Monday, November 13, 2006
Marvelous Monday Summary
Arkansas’ 31-17 victory over Tennessee combined with Texas, Auburn and California losing on Saturday and Louisville losing on Thursday, catapulted the Razorbacks into seventh place in the BCS standings, fifth in the AP poll and sixth in the USA Today polls after being 11th in all three rankings last week.
Unprecedented voter turnout in Benton County has again called into question the results of Tuesday's general election. After the Election Commission reviewed the votes, the turnout jumped from 49 percent to 83 percent. One precinct in Rogers reported a voter turnout of more than 100%. In Gateway, a town of 122 people, 199 votes were cast in an uncontested mayoral race. In Pea Ridge, the number of mayoral votes cast exceeded the local population by 600.
A state audit has questioned the propriety of the Camden Fairview School District spending more than $25,000 of its funds to purchase letter jackets, blankets, rings and other items over a two-year period to recognize student athletes for their accomplishments.
A federal appeals court has ruled that the Camden mayor did not have legislative immunity when he ordered the seizure of a former political rival’s bass boat. Richard D. Percefull sued Mayor Chris Claybaker, claiming that the city of Camden’s seizure of Percefull’s bass boat in 2003 violated Percefull’s constitutional rights, namely protection from unreasonable searches and seizures.
Attorney General Mike Beebe who becomes Arkansas governor in January says he's already working on how quickly the state will be able to phase out its 6-cent tax on groceries, one of the Democrat's key proposals during his campaign.
"Wedding" registries in the names of Gov. Mike Huckabee and his wife, Janet, have been set up at two department store chains in advance of the Huckabees' move out of the Governor's Mansion into a private home.
A bid by Rep. Mike Ross to move into the House leadership was ended pretty much before it began when Democrats cut a deal to seat another lawmaker. The deal that found a post for Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois effectively shut out Ross from trying to become vice chairman of the Democratic caucus.
The pilot of a single-engine plane reported flames aboard the aircraft shortly before it crashed Nov. 4 near Danville in Yell County, but a preliminary investigation has revealed no evidence of an in-flight fire, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting a horse in North Little Rock on Oct. 26.
Little Rock school officials plan to meet with the city to discuss security at Central High School football games after a student was assaulted by a group of people Friday night.
A former employee of Kohler Co., which manufactures stainless-steel sinks at its Searcy plant, asked to be reinstated to a job that a federal jury determined he was wrongly fired from in April 2004. A jury awarded Dewey Woodle $81,000 in lost wages, benefits and medical expenses; $200,000 for emotional distress; and $400,000 in punitive damages as a result of his termination on the basis of a disability, in violation of his civil rights.
Rev. Larry Benefield, A Little Rock minister and former banker will become the 13th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas, making him the first to rise to the post from within the diocese.
The 125 member Mountain Home Marching Band will participate in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The local boosters club raised $125,000 for band members to make the trip.
Thomas Jefferson University plans to sell a prized 1875 painting for $68 million to the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, founded by the Wal-Mart heiress Alice L. Walton and under construction in Bentonville. That sum is a record for an artwork created in the United States before World War II. The university has given Philadelphia area museums and government institutions 45 days to match the offer.
After 18 dry months, Brewer Lake is beginning to fill back up to a normal level, according to Conway Corp. CEO Richard Arnold. The man-made lake, located north of Plumerville in Conway County, is the main water supply for Conway and the Conway County Regional Water Distribution District.