posted: 12/05/2013 5:03 a.m.
Exxon Mobil has no plans to abandon the segment of its aging Pegasus pipeline that runs through the Lake Maumelle watershed, and intends to do repairs on that section, according to a Central Arkansas Water spokesman and documents obtained Wednesday.
posted: 11/30/2013 3:54 a.m.
Eight months after the Pegasus pipeline cracked open and spilled an estimated 210,000 gallons of heavy crude oil into a Mayflower neighborhood, the legal fallout has escalated in Arkansas and Washington.
posted: 11/24/2013 4:42 a.m.
CONWAY — Now that the University of Central Arkansas’ finances are in good shape, leaders are focusing on the school’s future, from student enrollment and faculty salaries to expansion of the arts and improvement of academic buildings.
posted: 11/22/2013 4:47 a.m.
An Arkansas congressman said Thursday that he opposes restarting Exxon Mobil’s Pegasus crude-oil pipeline until the oil giant agrees to move the aging and damaged line away from Lake Maumelle, the drinking-water source for more than 400,000 central Arkansans.
posted: 11/21/2013 4:58 a.m.
One Wednesday afternoon in the months after Tom Courtway became the University of Central Arkansas’ interim president in late August 2008, the school’s finance chief stopped by Courtway’s office to break the news.
posted: 11/19/2013 4:49 a.m.
The Good Friday oil spill in Mayflower already has caused an estimated $70.5 million in damages for Exxon Mobil, dwarfing the fines that the federal government recently proposed the oil giant pay as a result of the pipeline rupture.
posted: 11/12/2013 4:16 a.m.
Damien Echols explained how writing helped him survive almost two decades on death row as he spoke Monday night during his first visit to Arkansas since he was released from prison in 2011.
posted: 11/10/2013 4:40 a.m.
Congress should increase the limits on fines that a federal regulatory agency is allowed to levy if elected leaders hope penalties will change the behavior of pipeline operators such as Exxon Mobil that make billions of dollars each year, a pipeline-safety advocate said.
posted: 11/07/2013 4:42 a.m.
A federal agency notified Exxon Mobil of nine “probable” violations of safety regulations Wednesday and proposed fines totaling more than $2.6 million as a result of the March rupture of the company’s aging Pegasus pipeline that spilled tens of thousands of gallons of oil into a Mayflower neighborhood.
posted: 11/05/2013 12:12 a.m.
Exxon Mobil has agreed to a second round of sediment sampling in Lake Conway more than seven months after the company’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured and spilled tens of thousands of gallons of heavy crude oil into a Mayflower neighborhood and the lake’s Dawson Cove.
posted: 11/04/2013 12:31 a.m.
CONWAY — Shortly after becoming prosecuting attorney in 2011, Cody Hiland decided he wanted to honor law-enforcement officers who work in the 20th Judicial District. From that humble goal, he and others started what has since turned into an annual event — the Law Enforcement Officer Awards, called the LEO Awards for short.
posted: 11/02/2013 3:53 a.m.
William M. Tsutsui, a dean and professor at Southern Methodist University, will become Hendrix College’s 11th president in June after being chosen from among scores of applicants, the private college announced Friday.
posted: 10/28/2013 12:39 a.m.
The National Transportation Safety Board has twice recommended that a federal agency require pipeline operators to disclose information on the products being shipped before an accident occurs so that emergency responders can be adequately prepared, but two of Arkansas’ state agencies said they do not recall getting such advance information.
posted: 10/23/2013 12:05 a.m.
Exxon Mobil will not restart its crude-oil pipeline that ruptured in a Mayflower subdivision March 29 and spilled tens of thousands of gallons of oil into the neighborhood before early next year at the soonest, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday.
posted: 10/20/2013 4:32 a.m.
CONWAY — Conway Corp., which operates the city-owned utilities, has paid a Conway law firm tens of thousands of dollars more in legal fees than the amount a couple proposed to settle a land-condemnation issue, and the case is far from resolved.
posted: 10/18/2013 12:59 a.m.
CONWAY — Four current or former students at the University of Central Arkansas have been granted immunity from prosecution in the criminal case against former UCA Chief of Staff Jack Gillean, who is charged in a test-cheating scandal, a review of court records shows.
posted: 10/14/2013 5:08 a.m.
CONWAY — Former death-row inmate Damien Echols and his wife, Lorri Davis, will give a public reading of his 2012 book Nov. 11 at the University of Central Arkansas.
posted: 10/10/2013 4:51 a.m.
Soil and sediment samples taken about four months after an Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptured and spilled thick crude oil into a Mayflower neighborhood showed that a Lake Conway cove was still contaminated enough with petroleum-related products to cause ecological but not human concerns, a state agency said Wednesday.
posted: 10/08/2013 12:59 a.m.
MAYFLOWER — Ashala Doster stood outside the place she once called home as she watched a huge backhoe sink its metal teeth into a nearby house, sending bricks and wood tumbling to the ground.
posted: 10/07/2013 12:24 a.m.
Exxon Mobil plans today and Tuesday to demolish two of three Mayflower homes that have crude oil beneath their foundations, more than six months after the company’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured and spilled more than 200,000 gallons of thick oil into a subdivision.
posted: 10/05/2013 6:08 a.m.
CONWAY — A judge denied a defense request Friday to seal future motions and responses in the commercial-burglary case of former University of Central Arkansas Chief of Staff Jack Gillean.
posted: 10/05/2013 5:58 a.m.
CONWAY — Carved from a dying red oak tree at the University of Central Arkansas, a war-memorial ring is among the offerings in this year’s Conway ArtsFest.
posted: 10/02/2013 4:42 a.m.
More than eight years after the University of Central Arkansas paid about $235,000 for a house that was meant to become a residence for visiting speakers and other “VIP” guests, the house is vacant and still has had no VIPs among its tenants.
posted: 10/02/2013 4:35 a.m.
The mystery of the wandering cattle has been solved.
posted: 10/01/2013 12:35 a.m.
MAYFLOWER — Exxon Mobil expects tests to find crude oil in the sediment and water of a marshy Lake Conway cove, a company official said Monday.
posted: 09/30/2013 12:52 a.m.
CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas is a big step closer to building a Greek village or, as UCA President Tom Courtway describes it, an on-campus “subdivision” for fraternity and sorority houses.
posted: 09/30/2013 12:14 a.m.
Six months ago, on the afternoon of Good Friday, Exxon Mobil’s Pegasus pipeline that workers buried 2 feet beneath the ground 65 years ago split open between two homes in a Mayflower subdivision.
posted: 09/28/2013 4:29 a.m.
CONWAY — A prosecuting attorney has denied allegations the defense made in a motion seeking to seal future court motions and responses in the burglary case of former University of Central Arkansas Chief of Staff Jack Gillean, but he did not take a position on whether those records should be kept secret.
posted: 09/26/2013 12:03 a.m.
A congressman expressed growing frustration Wednesday with the “ridiculous” secrecy that he believes Exxon Mobil is trying to exert over documents relating to the safety of the Pegasus pipeline.
posted: 09/25/2013 12:09 a.m.
One day after Central Arkansas Water threatened to sue Exxon Mobil over issues involving a crude-oil pipeline running through the Lake Maumelle watershed, the utility and the oil giant quietly reached a confidentiality agreement aimed at allowing the utility access to pipeline-related documents, a utility official said Tuesday.
posted: 09/24/2013 4:24 a.m.
CONWAY — Attorneys for former University of Central Arkansas Chief of Staff Jack Gillean, who is awaiting trial on charges of commercial burglary, have asked a judge to seal all future motions and responses in the case.
posted: 09/22/2013 4:21 a.m.
CONWAY — Faulkner County Library visitors now can check out a packet of heirloom seeds along with a how-to book to help them start a garden.
posted: 09/21/2013 3:43 a.m.
Worried about potential problems with the Pegasus pipeline that runs through the Lake Maumelle watershed, Central Arkansas Water has notified Exxon Mobil and the U.S. pipeline regulatory agency that the utility will sue them unless the agency works diligently to address what the utility said are six violations of a federal safety law.
posted: 09/21/2013 3:29 a.m.
A prosecutor ruled Friday that the Arkansas State Police’s fatal shooting of a White County man during an altercation near Judsonia last weekend was justified.
posted: 09/18/2013 12:37 a.m.
A White County man died early Tuesday after being shot during an exchange of gunfire with Arkansas State Police troopers during a standoff at his home near Judsonia, state police said.
posted: 09/17/2013 12:36 a.m.
Exxon Mobil did not use a hydrostatic test with a pressure high enough to target crack threats when the oil giant was preparing to restart the Pegasus pipeline in 2006, an U.S. congressman said Monday in asking the company to explain that decision.
posted: 09/14/2013 3:50 a.m.
Arkansas Tech University’s enrollment has surpassed 11,000 students for the first time, the Russellville-based school announced Friday.
posted: 09/13/2013 2:44 a.m.
A Magnolia couple will donate $6 million to build a residence hall at Central Baptist College, President Terry Kimbrow announced Thursday.
posted: 09/13/2013 12:01 a.m.
The chief auditor for the University of Arkansas System asked the system’s trustees Thursday to consider temporarily suspending the system’s 24-hour Fraud Hotline because of his concern public release of its tips could endanger privacy of whistle-blowers and those falsely accused.
posted: 09/12/2013 12:42 a.m.
A year after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a seventh-grader outside Manhattan in New York recalled the day that changed lives throughout the world.
posted: 09/11/2013 4:59 a.m.
A legislative audit concerning deficit spending at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville raises serious concerns, UA trustees and other leaders said Tuesday.
posted: 09/11/2013 12:55 a.m.
A federal judge Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that had accused Russellville police of conspiring to pin the 2005 killing of Arkansas Tech University student Nona Dirksmeyer on her boyfriend, Kevin Jones.
posted: 09/07/2013 4:35 a.m.
CONWAY — Enrollment increased at the University of Central Arkansas this semester — the first increase since the fall of 2008, when UCA was embroiled in what would become the first of a series of scandals and financial problems.
posted: 09/06/2013 5:11 a.m.
All parties in a lawsuit that accuses authorities of conspiring to pin the 2005 killing of Nona Dirksmeyer on her boyfriend, Kevin Jones, agree that a settlement appears unlikely as the trial approaches.
posted: 09/04/2013 12:02 a.m.
Prosecutors have responded to a defense motion to dismiss three commercial-burglary charges against former University of Central Arkansas Chief of Staff Jack Gillean by calling defense complaints “overly dramatic” and filing more charges against Gillean.
posted: 08/21/2013 4:45 a.m.
Two executives at the University of Central Arkansas — a vice president over enrollment and an attorney — have resigned, UCA President Tom Courtway said Tuesday.
posted: 08/18/2013 4:34 a.m.
Exxon Mobil formulated a detailed emergency plan for responding to a crudeoil pipeline rupture in the Lake Maumelle watershed only after a complaint from Central Arkansas Water, and then didn’t give a copy of the document to the utility until May, more than a year after completing it.
posted: 08/15/2013 midnight
Retirement of Exxon Mobil’s more than-60-year-old crude-oil pipeline that ruptured in a Mayflower subdivision is “within the realm of possibilities,” a company vice president said Wednesday, shortly before a congressman released documents revealing that thousands of defects were found and repaired on the pipeline in 2010.
posted: 08/13/2013 5:23 a.m.
CONWAY — Attorneys for former University of Central Arkansas Chief of Staff Jack Gillean have asked a court to dismiss three counts of commercial burglary filed against him in a test-cheating scandal at the school.
posted: 08/13/2013 12:53 a.m.
Exxon Mobil changed course again Monday, saying it will quit reimbursing temporary living expenses for 11 families who remain evacuated from an oil-contaminated Mayflower subdivision about 30 days after the company notifies them of the cutoff unless they provide extenuating circumstances on why those expenses should continue.