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Coronavirus grows in LRSD

More than 60 people added to quarantine and a dozen new positive cases in the last 24 hours.

Sorvillo drops court appeal in election contest

He'll contest the outcome at the Claims Commission, at least for now.

Today's news -- Bill Barr told the truth for once! -- and the open line

Caution on the COVID-19 front and some rare honesty from Bill Barr in today's news roundup.

Paul Petersen sentenced to six years, two months in adoption fraud case in Northwest Arkansas

Former Arizona official gets federal prison term in Fayetteville hearing.

Coronavirus today: A lull before a possible surge

Governor Hutchinsons' weekly coronavirus update revealed little new and was marked by caution about the future.
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When you've lost Bill Barr ....

... it's time to hang it up.

Dangerous times demand leadership. So where is it among Arkansas Republicans? Will none say Trump lost?

The silence of the Republicans on Trump's defeat is bad. Worse are the calls for violence.

Windgate Foundation gives $10 million to Eureka Springs School of the Arts

It's envisioned as a permanent endowment.

Make twice the impact; support investigative journalism in Arkansas

Support the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network on Giving Tuesday. Thanks to the NewsMatch program, donations between now and the end of the year are matched dollar for dollar.

Some ideas for the governor's briefing today

Some questions worth answering. But don't hold your breath.
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From Rock Candy

Prayer, Praise, Problem: A Q&A and excerpts from poet Geffrey Davis

We talked with poet Geffrey Davis over email about his latest, “Night Angler,” a 96-page wonder that manages to make a poem about evasive trout feel as if it belongs next to an elegiac verse for Tamir Rice or, as in “Pillow Kombat with the Ultimate Sleep Fighter,” alongside a meditation on Davis’ life as a new parent. 

Holiday Hangout turns ten with a virtual bash on Dec. 11-12

Under a slightly revised title — “Holiday Hang In There” — Hill has put together a lineup of beloved Holiday Hangout musicians in virtual form, to be screened on the Arkansas Times YouTube channel Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12.

UAMS' Dr. Cam Patterson plays guitar, and his band's new album is fully of the moment

It doesn’t seem possible cultural products produced in 2020 are going to be able to pass by without reference to the pandemic.

"The Glow with Big Piph" is your antidote to the quarantine doldrums

Season one focuses on a fashion designer, an entrepreneur, a poet, a multi-multifaceted artist, art activists and a vegan chef, PBS' press release states, "pulling back the curtain on their creative processes and seeing what makes them glow."

Prajnaparadha: A Q&A with Sumokem's Jacob Sawries

We talked with Sumokem rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist Jacob Sawries about the band's latest, "Prajnaparadha."
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Daniel Coston: 'Memory in 20/20' at Cantrell Gallery

He paints places and things that fill in his memories of a rural childhood.

Arts angel Windgate Foundation gives $17.5 million to Crystal Bridges (correction)

The gift will advance the appreciation of American craft.

Ann Nicholson of KLRE/KUAR's long-running "Arts Scene" dies

Nicholson was host of "Arts Scene" for three decades and recorded over a thousand episodes of the arts-focused radio program. 

Hope springs up in Baker's Alley with new public art installation

The alley behind the Arkansas Repertory Theatre is home to a new installation of public art by young Arkansas artists.

Here's "This America" from Kai Coggin, voted Arkansas Times' 2020 Best Poet

Here's "This America," the latest from poet Kai Coggin, who was voted Best Poet in Arkansas Times' Best of Arkansas 2020.
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Lake Hamilton School District students provided take-home meals

Lake Hamilton School District in Garland County provided 6,622 take-home meals for students for the week of Thanksgiving break.

Arkansas chefs offer favorite recipes

The holiday season looks different this year. Because of the pandemic, many people won’t be celebrating with as many friends and family as they have in the past. But the smaller table might bring an opportunity to spend more creative time in the kitchen.

Bentonville's The Preacher's Son announces new chef

The Preacher’s Son, the downtown Bentonville restaurant located in a restored historic church, has announced that it will welcome Arkansas native Neal Gray as its new executive chef. Current executive chef, Matthew Cooper, is leaving the restaurant in pursuit of a new project with his last service on Sat., Dec. 12.

MeMe’s Twisted Potato serves up affordable vegan food with a twist

“My philosophy is eating healthy shouldn’t break your pockets, it shouldn’t be limited to one class of person. Healthy food should be available for everyone,” Coleman said.

Trio's accepts White House Task Force recommendation to limit dine in capacity

The White House Coronavirus Task Force recommended on Tuesday that restaurants in 52 Arkansas counties limit indoor dining capacity to less than 25 percent. Governor Hutchinson declined to enforce the recommendation. However, Trio's Restaurant announced last night on its Facebook page that it will heed the call in an effort to ensure the safety of its customers and staff.
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Your Friday the 13th weekend round up

New brews and live music this weekend. Be safe out there.

Thanksgiving to go from House of Mental, Arthur's, Boulevard and more

This might be the perfect year to order Thanksgiving takeout, and several restaurants around town are ready for it.

McClard’s Bar-B-Q goes mobile

The food truck will mark the first official expansion to the restaurant’s service footprint since opening its doors in 1928. 

Vegan bakery franchise Cinnaholic coming to West Little Rock this winter

Little Rock’s Cinnaholic, opening this winter at 12800 Chenal Parkway, suite 7, joins nearly 40 existing locations in the US.
Exterior of East Sixth Brewery.

East Sixth Brewing Co. closes taproom, cites rise in COVID-19 cases

East Sixth Brewing Co., formerly Rebel Kettle, in Little Rock's East Village neighborhood, has elected to close its taproom due to safety concerns with the rise of COVID-19 cases as winter approaches.
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