by Max Brantley
From the Arkansas Economic Development Commission:
Peco Foods today announced it will expand a feed mill in Newark and a processing plant in Batesville purchased in 2011. The expansions will add 300 combined jobs to the plants, bringing total employment in Independence County to 866. In addition, the company plans to invest a total of $13.8 million in the two facilities.
* THE FACE OF REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP, CHARLIE FUQUA: Republican Charlie "Death penalty for rebellious children" Fuqua, the House candidate from Batesville, is on my mind and fits here geographically because he's gotten a long opportunity to defend himself and his amazing book, "God's Law: The Only Political Solution," on local Radio KZLE. Go to the tape under "The Official Word" at this link.
He's been taken out of context, Crazy Charlie says when his own words are read to him. Plus, he didn't write the Bible where that passage about stoning children appears, God did. Oh, OK. He does defend sterilization for people who don't pay child support. He also defends writing that Social Security is "the worst program ever devised in the United States." He also defends his writing that it would be "kind and caring" to build two fences along the Mexican border, with a space in between, and shoot anyone found between the two fences. THAT, he says, will stop meth traffic. "Nobody's going to die because nobody will enter that area," he said.
Remember: The Republican Party of Arkansas fully supports the election of Charlie Fuqua to the Arkansas House of Representatives. No party leader has said otherwise (a single Republican legislator did endorse Democratic challenger James McLean). They want his vote and know they can count on it because the Republican Party and Charlie Fuqua are far more alike than they are different.