Nursing home exec, outdoor enthusiast Brandon Adams appointed to AGFC

BY: - July 5, 2023

Nursing home executive Brandon Adams became the newest member of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on Wednesday with Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ announcement of his appointment. Adams’  seven-year term will last until 2030. “Bryan [Sanders’ husband] and I have made no secret that promoting our state’s outdoor economy is one of the top priorities […]

Rep. Mary Bentley (R-Perryville) at a legislative hearing in February. (Photo by John Sykes/Arkansas Advocate)

Arkansas House committee hears legislation restricting school bathroom use

BY: - January 26, 2023

Thirteen people spoke against an Arkansas bill that would restrict bathroom use in public schools based on gender assigned at birth in the House Education Committee on Thursday. House Bill 1156 singles out transgender and gender-nonconforming youth and forces them to come out at school whether or not they want to do so, several witnesses […]

A public restroom stall door. (Getty Images)

Arkansas legislation restricting school restroom use mimics Conway policy

BY: - January 22, 2023

Activists from Conway will speak against a bill before the House Education Committee on Thursday, sharing their experience with the Conway School District’s policy that restricts children’s access to bathrooms and changing areas based on their gender assigned at birth. House Bill 1156, filed Tuesday, would apply to multiple-occupancy restrooms and locker rooms, as well […]

Conway transitional housing program to start in late 2023

BY: - December 29, 2022

Phillip Fletcher knew he had to start working on a transitional housing program in Conway after his friend Gary Harrison died in January 2016. Fletcher is the executive director of City of Hope Outreach, a community development organization he founded in 2007. Harrison lived in a trailer with a roommate, and they had a portable […]

Arkansas Supreme Court Associate Justice Robin Wynne (left) and Faulkner County Circuit Judge Chris Carnahan face off in a nonpartisan runoff election Nov. 8. (Photos courtesdy of Arkansas Secretary of State's website)

Nonpartisan state Supreme Court race features candidate heavily favored by Republicans

BY: - November 1, 2022

The Nov. 8 runoff for Arkansas Supreme Court Position 2 between Associate Justice Robin Wynne and Faulkner County Circuit Judge Chris Carnahan is billed as nonpartisan. Candidates aren’t nominated by political parties and can’t claim party endorsements or seek party contributions, according to the Arkansas Judicial Code of Conduct. But there’s a seeming loophole: Candidates […]

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Conway Schools should be embarrassed by anti-trans restroom policy, book censorship

BY: - October 14, 2022

The Conway School Board earned a badge of shame Tuesday when it adopted two policies that will harm transgender youth. One policy bans transgender youth from using restrooms not aligned with their assigned sex at birth. Gender nonconforming students made uncomfortable by this rule can opt to use single-use restrooms, but as one person noted […]