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Morgan “Chip” Welch announces candidacy for 16th Division Circuit Judge

Morgan “Chip” Welch announces candidacy for 16th Division Circuit Judge

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- North Little Rock attorney Morgan “Chip” Welch today announced his candidacy for Circuit Judge, Sixth Judicial District, 16th Division. Welch, who has acted as a special judge in five different circuit court divisions presiding over criminal, civil and bench trials over his career, is seeking the seat occupied by Judge Ellen Brantley. She has announced her plans to step down.

Surrounded by supporters, Welch announced his candidacy and explained his reasons for seeking the judgeship. “I have always thought that a judge should first and foremost think of the non-lawyers in his courtroom — the ones who don’t go there day in and day out with multiple cases and clients, but for whom their case is the single most important matter they will ever bring to court,” he said.

Governor makes 70 appointments to state offices

Governor makes 70 appointments to state offices

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe Tuesday announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Lillian Arnold, Pine Bluff, reappointed to the Home Health Care Service Agency Advisory Council. Appointment expires June 30, 2013.

Bill Booker, Little Rock, reappointed to the Arkansas Cemetery Board. Appointment expires January 15, 2015.

Dorathy Boulden, El Dorado, to the Arkansas History Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2013. Replaces Shelia Lampkin.

Eric Burnett, Fort Smith, to the Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees. Appointment expires January 14, 2016. Replaces Dean Wilburn.

Una Carroll, North Little Rock, to the Universal Newborn Hearing, Screening, Tracking and Intervention Advisory Board. Appointment expires January 14, 2013. Replaces Debra Goldman.

Joan Cash, Jonesboro, to the Arkansas Agriculture Board. Appointment expires August 15, 2014.

New alderman for North Little Rock's Ward 3 sworn in

New alderman for North Little Rock's Ward 3 sworn in

Living in North Little Rock for just over two years, I've taken the liberty to engage the city's elected and appointed leadership multiple times, if nothing else then for the sake of doing so. But prior to Steve Baxter being sworn in, North Little Rock's third ward has had some very bumpy roads when it comes to elected leadership at city hall. After the last two alderman resigned, it is great to finally have quality representation at the North Little Rock City hall.

 A special run-off election took place to replace one of the alderman at the end of March. Featured were; Jimmy Phillips, former alderman appointed by the mayor and city council as a replacement, and Bruce Foutch a new hopefull and now Alderman-Elect.

Unofficial vote count in for Ward 3 runoff election

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. The unofficial results of a North Little Rock runoff election for Ward 3 are in.

With 9 of 9 precincts counted, totaling 582 ballots and 6.64 percent of voter turnout, Bruce Foutch has won with 55 percent of the vote and 321 votes against opponent Jimmy Phillips, who had almost 45 percent of the vote with 261 votes.

Early voting set for Ward 3 special election

Early voting set for Ward 3 special election

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The early voting locations have been set for the North Little Rock Ward 3 special election.

Residents can vote at the main polling site, the Pulaski County Regional Building, at 501 W. Markham in Little Rock, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1-7. Voters can also go to the William F. Laman Library at 2801 Orange St., March 1-4.

Election day is Tuesday, March 8.