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The 2021 Arkansas Times Academic All-Star team

The 2021 Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team, the 27th team the Times has honored, includes quiz bowl savants, budding novelists, future engineers and doctors and championship athletes. There’s rarely a B on the transcripts of these students in not just this, their senior year, but in any year of their high school careers.

At-large LR director Phillips pens open letter to residents, shares poll results on tax proposal

At-large Little Rock Director Antwan Phillips has shared an open letter to city residents on the sales tax increase proposal before the board. Along with the letter (and perhaps the real purpose of the letter), Phillips has appended the results of a poll conducted by Little Rock's inVeritas Research and Consulting on behalf of the Arkansas Zoo Foundation that suggests that voters are in favor of the tax increase.

2021 Arkansas legislative nightmare: lawmakers stick it to their own constituents

A year into a pandemic that stole jobs, lives and any sense of stability, Arkansans might have hoped for some help when lawmakers convened in January for the 93rd General Assembly. What they got was a kick in the face.

Behind-the-scenes of the Little Rock sales tax fight

Aside from some grumbling, members of the Little Rock Board of Directors have had little publicly to say about Mayor Frank Scott Jr.'s plan to ask voters to approve a permanent 1 percent sales tax increase, which would generate an estimated $53 million annually. But there are rumblings of efforts from board members to find support for counterproposals.

How politics and religion handicapped Hot Springs in the race to become America’s chief gambling resort

The boom that got away.

The pandemic adventures of Nate Powell, comic-writing dad

His new book, ‘Save It for Later,’ confronts this political era.

Baptist starts trial of coronavirus preventative drug

Enrollment begins tomorrow trial of drug delivering monoclonal antibodies.

A Stirling startup story

A niche business finds worldwide success in Booneville.

The Best and Worst of Arkansas 2020

It was the year of spinnin' and grinnin'.

From Willisville to Washington: Sen. Joyce Elliott is ready to school Congress

Sen. Joyce Elliott was the second Black graduate of her newly integrated high school. If elected, she’ll be the first Black lawmaker Arkansas sends to Congress. 

COVID and the classroom: Arkansas faces a school year like no other

Thousands of students and educators prepare to return to the classroom as the debate over health and safety continues.

Best of Arkansas 2020

The results of our annual Best of Arkansas survey.

‘Somebody is out here doing something’: Portraits of protest in Arkansas

Across the state, from Bentonville to Crossett, thousands of Arkansans have taken to the streets in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest police brutality. Some are seasoned organizers. Some are first-time protesters. Some have served on task forces, met with elected leaders, received death threats. They are racially diverse, and they span generations. And they have decided, despite a pandemic that put them at risk when gathering, to keep coming out. Here are a few of their stories.

Incarcerated, infected and ignored: inside the Cummins prison outbreak

Inmates at Arkansas’s Cummins Unit say guards treated them like “lepers” as COVID-19 tore through the penitentiary.

Arkansas poultry workers amid the coronavirus: 'We’re not essential, we’re expendable'

Arkansas poultry plants see 64 COVID-19 cases and at least one death.

2020 Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team

Meet the best and brightest high school seniors in the state.

Pediatrician talks about COVID-19 symptoms, recovery and release

The third-year pediatric resident was working in the ER at Children’s (masked, following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines) when she was told she needed to quarantine. That was March 26. She was released from isolation April 11.

State works with Stone County Ironworks owner to buy PPE

The strategy "allowed us to procure large quantities of PPE for Arkansas that some other states who went the traditional route don’t have. We didn’t want to go to the well with everyone else, so instead we went to the creek,” UAMS procurement head said.

UAMS nurse talks about tending the sickest of the COVID-19 sick

"This whole situation is nothing anyone thought we’d ever do when we signed up to be a nurse,” Elizabeth Sullivan said. “Right now, I kind of equate it to, if this was a war and I was a soldier.”

Last responders: Central Arkansas funeral homes and coroners prepare for a rising death toll

Arkansas funeral home staff and coroners' offices prepare for a rising death count.

Little Rock's massive effort to feed kids amid the pandemic

Thanks to World Central Kitchen, the Clinton Foundation, the Little Rock School District and a broad coalition of local players, all Little Rock kids have access to free food on a daily basis.

A field guide to the birders

Birders are better than books at helping you find the birds. Almost all are enthusiastic about sharing their passion with new avian aficionados, and their fine-tuning is essential to accurate identification.

Diary of a DJ: How Craig O'Neill went from being Little Rock's class clown to its Mister Rogers

Craig O'Neill's 50-year career in broadcasting is no joke.

Best Restaurants in Arkansas 2020

Our annual Readers Choice issue that celebrates the best in food in Arkansas is not a beauty contest. Good dining is about substance as well as ambiance. Kitchens are beehive-busy with battle plans, where great creativity meets vigorous chopping and stirring and strategic use of the stove.
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