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PHOTOS: Arkansas fans attend parties, concert on Belk Bowl trip

Arkansas fans attend parties, concert on bowl trip

Subscriber only Razorback fans attending the 2016 Belk Bowl found their way to The Queen City from points far and near, proving the team's support stretches well beyond the Arkansas border. Prior to the Hogs' Dec. 29 contest against the Virginia Tech Hokies, the Arkansas Alumni Association hosted a welcome reception/Razorback social at Rooftop 210 the previous night and then a game-day Hog Wild Tailgate at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Both venues are downtown. Continue reading...

Woe pigs, really?

Football fans commiserate in North Carolina

Subscriber onlySome 4,000 Hog fans sprinkled the stands at Bank of America stadium for the Dec. 29 Belk Bowl, but a glance at opposing Virginia Tech fans wearing the school's colors showed the Razorback faithful were well-outnumbered. Arkansas lost the game 35-24 in what has been called the worst second-half meltdown since World War II. Continue reading...

Pridecorps a safety net for young LGBT people

Subscriber onlyBobby Cushman was a truck driver and then a Realtor. Then he was a truck driver and was a Realtor again. Continue reading...

Guests at festive mansion celebrate in historic style

Subscriber onlyThe low roar of conversation at Jay Barth and Chuck Cliett's annual holiday get-together was likely heard at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion, just three doors away. The Dec. 22 fete in the 1700 block of Center Street -- in the Governor's Mansion Historic District -- drew some 300 of the couple's friends, colleagues, fellow churchgoers and others, all of whom seemed to know one another or had bobbed in and out of each other's social circles. Introductions were light. Continue reading...

Yum-o gumbo, hot crackers and pie are a public service

Subscriber onlyBob Gee, a volunteer at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, does a lot for the school year-round, but he goes above and the beyond the call of duty with an annual gumbo lunch he hosts every year for the faculty, staff and some students who live in town or remain over the Christmas holiday. Continue reading...

Rural revelry

Guests from far and wide celebrate season at Elberta Bend Plantation

Subscriber onlyAt the end of a winding gravel road off Arkansas 7 outside the town proper of Dardanelle, Dr. Chris and Elizabeth Stinnett's antebellum mansion was a visual feast for guests attending the couple's annual Christmas cocktail party Dec. 17. Continue reading...

Hospital volunteers saluted with lunch, entertainment

Subscriber onlyThe CHI St. Vincent Auxiliary honored its hardest-working volunteers with a luncheon Dec. 9 at the Country Club of Little Rock. In between awards and accolades, the group enjoyed a tasty turkey dinner and entertainment by the Little Rock Rockettes, a group of prime-time dancers (ages 63-82) with moves comparable to women half their age. Continue reading...

Don't box her in: Julia Reed lecture highlights versatility

Subscriber onlyJulia Reed is a hoot. The author, humorist and magazine/newspaper contributor says just about anything that comes to mind, whether in print or in public. It's an endearing quality, especially for a Mississippi Delta belle who loves to talk about the South and all its nomenclature. Continue reading...

Make-a-Wish benefit nabs $118,000 for 15 wishes

Subscriber onlyThe atmosphere was so jolly at the seventh annual Evening of Wishes that speakers struggled to be overheard, but when country singer Justin Moore pulled out his guitar pick and leaned into the mic, the house settled down and everyone was reminded of why they were there. Continue reading...

State Medical Board salutes members who are leaving

Subscriber onlyMembers of the Arkansas State Medical Board gathered at the Country Club of Little Rock the night of Dec. 1 to share some merriment and honor a few of their own who have left the board or will soon be doing so. Among them was Peggy Cryer, who retired Aug. 31 after 25 years as executive secretary to the board. Continue reading...

Group wraps Christmas for needy senior citizens

Subscriber onlySimon Lee had to step over Christmas gifts when he interviewed for a job as community service representative at Home Instead Senior Care last December. The company had been collecting gifts for its Be a Santa to a Senior program, which provides gifts and helps facilitate human contact and social interaction with senior citizens during the Christmas season. Continue reading...

Highway commissioner gets dinner, salutes at his sendoff

Subscriber onlyBank executive Frank Scott Jr. was just 29 when he was appointed to the Arkansas Highway Commission in October 2013. In the three-plus years since, he has put his communications skills and financial intellect to work for the good of the commission. Continue reading...

Couple help Philander Smith celebrate past, look to future

Subscriber onlyKaki Hockersmith and Max Mehlburger know how to throw a party, and officials at Philander Smith College were on the receiving end of the couple's hospitality the night of Nov. 18. An appreciation reception was held to allow Philander Smith President Roderick Smothers and others to thank the people who continue to push the school's mission forward. Continue reading...

Raising a festive salute

Luncheon serves up praise, awards for those dedicated to aiding others

Subscriber onlyThe 2016 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, held Nov. 17 at the Embassy Suites Little Rock, was a literal "Who's Who" in fundraising in Arkansas, specifically central Arkansas. Besides the eight award recipients, attendees included a slew of past and potential honorees. The event was put on by the Arkansas chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Continue reading...

Saying farewell to Manees House

Subscriber onlyIf it was indeed the last social function by the Junior League of North Little Rock at the E.O. Manees House, the group's home of 54 years, there were no signs of sadness or remorse. The night of Nov. 18, they threw a "Party Like It's 1999" -- or well, you get the idea. Continue reading...

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