MAY 6 – 12, 2009
It was a GOOD week for …
MAXINE AND HOMER BOOSE. Little Rock city government and St. Mark Baptist Church began a joint effort to repair a huge sinkhole that formed in the Booses' yard when an underground culvert collapsed after heavy rain.
SOUND MANAGEMENT. Tom Courtway, interim president of the University of Central Arkansas, announced that UCA had ended its relationship with a Little Rock advertising agency after state auditors said the agency apparently had worked with UCA to help convert public funds to private funds. A UCA vice president's job was eliminated in connection with the audit.
GENTEEL RELIGION. Trinity Episcopal Church in Pine Bluff celebrated its 150th anniversary. It's the oldest Episcopal church in the state that is still used for Sunday worship services.
GREG SUMMERS, who was named Little Rock fire chief, becoming the first black person to hold that position.
RURAL HEALTH CARE. The state Court of Appeals ruled that a doctor must pay the city of Corning $19,000. The doctor never practiced at Corning although he'd promised to do so in exchange for a loan to attend medical school.
It was a BAD week for …
AFFILIATED FOODS SOUTHWEST. The Little Rock-based wholesale grocery company filed for bankruptcy and dismissed half of its 530 employees. The rest were expected to be gone within a month.
FLAVORFUL POLITICS. The Gillett Coon Supper, a highlight of Arkansas politics for over 60 years, appeared headed for extinction. The Gillett High School gymnasium, the only building in town large enough to hold the crowd, will close next year as the high school is merged into the DeWitt School District. Attendance at the Gillett Coon Supper has been virtually mandatory for Arkansas politicians.
WRIGHTSVILLE MAYOR LORRAINE SMITH, who resigned and began reimbursing the city after the U.S. attorney's office said that she had diverted nearly $5,000 of city funds into her own bank account.