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Linda Haymes

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PAPER TRAILS: Signing off with a fond look back

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

It's bittersweet, typing my final Paper Trails, a column I've written for nearly 14 years. There is sadness but also much gratitude. I'm thankful this paper's former executive editor, Griffin Smith, saw something in this former reporter and gave me this opportunity.

Paper Trails: Sun setting; Time to say happy trails

posted: 06/18/2017 3:13 a.m. Comments 3

Back in January 2004, I kicked off writing this column with these words:

PAPER TRAILS: Couple joins Ballet Arkansas; Arkansan to appear on another 'Bachelor' show

updated: 06/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

ENTER STAGE RIGHT: Michael Fothergill and Catherine Garratt Fothergill, formerly of the Alabama Ballet, will be joining Ballet Arkansas as the new artistic director and associate artistic director. The team -- and married couple -- takes on the new artistic leadership positions next month after the departures of Michael Bearden, who is leaving to serve as director of the School of Dance at the University of Oklahoma, and Laura Hood, who has accepted a position as the director of marketing, sales and communications for the Miami City Ballet.

PAPER TRAILS: Arkansan finalist for purse prize; rapper has explanation for his condition at Little Rock show

updated: 06/05/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

IT'S IN THE BAG: Sheridan native Christopher Belt is a finalist in the 11th annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards set for June 14 in New York.

PAPER TRAILS: Broadcast honors set for Pitcock

posted: 05/28/2017 3:45 a.m. Discuss

HIS GOLDEN MOMENT: Jim Pitcock, first a reporter and then a longtime news director with Little Rock's KATV, Channel 7, who has since retired, will soon be honored by the board of governors of the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Paper Trails: Dolly Parton joins Arkansas country singer in music video

updated: 05/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

ON A LOCAL NOTE: Country Music Hall of Famer Dolly Parton is helping a fellow musician, this one a classic country singer from Arkansas. Parton recently joined Debbie Cochran on her music video of the title track of Cochran's new album. Another Arkansan -- Ashdown native Kent Wells, a Grammy-nominated music producer who serves as Parton's band leader -- produced Cochran's record at Nashville-based Kent Wells Productions.

PAPER TRAILS: New work alters face of Cammack Village

updated: 05/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

VILLAGE NEWS: Cammack Village, a city within the city of Little Rock north of Cantrell Road and west of University Avenue, is evolving.

Paper Trails: On puzzle clues, no tweaking

posted: 05/07/2017 2:35 a.m. Discuss

MORE PIECES TO THIS PUZZLE: Here's a little more on that New York Times crossword puzzle crafted by a partnership of former President Bill Clinton and Little Rock Traffic Judge Vic Fleming.

PAPER TRAILS: Puzzle day to include author talk

posted: 04/30/2017 2:59 a.m. Discuss

MANY A CROSSWORD SPOKEN: The Central Arkansas Library System's Literary Festival continues today with Arkansas Puzzle Day at the Clinton School of Public Service. Deb Amlen, columnist and editor of "Wordplay," The New York Times' crossword column, will be the featured speaker at 1 p.m. Amlen earlier wrote It's Not PMS, It's You! A Totally Non-hormonal Analysis of Male Behavior. After Amlen's talk, a 30- to 40-minute puzzle-related trivia contest for teams of three or four players will be held. Afterward, the tournament begins and is expected to conclude by 4 p.m.

PAPER TRAILS: Bugs at the Clinton Center; Arkansan eliminated on 'The Voice'

updated: 04/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

PEST REMOVAL: Those now visiting the William J. Clinton Presidential Center have missed a chance to get a photo like this one, with an extra-large pest lurking on the library's lawn. So what was bugging the building? An oversized sculpture of a giant roach placed under the name on Clinton's library. The roach has since been moved to the other side of the building. The insect display is part of a new exhibit, "Xtreme Bugs," featuring animatronic insects, that opened this weekend and runs through July 23.

PAPER TRAILS: Arkansas native who played with Johnny Cash remembered; Little Rock woman in new movie

updated: 04/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

PERMANENT SUBSTITUTE: After the death last Sunday of Northwest Arkansas native Bob Wooten, longtime guitar player for a fellow Arkansan, the late Johnny Cash, Bobby Crafford shares the story of how Wooten came to join Cash's band in the late 1960s. Crafford is the longtime drummer for Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers.

PAPER TRAILS: Big stars dine out in Little Rock; singer-songwriter from Arkansas gets $2.1M judgment

updated: 04/10/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

STAR-STUDDED DINNER: Retired baseball standout Alex Rodriguez and actress Jennifer Lopez set tongues wagging across central Arkansas after the circulation of a photo of the couple dining at Arthur's Prime Steakhouse in Little Rock last Monday night. The photo featured the couple posing with the restaurant's owner, Jerry Barakat. The couple's appearance there was covered on ET Online in an article titled, "Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Appear Happier Than Ever During Romantic Dinner Date in Arkansas."

PAPER TRAILS: Long-lost brother sought; former KARK anchor to be guest co-host on 'The Talk'

updated: 04/03/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

BROTHER (AND SISTERLY) LOVE: Anthony Hicks, 61, of Memphis and his sister, Jo Ann Terry, 58, of Warren, are searching for their long-lost brother.

PAPER TRAILS: Josh Duggar served legal papers in Ashley Madison-related lawsuit

updated: 03/27/2017 9:22 a.m. Comments 6

OF SUBPOENAS AND STORKS: Josh Duggar, 29, a used-car salesman, recently was served at his work in Siloam Springs with legal papers in an Ashley Madison-related lawsuit filed by Matt McCarthy, In Touch magazine reports. McCarthy, a Los Angeles-based disc jockey and photographer, claims Duggar stole McCarthy's image and presented it as his own on the cheating website, where members seek extramarital affairs. In August 2015, it was revealed that Duggar was a member of the website.

Paper Trails: Franke's loses one of its own

posted: 03/19/2017 3:08 a.m. Comments 3

A FLAVORFUL LIFE: For those who may have missed the news, Bill Franke, 67, a third-generation owner of one of Arkansas' oldest restaurants, Franke's Cafeteria, passed away last Sunday.






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