Mayflower.

Tour shows tornado rebound

posted: 05/28/2015 3:09 a.m. Discuss

U.S. Sen. John Boozman couldn't help but remember the last time he visited tornado-ravaged sites in Faulkner County. It was in June, several weeks after he had undergone emergency heart surgery.

Morton partner misses filing deadline for health-panel seat

posted: 05/27/2015 3:14 a.m. Discuss

Businessman David Norsworthy, a partner in several nursing homes with Michael Morton, still had not filed a statement of financial interest as of Tuesday, days past the deadline given to him in a recent corrective-action letter.

Conway mayor gets flak on idea for pool

posted: 05/24/2015 3:22 a.m. Discuss

The City Council is set to decide June 23 whether to buy a former mobile-home manufacturing facility to convert into a community center -- a proposal that has evoked some concerns among leaders of two civic organizations.

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