Metropolitan National Bank is expected to be acquired by a limited liability company tied to Dallas billionaire banker, Gerald L. Ford.
According to Metropolitan’s CEO Lunsford Bridges, the privately-held Little Rock bank will change ownership after a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding of its current shareholder group, Rogers Bancshares. Rogers Bancshares was the holding company for the bank under the leadership of businessman Doyle Rogers, who died in February at the age of 94.
Six Arkansas families will address the Board of Education on Monday to request that children be transferred out of their home school districts.
The appeals are being made by parents in the Forrest City School District, whose arguments will be heard as part of the Arkansas Public School Choice Act. The legislation, signed into law in late April, allows students to transfer out of residential school districts, but education systems may deny requests if acceptance requires a physical expansion or hiring of additional faculty.
Little Rock officials have ordered the management at an apartment complex to provide a fire watch team following at number of fires this year.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the fire watch team will consist of three hired people and three off-duty police officers. It is expected be on guard from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. at the Forest Place Apartments on North University Ave.
The apartment complex has seen eight fires, a number of which are suspected arsons, since Feb. 24.
Authorities say a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl drowned in a swimming pool in western Arkansas. The Southwest Times Record reports the girl drowned in a pool in Van Buren on Wednesday. Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown says the girl was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead after her 17-year-old brother and his 16-year-old girlfriend found her lifeless in a pool and called 911. Brown says the teens were watching the 5-year-old at the girlfriend's grandmother's house in the Oak Grove community of Van Buren when they noticed her missing. Brown says authorities are investigating the
Authorities say an 18-year-old Massachusetts woman has died after she was injured when a car struck a group of bicyclists traveling through Arkansas on a cross-country trip.
Merritt Levitan of Milton, Mass., was one of 13 cyclists traveling from Charleston, S.C., to Santa Monica, Calif., as part of a six-week trip organized by a Williamstown, Mass.-based company called Overland.
Overland and Arkansas State Police said Thursday that Levitan died at a hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
On this Independence day it may surprise some that the effects of the Revolutionary War reached all the way to Arkansas in what was the westernmost battle of the war. It was one of two trans-Mississippi River battles.
At the time Arkansas was a possession of the Spanish Empire, which sided with America in its war against the British. The British led by James Colbert, along with Chickasaw allies, attacked Spaniards, French settlers, and Quapaw at Arkansas Post, near the confluence of the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers.