The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend:
NOTE: The Arkansas Perspective staff feature has been discontinued.
For use Sunday, Aug. 12, and thereafter:
FORT SMITH, Ark. — Jarrett Banks, the senior minister at First Christian Church in Fort Smith, is also the western Arkansas ambassador for Ainsley’s Angels of America, a nonprofit aimed at building awareness about the special needs community across the United States through inclusion in all aspects of life. The organization’s biggest venture is allowing special needs people of all ages the ability to participate in running events across the country, ranging from 5K races to half marathons to even full marathons. Those participants are then pushed in special chairs by runners. By Buck Ringgold, The Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1428 words.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — After facing LightWave Solar LLC as a competitor, Seal Energy Solutions CEO Josh Davenport knew he wanted the Tennessee solar installation company as an ally. So the North Little Rock energy company teamed up with LightWave, based outside Nashville, Tennessee, to go after larger solar power generation projects for Arkansas farmers, businesses and municipalities. The two companies, both licensed contractors in Arkansas, recently announced their new business alliance. By Kyle Massey, Arkansas Business. SENT IN ADVANCE: 457 words.
For use Monday, Aug. 13, and thereafter:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Doc Holladay started serving as a police officer with the Little Rock Police Department in 1971, and his last day as sheriff of Pulaski County will be Dec. 31. Holladay announced that he would not run for re-election early this year, months before former Little Rock Assistant Police Chief Eric Higgins won the vote to replace him. On Dec. 31, Holladay will walk into his office as a sheriff and out again as a citizen. By Clara Turnage, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1633 words.
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — Black Bear sightings in the Twin Lakes Area are increasing due to a lack of food, according biologist Allen Cathey with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Normally, sightings of the bears increase during the spring. However, recent dry weather has caused a shortage of their primary food source during the summer. By Josh Dooley, Baxter Bulletin. SENT IN ADVANCE: 589 words.
The AP, Little Rock