Hutchinson announces 10-year plan to curb state obesity

October 27, 2015 In hopes of combating the state’s obesity epidemic, along with other health issues, Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced a plan that aims to not only reduce obesity but also encourage healthier practices by Arkansans. Healthy Active Arkansas, unveiled Oct. 14, is a system of research-based strategies that outlines community efforts to reduce obesity. It has recommendations for efforts to be orchestrated on … Continue reading Hutchinson announces 10-year plan to curb state obesity

Lack of rain presents drought conditions in southern Arkansas

October 20, 2015 “When Will It Rain?” is a once-popular song by the band Jackyl that told the story of a person suffering in the summer heat. While the heat is leaving central Arkansas, it doesn’t seem like the rain is coming. “We basically have what is classified as drought conditions in the southern half of the state,” says Chris Buonanno, science and operation officer … Continue reading Lack of rain presents drought conditions in southern Arkansas

Writing romance

Novelist Cynthia D’Alba helps encourage love-filled genre in The Natural State October 20, 2015 Arkansas is for lovers? Maybe not, but there is something that kindles the creative flame of the state’s romance writers. Cynthia D’Alba, a pseudonym for Cynthia D. Morgan, is an author who has kindled that flame, stoked it and shared it with her readers. D’Alba is the author of the Texas … Continue reading Writing romance

UALR professor: Statistics on gun deaths don’t tell full story

October 13, 2015 On Oct. 1, Christopher Harper-Mercer reportedly killed nine people and himself at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. In 2013, there were 501 gun deaths in Arkansas, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. This translates to a rate of 16.8 people per 100,000. In the same year, 212 Arkansans died from homicide, and it is estimated that 148 people died … Continue reading UALR professor: Statistics on gun deaths don’t tell full story

Outlets of Little Rock celebrates opening October 13, 2015 Although devoid of shoppers and merchandise on an early October day, the Outlets of Little Rock was noisy and crowded. Construction workers and store crews worked around each other as the last touches were added to the buildings. While it might have been difficult to picture then, the Outlets will be ready for the public Friday. … Continue reading

After 9th year, Little Rock Film Festival calls it quits

October 6, 2015 Sometimes, life catches up to you. Sometimes, that means you have to put some things aside. That’s the story with the Little Rock Film Festival, which is calling it quits after nine years, the festival announced Sept. 30. The event had actually been growing every year, says Matt DeCample, communications director for the Little Rock Film Festival. Essentially, it had become a … Continue reading After 9th year, Little Rock Film Festival calls it quits

Huckabee’s announcement draws support, disfavor

May 12, 2015 On May 5, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee joined the crowded field of GOP candidates who have announced their intentions to run for office. Known often as “the other man from Hope,” Huckabee is vying for the presidency for the second time after his 2008 run for the office, which left him as the last man standing against U.S. Sen. John McCain, … Continue reading Huckabee’s announcement draws support, disfavor

Coalition grant to aid transgender health care study

May 12, 2015 Imagine living somewhere where you have to travel hours for proper medical care, in a place where it’s up to you to inform your health care provider on your specific health needs and possibly face discrimination for how you identify yourself. The Arkansas Trans Equality Coalition (ArTEC) is hoping to change that for transgender individuals in the state with the help of … Continue reading Coalition grant to aid transgender health care study

Paron Elementary closing leaves void in community

May 5, 2015 With the end of classes in June, the Paron community in Saline County will find itself without any schools. On April 20, the Bryant School Board voted to shut down Paron Elementary School, which is a part of Bryant Public Schools, as part of a $3 million in district budget cuts. “[The parents] are very sad of course,” Paron Elementary Principal Karen … Continue reading Paron Elementary closing leaves void in community