Kirkley Thomas has been named as the vice president of governmental affairs for Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI). He replaces Carmie Henry, who will retire effective Jan. 31 after more than 17 years with the cooperatives.
E-mails tell the tale of an attempt to keep information about cost estimates for the Ben Geren Aquatics Center from city and county officials voting on budgets and amenities tied to the contentious aquatics facility being planned and jointly funded by the city of Fort Smith and Sebastian County.
A legal turn for same-sex marriage, Coon Supper politics, shuffling money for a sports complex and the push for a third high school in Fort Smith are part of the Jan. 17 Friday Wire for the Fort Smith region.
Nationally known chief economist Rich Yamerone, of Bloomberg L.P. , said tracking ladies dress and make-up sales will offer insight into consumer spending and sentiment — responsible for 72% of the U.S. economy.
In what should be his final legislative session, Gov. Mike Beebe proposed a $5 billion budget that includes increased funding for prisons and public schools, projected savings from the private option, and a pay hike for public employees.
Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross' campaign is starting to sound like a broken record after the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor announced fundraising figures for the fourth quarter of 2013 and a record-breaking 2013.