May 7 - 13, 2008
It was a good week for …
The GOLDEN YEARS CROWD. Mayor Pat Hays persuaded the North Little Rock City Council to authorize $200,000 in bonds to make improvements for an RV park on the scenic Arkansas River, just downstream from his planned collection of aging derelict naval vessels. How does an RV magnet (devoid of critical dump station) square with the gentrifying Argenta neighborhood nearby? The mayor hasn't yet explained.
MIKE HUCKABEE. The rumor mill kept churning. One report put the former governor at the top of John McCain's vice presidential prospects. Another saw him as the leader of an evangelical Republican effort to take the White House in 2012. Meanwhile, he had speaking gigs for MSNBC, a college campus and the NRA.
A STATE LOTTERY. Lt. Gov. Bill Halter announced that canvassers had gathered enough signatures, presuming a sufficient number are registered voters, to put the lottery on the ballot.
SMELLS. The scent of honeysuckle was at its zenith.
It was a bad week for …
ARKANSAS.Another weekend, another bout of nasty weather. This time, a tornado trashed Stuttgart.
MOTORISTS. Gasoline prices jumped by as much as 20 cents a gallon in one day as the price for regular moved above $3.50 and premium neared $4 a gallon. Higher gas prices shifted some drivers to public transit.
ANB FINANCIAL. The Rogers-based bank, the second largest in Northwest Arkansas, was closed by federal regulators Friday because of financial losses and bad loans, particularly in the slumping real estate business. Turns out some of what glitters in Northwest Arkansas was fool's gold. The mess soiled a Missouri bank as well.
HOME SALES. Speaking of a depressed real estate market: For the 27th consecutive month Arkansas home sales were down in comparison with the same month a year earlier.