June 29-July 5
It was a good week for...
DR. JERRY GUESS. The state Department of Education hired Guess, 60, to run the Pulaski County School District for $215,000 a year. He leaves Camden Fairview, where he successfully managed a federal court desegregation order.
SHANE BROADWAY. Gov. Mike Beebe elevated the former state senator from interim director of the state Higher Education Department to director of the department.
MIREYA REITH. Gov. Beebe picked the Fayetteville consultant to the United Nations Development Programme for the state Board of Education. Reith has been involved in discussions about whether a Hispanic majority legislative district could be created in Northwest Arkansas.
ECONOMIC RECOVERY. The state revenue report for the fiscal year ending June 30 shows net income for the year up by almost $250 million, or 5.8 percent more than the previous year, and 2.1 percent above forecast.
ARKANSAS TAXPAYERS. The trucking industry lobby said it will support the repeal of a sales tax exemption on truck and trailer sales enacted in the state General Assembly, a measure passed on the condition that the lobby would support a diesel tax increase to pay for highway repair. Last month, the lobby said it was reluctant to support an election because early polling indicated an anti-tax mood.
It was a bad week for...
YARNELL'S ICE CREAM. The Searcy company closed abruptly last Thursday after nearly 80 years in business, leaving more than 200 employees out of work and some $3.5 million in public debt behind. Fans of Homestyle Vanilla will never be the same. State Republicans blamed the closure — and other job losses throughout the state — on state and national Democrats.
GOV. MIKE BEEBE. The governor attended a meeting of Stonewall Democrats and told the gay rights group he opposes gay marriage and civil unions. He argued that his position was "appropriate societal judgment." He also claimed he didn't know that law in Arkansas allows employment discrimination against gay people.