Jan. 21-27, 2009
It was a GOOD week for …
The SINGLE LIFE. New national statistics show a sharp drop in marriages in Arkansas, but the divorce rate continues at about the same rate. That means there are more single people. Or maybe, just maybe, more people doing some of that cohabitating stuff.
PULASKI SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT JAMES SHARPE. In trouble with the School Board over recent school closures on account of unsafe roofs, Sharpe survived. The Board voted not to fire him or buy out his contract, but to employ him through 2011.
REMEDIAL MATH. A new financial officer found that miscoding of Little Rock School District expenses, dating back many years, explained a state finding that administrative expenses in Little Rock, as a percentage, were double those in other large school districts. They apparently are about the same.
TODD TURNER. The Arkadelphia lawyer was named new chair of the Arkansas Democratic Party. If he can recruit candidates and raise money as doggedly as he's sued usurious payday lenders, the party should do well.
It was a BAD week for …
KATV. Channel 7 laid off as many as 20 employees, including reporter Steve Powell and program director Richard Farrester, a veteran of more than 30 years. It also cut everyone else's pay because of erosion of ad sales. That was sad news from employees. But the news station blackened its reputation when station officials refused to talk with other media about this big business story.
HOG BASKETBALL. The men suffered their worst loss EVER in Walton Arena. To Auburn. Back to the drawing board.
GOV. MIKE BEEBE. Public heat about a 3.8 percent pay raise for state elected officials prompted him to announce that he wouldn't accept HIS pay raise. That upset the other officials and looked like grandstanding, given that he's a wealthy lawyer and has a taxpayer-financed home and staff on top of $84,000 in salary.