BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Planner, AR
The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 501-225-3668:
FOR USE Sunday, April 7, and thereafter:
EXCHANGE-TEXARKANA AIRPORT-RADAR DOME
TEXARKANA, Ark. _ With the Texarkana Regional Airport now possessing a historic Cold War site, of which there are only seven still existing in the country, some recognition may be in order. At least that’s the verdict of at least two Texarkana, Ark., city officials during a recent Airport Authority Board meeting. Arkansas-side City Planner Mary Beck and Assistant City Planner Kayla Flovin approached the board about the possibility of placing the airport’s former Air Force radar dome on the National Register of Historic Places. By Greg Bischof, Texarkana Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 580 words. With photo.
EXCHANGE-PRETTY BOY FLOYD-HIDEOUT
FORT SMITH, Ark. _ It would be hard to tell it today, but a little brick house on North 36th Street in Fort Smith served as the home for infamous bank robber “Pretty Boy” Charles Floyd and his family for the fall of 1931 and spring of 1932. Adjacent to Tilles Park, it was a good find for the Depression-era Robin Hood. If the police came knocking, the park may have offered some cover for a back-door escape. Having made a brazen escape from a train on its way to the Ohio State Prison on Dec. 10, 1930, Floyd had been on the run for nine months when he moved into the little home on 36th Street. By John Lovett, Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 865 words.
FOR USE Monday, April 8, and thereafter:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ Erin Kiefer knew in high school that she wanted to work at Assembled Products Corp. in Rogers. Why wouldn’t she? Her father, Bill Sage, founded the company in 1983 after he invented a motorized shopping scooter that is now, along with its doppelgangers, found in grocery and retail stores nationwide. Kiefer worked for the company as a teenager, answering phones, licking stamps — that was a thing back then — and filing paperwork, whatever menial task that needed to be done. By Marty Cook, Arkansas Business. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1131 words.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ Jim Blair remembers taking home boxes full of books from the old city library and how he inadvertently acquired a collection at the age of 7 or 8. That love of knowledge follows him to this day. Nearly eight decades later, Blair has contributed a total of $5 million to the Fayetteville public library. Blair helped build the library with a $3 million donation in 2002. He recently announced another gift for the building’s 82,500-square-foot expansion. By Stacy Ryburn, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 780 words. Pursuing photos.
^The AP, Little Rock