Monthly Archives: January 2018

Hotel Construction Is Up In Arkansas, Especially In Jonesboro

Hotel construction in Arkansas rose 14% between December 2016 and December 2017, indicating a departure from a trend of decline in hotel construction nationwide, according to the hospitality industry statistics resource STR.

In 2017, Arkansas had 47 hotel projects and 4,634 rooms either in the planning stages or under construction, according to STR data. In 2016, the state had 41 projects in the works and 4,068 rooms.

“We have continued to have new hotel construction in Arkansas, and I think Jonesboro and northeast Arkansas is going to be next with a continued flurry of new construction,” said Montine McNulty, executive director of the Little Rock-based Arkansas Hospitality Association. “We’ve had success in our industry. It looks like people are looking for opportunity right now, and they’re finding it in the hotel industry.”    MORE

‘No Complaints’ Received By Harrison College Over Alleged Racist Incident

A newspaper in Parsons, Kan., has gone viral with its report of an alleged racist incident that occurred during men’s and women’s basketball games at North Arkansas College (Northark) in Harrison, Ark.

Parsons Sun reporter Sean Frye detailed how fans at the game made monkey noises whenever the predominantly African-American teams of Labette Community College were on offense. However, a new statement provided to Talk Business & Politics by Northark has raised additional questions.

Frye wrote that the Sun had viewed “snippets of game footage” provided by an anonymous source that showed one person making crow caws — in reference to Jim Crow laws that were often used “to enforce segregation in the South during the late 1800s up through the civil rights movement of the 1960s,” Frye writes.    MORE

Paying More At The Pump

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Gas prices are on an upward trend.

In the past week, average retail gasoline prices in Arkansas rose 4.6 cents per gallon to an average of $2.27 a gallon, according to GasBuddy.com.

Searcy Special City Council Meeting

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The Searcy City Council has a special meeting today.

On the agenda: a budget ordinance appropriation for the payment of principal and interest on the loan for the construction of the Searcy Swim Center; an Amending Ordinance with respect to the zoning classification the Kohler Building property; an Ordinance – Authorizing to conduct business with certain individuals who serve as members of various commissions, boards, or committees of the City of Searcy;

Quorum Court Meeting

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A very light agenda awaits the White County Quorum Court in its regular meeting today.

There’s Treasurer Janet Hibbitts monthly report and discussion on the time for the regular monthly Quorum Court meetings.

School Board Meeting

Greenbrier School Board meets in regular session today. The meeting begins 6:00pm at 4 School Drive in Greenbrier.

Civil Rights Trail

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The civilrightstrail.com website officially launched on Monday with an interactive map of the trail destinations.

Little Rock Central High School is among the “Top 10” sites of importance on the trail with more than 100 historic landmarks in 14 states.

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