Key names new Little Rock superintendent

LITTLE ROCK — State Education Commissioner Johnny Key on Tuesday named Little Rock lawyer and business consultant Howard Baker Kurrus the new superintendent of the state-controlled Little Rock School District.

Rex Nelson to join Simmons First

LITTLE ROCK — Rex Nelson is stepping down as president of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities to become director of corporate communications for Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff, the bank holding company said Monday.

Hutchinson names four to Workforce Task Force

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday named four people to the Arkansas Workforce Task Force to study and evaluate ways state agencies could increase employee retention, as directed by Act 1068 of 2015.


Golf: Hogs To Yale Regional

FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas men’s golf team was selected to the NCAA Regional tournament for the eighth straight time Monday as the Razorbacks will travel to the Yale Regional as the No. 5-seed May 14-16.

Softball: Larabee Out As Coach

FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas softball coach Mike Larabee resigned from his position late Sunday after the Razorbacks finished with a 16-37 overall record and a 1-23 season in the Southeastern Conference.


PATE: From ashes to prosperity

In 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius near modern Naples, Italy, erupted, burying the city of Pompeii in a thick blanket of volcanic ash. As one witness to the calamity wrote, the dust “poured across the land” like a flood. Nearly two thousand people died; and the city was abandoned for the next 1,700 years.

PATE: Now Serving Student Number Six

Recently, I attended a meeting where an administrator from a small public university treated the audience to a review of his institution’s new “brand identity campaign.” There’s a lot I don’t like about the current direction of higher education in America. This is the thing I despise the most.