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Frank Fellone

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Drivetime Mahatma: Big Rock's dark lights spurn juice

updated: 11/21/2015 3:03 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: Driving through the Big Rock exchange the other night, it was very dark. None of the big, new light poles was lit. Please don't tell me the copper wires have already been stolen. To whom do we complain, city or state? -- Jerry

Drivetime Mahatma: Searcy job finish date is early '16

posted: 11/14/2015 3:24 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: Please check on the Arkansas 13 expansion, also known as the Searcy bypass. Work started at least 3½ years ago, yet is nowhere near completion. Stoplights were installed more than a year ago and the intersection is nowhere near complete. The whole project appears to be a fiasco. -- Frustrated in Searcy

Drivetime Mahatma: Deaths on state roads decreasing

posted: 11/07/2015 3:11 a.m. Comment 1

Dear Sultan of the Asphalt: I diligently read the traffic accidents in the newspaper. It seems there are more accidents caused by a vehicle crossing the centerline. Any way to confirm this? In the past, most fatalities were caused by vehicles leaving the road and encountering a homicidal tree. -- A Macabre Fan

Drivetime Mahatma: Temporary tags' limit is 60 days

posted: 10/31/2015 3:31 a.m. Discuss

Hey: Same vehicle at LaHarpe Boulevard and President Clinton Avenue at 6 a.m. this morning, now 10 months expired temporary tag! -- Exasperated

Drivetime Mahatma: Big Rock's skid marks mysterious

updated: 10/24/2015 3:07 a.m. Comment 1

Interest remains high in the Big Rock interchange, the project that turned the congested western end of Interstate 630 into something cool to drive. Three things about Big Rock.

Drivetime Mahatma: Rush-hour trolley run irks reader

posted: 10/17/2015 3:02 a.m. Discuss

O Great and Wise Person: Can you suggest to the powers that be to suspend the trolley during rush hour? Once again, I was stuck in traffic trying to get across the Main Street Bridge while the trolley, with no one on board, poked through the intersection at Markham and Scott streets, backing up traffic at a critical time. Seems a waste. Oh, wait, that could be considered a political statement. -- Sorry

People with a purpose

posted: 10/13/2015 2:28 a.m. Discuss

FOUKE -- There's not so much to Fouke. A couple of gas stations and convenience stores on U.S. 71. A post office. A bit of excitement from the high school marching band, practicing for the Friday night game against the Redbugs of Fordyce.

Fouke mulls reservoir, welcome center spot

posted: 10/13/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

FOUKE — Deryl Jones would like a new reservoir to be built in the Sulphur River Wildlife Management Area. He also believes there should be a welcome center in town on Interstate 49.

Drivetime Mahatma: Spots with stripes are for ramps

posted: 10/10/2015 3:09 a.m. Comment 1

Dear Mahatma: I am a quadriplegic. My wife drives our handicapped ramp van. The striped area next to handicapped parking spots are a must for us to lower the ramp. Motorcycles are often parked in these striped areas in our daughter's apartment complex in Fayetteville. Can I call the police or complain to management? I'm concerned about repercussions. -- Mr. Russ

Drivetime Mahatma: Dilemma: Take call or stay in lane

posted: 10/03/2015 3:31 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: I sense the centerlines between traffic lanes are becoming invisible in Little Rock. Why else would oncoming traffic drift into my lane? The problem seems especially acute on Hinson Road. I realize the city's plan to slow traffic on Hinson has been put on hold. Why not put rumble strips in the center? -- Scared of the Center

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Big Rock signs styled by the book

posted: 09/26/2015 3:19 a.m. Comment 1

Dear Mahatma: I have noticed that on the new signage at the Big Rock interchange some signs are in capital letters — such as DOWNTOWN — while others are in upper and lower case. Is there a rule that keeps the lettering from being consistent?

Explosive era: Tour visits site where Titan II blast in 1980 sent warhead flying

posted: 09/21/2015 5:44 a.m. Gallery Discuss

A crowd gathered in this flower-speckled cow pasture two Saturdays ago to learn what happened here Sept. 19, 1980, when rocket fuel exploded, blowing a 9-megaton Titan II missile warhead out of its silo.

State news for 1980 went beyond Titan

posted: 09/21/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

In Arkansas, 1980 was a prodigious news year. It would have been so if the Titan II disaster were the only event of great consequence. There were at least three others.

Lingo concerning missiles packed explosive meaning

posted: 09/21/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

In September 1980, Arkansans lived and worked near nuclear missiles and words like these were household terms:

Dominik Mjartan

posted: 09/20/2015 3 a.m. Discuss

Dominik Mjartan lives the American dream.



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