posted: 05/17/2013 12:02 a.m.
Almost two months after an aging pipeline split open and spilled an estimated 210,000 gallons of crude oil into a Mayflower neighborhood, forcing scores of residents to evacuate their homes, injuring wildlife and contaminating a cove of Lake Conway, Exxon Mobil said Thursday that it still does not know what caused the spill.
posted: 05/17/2013 12:01 a.m.
The trial of Jack Gillean, a former University of Central Arkansas chief of staff charged in a test-cheating scandal, will be moved to Van Buren County from Faulkner County because of pretrial publicity about several former UCA officials who became “involved in the criminal justice system,” a judge has ruled.
posted: 05/16/2013 12:14 a.m.
Workers trying to clean up and restore an oil-contaminated neighborhood will remain in this small Faulkner County community for at least a few months, and efforts continued Wednesday to remove heavy crude from a marshy cove of Lake Conway.
posted: 05/15/2013 5:13 a.m.
CONWAY — Kelley Erstine, a former administrator and trustee at the University of Central Arkansas, has decided not to return to his alma mater as chief of staff after all.
posted: 05/09/2013 4:57 a.m.
Faulkner County Administrator Jeff Johnston was fired Tuesday, more than eight months after he was charged with felony theft of property, his attorney confirmed late Wednesday.
posted: 05/09/2013 4:54 a.m.
Attorneys for the University of Central Arkansas’ former chief of staff who is charged with felony commercial burglary in a cheating scandal have changed their minds about where they want his trial held.
posted: 05/09/2013 12:08 a.m.
Exxon Mobil Corp. has doubled the number of houses that it has offered to buy after a pipeline ruptured in a Mayflower subdivision, dumping an estimated 210,000 gallons of heavy crude oil into the neighborhood, drainage ditches and Lake Conway, but the company still won’t buy any other homes in the subdivision unless numerous conditions are met.
posted: 05/08/2013 5:05 a.m.
The felony trial of Faulkner County Administrator Jeff Johnston should not be moved away from Faulkner County because of pretrial publicity, the prosecution said in a court filing.
posted: 05/08/2013 12:17 a.m.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel called on Exxon Mobil Corp. on Tuesday to buy all the houses in the Mayflower subdivision where a crude-oil pipeline ruptured more than a month ago, as well as property near an oil-contaminated cove of Lake Conway.
posted: 05/07/2013 12:50 a.m.
CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas plans to start advising students on their bills that a portion of auxiliary revenue, such as housing and food-service funds, goes to athletics.
posted: 05/04/2013 4:49 a.m.
The University of Central Arkansas became the state’s first four year college Friday to opt out of a new state law that would otherwise have allowed faculty and staff members with concealed-handgun permits to carry the weapons on campus.
posted: 05/04/2013 4:46 a.m.
Almost every year in Arkansas, spring brings April showers, May flowers and college tuition increases.
posted: 05/03/2013 4:54 a.m.
A former University of Central Arkansas employee who resigned abruptly in February is under investigation by the 20th Judicial District’s prosecuting attorney’s office, the chief prosecutor said Thursday.
posted: 05/02/2013 12:58 a.m.
A second oil spill in about a month along Exxon Mobil’s 850-mile Pegasus pipeline has raised concerns about the condition of the aging line, even as workers continued Wednesday to remove some of the estimated 210,000 gallons of oil that rushed through a Mayflower neighborhood before flowing into ditches and a cove of Lake Conway.
posted: 05/01/2013 12:28 a.m.
CONWAY — Attorneys for the former University of Central Arkansas chief of staff charged with commercial burglary in a cheating scandal at UCA indicated in a court filing that he will testify on his own behalf when his case goes to trial.
posted: 04/30/2013 12:51 a.m.
MAYFLOWER — One month after an Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptured, spilling more than 200,000 gallons of oil into a Mayflower subdivision and a cove of Lake Conway, the numbers of wildlife displaced, injured or killed have significantly risen as the cleanup has increasingly focused on the backwater.
posted: 04/27/2013 4:57 a.m.
Faculty members at the University of Central Arkansas hope a recently approved resolution will provide for more open presidential searches than in the past.
posted: 04/25/2013 4:55 a.m.
Stephan Hawks, a former civil attorney for Faulkner County, has denied that he told a former sheriff’s candidate to send letters containing falsified birth certificates aimed at discrediting another candidate, Andy Shock, who was later elected sheriff.
posted: 04/25/2013 4:52 a.m.
The prosecution dropped felony charges Wednesday against the former superintendent of the Guy-Perkins School District because of what the dismissal order called “insufficient evidence.”
posted: 04/20/2013 4:50 a.m.
A former Faulkner County sheriff ’s deputy admitted Friday that he created a phony birth certificate last spring to make it appear that a rival candidate for sheriff had fathered an illegitimate, mixed-race child in Texas, then mailed copies of the fake document from Texas to a few voters.
posted: 04/20/2013 4:42 a.m.
Work to remove oil that spilled beneath a storm-drainage pipe in a Mayflower subdivision when an Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptured last month is expected to begin next week, the Faulkner County judge said Friday.
posted: 04/19/2013 12:45 a.m.
Exxon Mobil has replaced the damaged portion of a pipeline that ruptured on Good Friday, spilling tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into a neighborhood, even as the company awaits federal approval of plans to repair and restart the line that spans about 850 miles from Illinois to Texas.
posted: 04/18/2013 4:51 a.m.
An attorney for Jack Gillean, a former University of Central Arkansas chief of staff who is awaiting trial on felony charges, has subpoenaed an unlikely pretrial witness: the chief deputy prosecutor who is handling the case.
posted: 04/18/2013 12:59 a.m.
What caused an Exxon Mobil pipeline to rupture on Good Friday and spill tens of thousands of gallons of oil into a residential neighborhood in Mayflower remained unclear Wednesday, but a federal order issued days after the break highlights at least one concern.
posted: 04/13/2013 5:01 a.m.
Cleanup crews on guard for cottonmouths and other snakes made progress Friday in removing oil that had flowed into a marsh along Interstate 40, two weeks after an Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptured in a nearby Mayflower subdivision, spilling an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil.
posted: 04/12/2013 12:56 a.m.
Toddlers no longer play on a tiny slide outside their family’s home just a few yards from the site where an Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptured, spilling thousands of gallons of crude oil into the neighborhood.
posted: 04/11/2013 4:52 a.m.
All University of Central Arkansas cheerleaders must now sign an agreement not to haze because of a recent investigation into whether several cheerleaders were hazing a freshman cheerleader.
posted: 04/11/2013 12:22 a.m.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has asked Exxon Mobil Corp. to provide $4 million to finance a state investigation into the cause and effects of a March 29 pipeline rupture that spilled thousands of barrels of crude oil into a Mayflower subdivision, forcing the evacuation of its residents, he said Wednesday.
posted: 04/10/2013 midnight
None of the first four families who were told they could return to their homes in a Mayflower subdivision more than a week after an Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptured, spilling thousands of gallons of crude oil into their neighborhood, has chosen to return at this point, a health official said Tuesday.
posted: 04/09/2013 12:39 a.m.
Authorities on Monday began trying to notify four of 22 families forced to evacuate their homes in a Mayflower subdivision because of an Exxon Mobil oil spill more than a week ago that they can safely return home if they first give the OK for cleanup crews to ventilate the houses — a 24-hour process — followed by air-quality tests within them.
posted: 04/06/2013 4:46 a.m.
A defense motion asking that the felony trial of the University of Central Arkansas’ former chief of staff be moved out of Faulkner County contains “baseless and inflammatory allegations” and should be denied, the prosecution argued Friday.
posted: 04/05/2013 12:43 a.m.
It was Good Friday, and railroad engineer Greg Doster had just walked back into his house in this small town’s Northwoods subdivision after saying goodbye to his wife, Ashala, and two toddlers who were heading to his parents’ home when his life changed.
posted: 04/04/2013 12:12 a.m.
Almost a week after an oil pipeline ruptured in a Mayflower subdivision, spilling thousands of gallons of oil, workers pushed ahead on the cleanup, dozens of residents remained evacuated, a noxious odor lingered in parts of the community, lawyers for the state and Exxon Mobil got busy, and tempers flared.
posted: 04/03/2013 12:59 a.m.
MAYFLOWER — Scores of residents evacuated from their homes in a Mayflower subdivision where an Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptured Friday faced a grim prospect Tuesday of not returning home soon as a health official said air-quality levels in the neighborhood were fluctuating.
posted: 04/02/2013 12:13 a.m.
Standing between a canopy of tall pines and the Northwoods subdivision of this Faulkner County community along Lake Conway, folks might not suspect it is the scene of a major oil spill, except for the faint odor of oil and the presence of emergency workers.
posted: 03/30/2013 5 a.m.
A crude-oil pipeline ruptured near Lake Conway on Friday, prompting emergency workers to evacuate a residential neighborhood and rush to prevent the oil from entering the man-made lake that’s popular with central Arkansas fishermen.
posted: 03/30/2013 4:58 a.m.
University of Central Arkansas officials are investigating whether several cheerleaders were hazing a freshman cheerleader whom police found taped to a metal light pole during almost-freezing weather recently.
posted: 03/30/2013 4:53 a.m.
Circuit Judge Michael Maggio issued a gag order in the criminal case of Faulkner County Administrator Jeff Johnston on Thursday, one day after defense attorneys asked that Maggio step aside from hearing the case.
posted: 03/29/2013 5:18 a.m.
CONWAY — Circuit Judge Michael Maggio issued a gag order in the criminal case of Faulkner County Administrator Jeff Johnston on Thursday, one day after defense attorneys asked that Maggio step aside from hearing the case.
posted: 03/18/2013 12:18 a.m.
When Norbert Schedler joined the University of Central Arkansas as a philosophy professor in 1976, he had no idea of the adventure awaiting him.
updated: 03/13/2013 10:46 a.m.
A lawsuit that had accused officials of a Perry County ranch aimed at helping men with drug and alcohol addictions of breach of contract, defamation and other wrongdoing has been settled out of court.
posted: 03/05/2013 4:19 a.m.
Attorneys for former University of Central Arkansas Chief of Staff Jack Gillean want his criminal trial moved to Van Buren County because of “unfavorable and extensive” pretrial publicity.
posted: 03/03/2013 3:50 a.m.
When Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan visited the University of Central Arkansas last week, she referred to notes she had scribbled in a red and-black notebook.
posted: 03/02/2013 4:52 a.m.
The University of Central Arkansas’ board of trustees removed “interim” from the title of Provost Steven Runge during a hastily called meeting on Friday.
posted: 03/02/2013 4:40 a.m.
University of Central Arkansas President Tom Courtway would not rule out the possibility that he might be willing to remain in the job beyond his original, self-imposed three year limit.
posted: 02/28/2013 3:44 a.m.
Former Mayflower Police Chief Billy Paul Baker pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of tampering with a public record.
posted: 02/28/2013 12:33 a.m.
University of Central Arkansas President Tom Courtway on Wednesday ordered a comprehensive review of all scholarships offered at UCA.
posted: 02/27/2013 12:17 a.m.
A University of Central Arkansas administrator who awarded some of the scholarships cited in an internal audit has suggested that the problems are in part due to a push by past administrations to increase scholarships.
posted: 02/23/2013 4:48 a.m.
Former University of Central Arkansas President Allen Meadors established a no-criteria scholarship aimed at boosting enrollment before he resigned in 2011, an internal audit found.
posted: 02/23/2013 4:33 a.m.
Room and board rates at the University of Central Arkansas will increase this fall, the board of trustees decided Friday.