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Political scholar to be in residence at UCA

Political scholar to be in residence at UCA

By Zachary O’Neal, College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office


CONWAY — Dr. Roderick P. Hart, dean of the College of Communication and professor of government at the University of Texas, Austin will visit the University of Central Arkansas as Scholar-in-Residence for Civic Engagement Oct. 10-11.


Hart will give a free public lecture, “Campaign 2012: Political Cynicism When We Need it the Least,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the College of Business Auditorium (107).  Hart specializes in politics and the mass media. He has written 12 books, including his latest, “Political Keywords: Using Language That Uses Us.”


This event is a cooperative enterprise among the College of Fine Arts and Communication (Department of Communication), College of Liberal Arts (Department of Political Science) and UCA residence halls (Norris Taylor UCA Residential Colleges Fund).

'Capitol Steps' make an appearance at UCA

'Capitol Steps' make an appearance at UCA

CONWAY — The Capitol Steps, a musical and political satire group, will continue the UCA Public Appearances season with the first Broadway performance Oct. 8.


The 7:30 p.m. event at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall is sponsored by the Arkansas Times.   


The group formed in 1981 as a group of Senate staffers who banded together to satirize the people and places that employed them. Altogether the performers have worked 18 years in Congressional offices and have 62 years of House and Senate staff experience.


“The skits are not always about politicians,” Ashley Love, director of finance and marketing for UCA Public Appearances, said. “On YouTube, there’s a skit on being overly medicated where they make fun of people taking medication for no reason.”


Election results for Faulkner judge, sheriff

Election results for Faulkner judge, sheriff

Today's THV will be giving you complete coverage of the election on THV2 and THV2.com. For more news on politics, including the latest in the presidential race, visit our Campaign 2012 section on todaysthv.com.


  • Preston Scroggin (D-incumbent) runs upposed in the primary.
  • Marvin Lessmann (R) will challenge Scroggin in the general election.


  • Tommy Earnhart (D) ---
  • Andy Shock (R) -- 52%
  • Tim Ryals (R) -- 35%
  • Max Young (R) -- 11%
  • H. Allen Smith (R) -- 2%

Tax question causes controversy in Conway

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Here's something you don't see every day: a Democratic and Republican Congressman uniting on a tax issue.

Conway officials met with Congressmen Tim Griffin and Mike Ross on a proposal to raise the state's severance tax on natural gas.

This is a hot button issue, with some taking shots. Mayors, councilmen and residents all met at the Conway Chamber of Commerce, all oppose raising that tax. They're afraid it will cause gas companies to pull up stakes and go elsewhere; taking with them jobs and business. But tax supporters say that's hog wash.

Congressmen from opposite sides of the aisle -- Republican Tim Griffin and Democrat Mike Ross -- sit on the same side of the table on this issue.

"In tough economic times an unnecessary tax increase is the last things Arkansans need," says Ross.

Ross to lead Conway Chamber energy discussion, proposed tax increase

Ross to lead Conway Chamber energy discussion, proposed tax increase

WHO:     U.S. Congressman Mike Ross; Faulkner County Judge Preston Scroggin, Conway Mayor Tab Townsell, Conway Area Chamber of Commerce leadership, El Dorado Chamber of Commerce leadership, local elected officials and business leaders.

WHAT:   U.S.

Governor appoints 35 to boards, commissions

Governor appoints 35 to boards, commissions

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Stephen Ballard, Benton, to the Burial Association Board. Appointment expires December 31, 2014. Replaces Ben Brazzel.

Dr. Joseph Beck, Fayetteville, to the Oversight Committee on Breast Cancer Research. Appointment expires January 1, 2016. Replaces Dr. Malcolm Hayward.

The Honorable Larry Bryant, Forrest City, to the Arkansas Service Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2015. Replaces the Honorable Robert Taylor.

Teresa Bullock, Bryant, to the Public Health Advisory Board. Appointee serves at the will of the governor. Replaces Sandra Lancaster.

Bobby Burns, Beebe, to the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. Appointment expires June 1, 2013. Replaces Garland Camper.

Matt Cashion, Little Rock, reappointed to the Information Network of Arkansas. Appointment expires December 31, 2014.

Big night, big benefit for homeless shelter

Big night, big benefit for homeless shelter

Big night, big benefit, Bethlehem House recently held their Fourth Political Pie (and Cake) Auction. Politicians and supporters were invited to bid on pies and cakes in exchange for 90 seconds of talk time to cover their topic of choice.

Among the crowd was Judge Mike Maggio (who is not currently running for office). Maggio said, “I am here tonight to support Bethlehem House. After supporting them for years with time and donations of goods, food and money, I want to see them get anything they need. I make it a point to attend every Pie Auction whether or not I’m up for election. Tonight, we are here to help raise funds to build a new shelter, which is critical.” 

One of the most significant speeches of the night was from an individual who has been a recipient of the services offered at Bethlehem House.  He spoke about how the shelter has helped him rebuild his life and finances after a battle with cancer took so much from him.