David Wallace

Anchor / Reporter

Radio veteran David Wallace began his news and sports reporting career while in college in 1976. These days, it is more of a hobby than a main job. He anchors weekends and is on-call as a reporter-at-large for KUAR. Since moving to Little Rock in 1991, he has won 14 statewide first-place awards for radio journalism. His primary job now is with the state Department of Workforce Services at the Little Rock Workforce Center. He is single with a black lab named Hagan.

Ways to Connect

Panelists (left to right) City Manager Bruce Moore, Moderator Rex Nelson, Mayor Mark Stodola and Police Chief Kenton Buckner take part in "Crime in Little Rock... a Dialogue" at the Ron Robinson Theater.
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Little Rock city leaders addressed the spike in violent crime this year in the state's capital city at a forum Thursday night, even while acknowledging that talk is cheap.

"If we have nothing to show, meaning action, after we leave the meeting, we’ve wasted everyone’s time," Police Chief Kenton Buckner said during "Crime in Little Rock... a dialogue" presented by the Central Arkansas Library System at the Ron Robinson Auditorium.

"Our city has too many things going on for us to be meeting with nothing to show as a result of that meeting," Buckner said.

KUAR

Officials with eStem Public Charter Schools, joined by Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, cut the ribbon Saturday to open their new high school location on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, perhaps the first charter school on the campus of a public university in the nation.

"The future is here; the future is today," said eStem CEO John Bacon in christening the new, approximately 33,000-square-foot building.

The Cleveland County town of Kingsland is pinning its hopes of parlaying the birth of Johnny Cash there 83 years ago into tourism gold on an upcoming festival and carnival.

A committee known as Kickstart Kingsland, an off-shoot of Kickstart Cleveland County,  will next meet Friday, Aug. 11, to plan the event, tentatively scheduled for September 16th.

"They're trying to work up a little fundraising festival," Kingsland Mayor Charles Crain said, "have live music, get some local groups, and (have) some vendors in."

Election vote
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Voters gave a resounding "No" to the Little Rock School District's proposal to extend a tax millage an additional 14 years to fund improvements to schools and the construction of a new high school in southwest Little Rock. 

The vote was 3,938 (35.5 percent) for, 7,167 (64.5 percent) against.

Only a little more than 11,000 of the 110,676 registered voters in the district went to the polls.

The extension of the 12.4-mill tax from the current expiration date of 2033 to 2047 would have generated $160 million for the improvements.

Arkansas Travelers

A new era dawns for the Arkansas Travelers when baseball returns this week for the 2017 season.

After 16 seasons as the class AA affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim, the Travelers debut Thursday in the Seattle Mariners' organization.

The club has almost upgraded Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock to enhance fan safety. The protective netting behind home plate has been extended 70 feet down each foul line.

Travs General Manager Paul Allen said the ubiquitous smart phone is to blame.

Little Rock Fire Truck
City of Little Rock

The Fire Prevention office of the Little Rock Rock Fire Department is initiating the "Keep the Wreath Green" campaign to raise awareness of the danger of house fires during the holidays.

The campaign centers around five wreaths with green light bulbs scattered at various locations around the city.

"We want to give our community the visual of how well they’re doing with fire prevention during the holiday season," says Bo Hagar, Little Rock firefighter and Fire Prevention educator.

Talk Business and Politics

Greater, the long anticipated story of former Arkansas Razorback All-America Brandon Burlsworth, opened this weekend to generally good reviews.

"He probably was, as portrayed, just a very good, decent young man," says Little Rock-based film critic Philip Martin of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. "The genre is sort of one of these Christian inspiration movies, but it's really better than most of those."

Almost 20,000 marshal-arts aficionados in their brightly colored uniforms have once again descended on downtown Little Rock for the 26th annual American Taekwondo Association World Expo. 

Jenny O'Conner of ATA International estimates up to 20 nations are represented at the organization's biggest event of the year, which includes the crowning of champions for the just concluded competition year and the opening competitions of the new year.

Photo by Jared Rickman

Little Rock's Bike Polo club is hosting its third Summer Solstice Slam at McArthur Park this weekend, featuring 22 teams from around the region, including four from Little Rock.

Bike polo is just like it sounds—the classic game played by aristocracy on horseback converted to bicycles on a hard surface.

Jared Rickman, one of a core group of players who have made Little Rock something of a hub of bike polo events over the last few years, said the public is invited to watch the tournament, which was expected to run into the early evening Sunday.

Trump campaign plane
Facebook/Donald J. Trump

  

Donald Trump used a northwest Arkansas rally three days in advance of the Arkansas primary to throw verbal hand grenades at Republican presidential adversary Marco Rubio.

“I will address little Rubio,” the New York billionaire told a large crowd at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.

“I thought (Ted) Cruz was a liar, but Rubio is worse.”

Trump’s 58-minute unscripted speech seemingly covered whatever topic popped into his mind.

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