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July 8th, 2014

Garland Co. artist picked for Beebe portrait

July 8, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — A Garland County art instructor has been selected to paint the official gubernatorial portrait of outgoing Gov. Mike Beebe — the first time in 35 years that a new artist will produce the formal portrait.

Beebe said he and his wife, Ginger, chose Ovita Goolsby to paint the farewell portrait. The previous five portraits have been done by artist Nancy Harris, an Arkansas native who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Woman arrested after allegedly stabbing man with screwdriver

July 8, 2014

A woman was arrested after she allegedly stabbed a man with a screwdriver Friday on Silicia Heights.

Alicia Carroll, 20, of Benton has been charged with first-degree battery in connection with the incident.

The victim, Richard Wimberley, 35, told Benton police that Carroll and William Taylor, 37, drove up to the Silica Heights location. Taylor reportedly was driving the vehicle.

The victim said he tried to confront the couple, but Carroll was yelling at him. Once the couple exited the vehicle, they both had screwdrivers in their hands and Carroll stabbed the man twice, he said.

Minimum wage hike up to voters

July 8, 2014

A group campaigning to raise Arkansas' minimum wage turned in more than 77,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's Office on Monday in an effort to place the issue on the November 2014 General Election ballot.

Give Arkansas a Raise Now submitted its petition and reported turning in 77,288 signatures. Placing the issue on the ballot requires signatures from 62,507 registered voters.

Monday was the deadline to submit petitions for initiatives.


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