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Election Results: Special Primary Election

Posted on: 02/13/2018 1:05 pm

See primary election results for State Senate District 16, State Senate District 29, and State House District 83.

More Information: http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/AR/72568/Web02-state.192533/#/

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Capitol Parking & Shuttle Service Map: 2018 Fiscal Session

Posted on: 02/08/2018 12:00 am

More Information: https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/stateCapitol/2018_fiscal_session_shuttle_route.pdf

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End-of-Year Reminder for Arkansas Businesses

Posted on: 12/21/2017 12:00 am

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin reminds businesses that the end of the year is approaching and there are a couple of important deadlines coming up.

 

If you have not paid your franchise taxes for 2017, and do not do so by December 31st, your business will enter revoked status.

 

To find out if your business is currently in good standing, search our database here:  https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/corps/search_all.php.

 

You can file and pay your franchise taxes online 24/7 at https://www.ark.org/sos/franchise/index.php.

 

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If you are wanting to dissolve a business, the final date to formally dissolve and avoid accruing additional franchise taxes, is also December 31, 2017. Companies that want to dissolve must submit all paperwork, postmarked by 12/31/2017, in order for no additional taxes to accrue. 

 

For your convenience, Articles of Dissolution may also be filed online 24/7 at https://www.ark.org/sos/corpfilings/index.php?form_id=66

 

At the time of dissolution, every corporation shall be required to pay the franchise tax for the prior calendar year and the minimum franchise tax for the year in which the business is dissolved or withdrawn. Even if a company is no longer in business, the corporation will continue to accrue franchise taxes until formally dissolved with the Arkansas Secretary of State. 

 

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You can reach a corporate services representative by calling toll-free to 888-233-0325 or by e-mail at corprequest@sos.arkansas.gov. Our office is located in the Victory Building at 1401 W. Capitol Avenue, Suite 250, Little Rock, AR 72201.

More Information: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ARSOS/bulletins/1cde5ba

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2017 Annual Franchise Taxes Due May 1st

Posted on: 11/29/2017 2:27 pm

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Secretary of State Mark Martin is reminding Arkansas businesses that annual franchise taxes must be filed by midnight on Monday, May 1st with the Secretary of State’s Business and Commercial Services (BCS) division.Every incorporated business, whether domestic or foreign, pays an annual fee to do business in Arkansas. Corporations and LLCs may file their franchise taxes online, 24 hours a day, by visiting the Secretary of State’s website at www.ark.org/sos/franchise/index.php.

The easy-to-use system provides automatic calculations, e-mail confirmations and copies of each completed filing.  Credit cards and electronic checks are accepted.

Revoked entities continue to accrue franchise taxes annually until the business is formally dissolved or withdrawn.  Nonprofit corporations are not subject to state franchise tax.

Corporations can also pay in person at BCS located in the Victory Building in Little Rock at 1401 West Capitol, Suite 250, or by mailing their tax forms to P.O. Box 8014, Little Rock, AR 72203-8014.

BCS is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, call BCS at (888) 233-0325.

More Information: https://www.ark.org/sos/franchise/index.php

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Subcommittee of Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission Will Take Comments on Ten Commandments Proposal

Posted on: 11/27/2017 11:16 am

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Subcommittee Two of the State Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission will hold a public hearing to take comments regarding proposed changes to the base structure of the Ten Commandments Monument on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol. Public comments will be restricted to only the proposed changes of the base structure. 

Members of the subcommittee include Mr. Tony Leraris of Fort Smith, Ms. Catherine Johnson of Little Rock, and Ms. Kelly VanHook of Searcy.

The hearing will take place in the Old Supreme Courtroom on the second floor of the Arkansas State Capitol Building.  The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM on Thursday, December 7, 2017.

More Information: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ARSOS/bulletins/1c69606

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Subcommittee of Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission to Meet

Posted on: 11/27/2017 11:14 am

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – On Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 11 AM, Subcommittee Two of the State Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission will meet in the Old Supreme Courtroom on the second floor of the Arkansas State Capitol Building.

The purpose of this meeting is to review the proposed changes to the base structure of the Ten Commandments Monument on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol. 

Members of the subcommittee include Mr. Tony Leraris of Fort Smith, Ms. Catherine Johnson of Little Rock, and Ms. Kelly VanHook of Searcy. While open to the public, no public comment will be received during the meeting. 

If the proposal is deemed sufficient to move forward, the next step would involve holding a public hearing at some future date.

More Information: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ARSOS/bulletins/1c69418

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Secretary of State Launches New Online Campaign Finance System

Posted on: 08/29/2017 11:08 am

Secretary of State Launches New Online Campaign Finance System
Filers encouraged to registered before deadline

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – In compliance with Act 318 of 2017, the Office of Secretary of State Mark Martin is now ready implement a new Campaign Contribution and Expenditure Reporting System. For filers and members of the public, this new online system is user friendly and will be a considerable improvement over the old system. 

For online filers, the first requirement will be to complete a new notarized signature card.  Filers are encouraged to begin the registration process by going tohttp://financial-disclosures.sos.arkansas.gov to get started. There, users can find tutorials (which are linked below) on how to register: 

Video: Registration Basics

Document:  Financial Disclosure Training Guide 

Document:  Affidavit for Paper Filings 

The Registration Basics video gives step-by-step instructions on how to complete your registration. 

For those who do not intend to file online, Arkansas Code 7-6-230 provides for exemptions and a method to file in paper form.  These filers must submit a notarized affidavit (linked above) no later than September 15 for monthly filers or October 15 for quarterly filers.   Arkansas Code 7-6-230(a)(2)(B) prohibits this office from accepting any further reports until the notarized statement is received with the first paper report following activation of the new system. 

Effective at midnight August 31, 2017, the previous reporting system will be disabled and the new system will come online.  All future reports on and after September 1, 2017 will be made utilizing the new system.

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Arkansas Secretary of State Wins 2017 NASS IDEAS Award

Posted on: 08/09/2017 3:31 pm

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.)—During a special awards ceremony held on July 9, the Office of the Arkansas Secretary of State was selected to receive the 2017 National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) IDEAS Award, which recognizes innovation and excellence in state programming. Arkansas was recognized for its Gov2Go platform, which allows citizens to receive personalized, timely, and relevant notifications designed to help streamline their interactions with government.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the NASS community, and to see all the great things Secretaries of State are doing to engage and inform voters,” Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin said. “We hope to continue expanding Gov2Go as a convenient, personalized way to help Arkansans do business with government and engage with the elections process.”

Gov2Go is the nation’s first digital government assistant that delivers citizen-centric government interactions. More than 375,000 Arkansans have subscribed to Gov2Go to receive useful notifications to enhance their interactions with state and local government. Gov2Go learns about its users, keeps tracks of their deadlines—such as voter registration, property tax payments, car tag renewals and property assessment—and sends important reminders to their computers, mobile devices, and Apple watches.

Arkansas Secretary of State partnered with the Information Network of Arkansas (INA), the state’s official digital government services provider, to integrate its franchise tax payment system and Voter View database into Gov2Go, enabling Arkansans to access business services, voting information personalized to their district, and other government interactions through a single platform.

Established in 2011, the NASS IDEAS (Innovation, Dedication, Excellence & Achievement in Service) Award recognizes significant state contributions to the mission of NASS, as well as honors the outstanding programs and achievements of NASS member offices. Nominations are encouraged in all areas of state government programming that are overseen or administered by Secretary of State or Lieutenant Governor offices throughout the U.S.

The NASS Awards Committee reviewed and evaluated submissions and chose four finalists to give presentations at the NASS summer conference. NASS membership voted and chose the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office as the 2017 winner.

The NASS IDEAS Award marks the tenth award for Gov2Go, including two recent regional and international awards from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) in the Excellence in Government Partnership category for the Department of Finance and Administration. Other accolades include 2017 Digital Edge 50 Award winner, finalist in the Government Computer News 2016 DIG IT Award competition, the NASCIO 2016 State IT Recognition Award for Emerging and Innovative Technologies, StateScoop 50 State Innovation of the Year in 2016, top eight Finalist in the American Council of Technology’s Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) 2016 Igniting Innovation Award challenge, Center for Digital Government’s Best of the Web Winner in 2015, and Finalist in Amazon Web Services’ City on a Cloud competition in 2015.

About Information Network of Arkansas

The Information Network of Arkansas (INA) is a public-private partnership between the state of Arkansas and the Arkansas Information Consortium (AIC) that helps state government entities Web-enable their information and services. Little Rock-based AIC is celebrating its 20th year as the state’s official digital government services partner, and is part of digital government firm NIC’s (EGOV) family of companies. A local tech company, AIC was recently named to the 2017 “Best Places to Work in Arkansas” list sponsored by Arkansas Business. INA operates Arkansas.gov, the official website of the state of Arkansas, which offers more than 850 state and local online services.

About NIC

Founded in 1992, NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV) is celebrating 25 years as the nation’s premier provider of innovative digital government solutions and secure payment processing, which help make government interactions more accessible for everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies has developed a library of more than 13,000 digital government services for more than 5,500 federal, state, and local government agencies. Among these solutions is the ground-breaking digital government personal assistant, Gov2Go, delivering citizens personalized reminders and a single access point for government interactions. More information is available at www.egov.com.

Contacts

for Information Network of Arkansas
Bob Sanders, 501-324-8915
bob@ark.org or

for Arkansas Secretary of State
Chris Powell, 501-683-0057
chris.powell@sos.arkansas.gov

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State Capitol Will Close Friday night, May 19th; Reopen Monday, May 22nd

Posted on: 05/16/2017 10:38 pm

State Capitol Will Be Closed This Weekend 

Maintenance project will close building Friday night, May 19th, reopen Monday morning, May 22nd

Effective at 6:00 PM on Friday, May 19th and continuing through 6:00 AM on Monday, May 22nd, the Arkansas State Capitol Building will be closed to all visitors and staff, due to a major sewer renovation project that is ongoing at the State Capitol.

This closure has been planned in advance to enable successful completion of this project and should not disrupt normal business operations at the Capitol.  Over the weekend, the only individuals allowed into the building will be the Capitol Police, to provide building security; Secretary of State staff involved in managing the contractors performing the work; and the contract crew themselves.  During this period, there will be no water, sewer or air conditioning services available.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate understanding and cooperation as we move toward the completion of this major project. We fully anticipate reopening the building for full operations on Monday as scheduled.

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Capitol’s Summer Exhibit Unveiled

Posted on: 06/09/2016 2:05 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  Chris Powell | chris.powell@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 683-0057

Capitol’s Summer Exhibit Unveiled

“Finding Your Adventure” a Salute to National Park System

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Secretary of State Mark Martin would like to invite Arkansans to visit the Capitol and view the new summer exhibit on display in the first floor galleries.

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law a measure creating a new agency within the Department of the Interior, charged with managing an assortment of over thirty places already set aside by the federal government.  That agency, the National Park Service, would grow both in size and in responsibilities carried.  Today, as it approaches its 100th birthday, the National Park Service oversees more than four hundred sites encompassing more than 84 million acres spread across the United States, its trust territories and protectorates.

Finding Your Adventure, the Arkansas Capitol’s summer exhibit for 2016, is a birthday salute to the National Park System (NPS) and a “sampler” of its Arkansas sites.  They are distinguished by their variety: in them, one may take a hike, sink into a thermal bath or float a river. One can stand where battles raged in the Civil War and in the Civil Rights Movement, explore an historic courthouse or a U.S. President’s childhood home and much more.

The exhibit features artifacts and images selected by staff members from each of the seven NPS sites within Arkansas.  Architectural details and bath house memorabilia represent Hot Springs National Park, while Fort Smith National Historic Site’s offerings include a court document pertaining to notorious bank robber Henry Starr, signed by famed “hanging judge” Isaac Parker.  Buffalo National River is represented by a half-canoe, crafted from a wrecked watercraft by park staff, while the William J. Clinton Birthplace and Home contributes a Little Golden Book once the property of a young Billy Blythe, the future president.

For 100 years the National Park Service has protected the nation’s natural and cultural treasures, preserved its stories and provided opportunities for recreation, learning, discovery and awe. These are your public lands and in this Centennial Anniversary year, the Capitol, along with the NPS, encourages visitors—natives and out-of-staters alike—to seek and find adventure in a national park in Arkansas. 

Finding your Adventure will remain on display through Labor Day.


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Secretary Martin to Serve on National Task Force

Posted on: 04/05/2016 8:45 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  Chris Powell | chris.powell@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 683-0057

Secretary Martin to Serve on National Task Force
Group to Study Remote Notarization Technologies & Standards

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin will be joining counterparts from across the country to serve on a new committee formed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).  Secretaries of State are joining forces with state notary professionals and private-sector notarization experts to announce the formation of the NASS Remote Notarization Task Force.

The task force, which includes representation from 19 states, is dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of the issues and policies surrounding the adoption of remote/video notarizations amongst states.

The NASS task force will solicit input on technology and trends from a group of private sector advisors. The task force will review technologies that facilitate remote notarizations, track state activity and develop possible proposals for NASS consideration.  

Arkansas began its electronic notarization, or eNotary, program in April 2014.  Secretary Martin said, “We pride our eNotary program on being more secure than traditional notarization by adhering to NASS electronic notarization standards which require a physical, in-person appearance at the time of each notarial act.”  

Martin added, “There are still some questions regarding remote notarization technology that we will be asking as the work of this task force progresses.”

Arkansas Notary Public Administrator Danielle Fusco will serve on the task force as well.

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New Notary Public Training Offered by Secretary of State

Posted on: 03/24/2016 9:12 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  Chris Powell | chris.powell@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 683-0057

New Notary Public Training Offered by Secretary of State
Free Online Course, Upcoming Seminars Available

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) - FREE online notary training is now available and can be found on the Secretary of State’s website and the new notary management system athttp://bcs.sos.arkansas.gov. The online training can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

According to Notary Public Administrator Danielle Fusco, there are currently over 51,000 notaries public in good standing in Arkansas. "Due to the popularity of our in-person notary trainings, we found it prudent to offer the training in a way that it is available to all Arkansans without regard to their schedules and location," said Fusco.

A select number of in-person seminars will still be conducted across the state in partnership with the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Centers. These seminars will be held:
March 31 – Pine BluffJune 14th -- JonesboroAugust 2nd – RussellvilleAugust 18th – Mountain HomeSeptember 6th – El DoradoSeptember 7th – Magnolia
These trainings are for all levels of notaries.  Each seminar covers topics such as: Using the new notary management system; the application, renewal and amendment process; rules, regulations and proper notary procedures; supplies; and authentication of documents to be used abroad.

The training will assist new and renewing applicants with the required exam that became part of the application process on January 1, 2016.


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Arkansas Franchise Tax Deadline is May 2nd

Posted on: 03/16/2016 1:23 pm

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CONTACT:  Chris Powell | chris.powell@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 683-0057 

Arkansas Franchise Tax Deadline is May 2nd
Businesses Encouraged to File Online

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Secretary of State Mark Martin is reminding Arkansas businesses that annual franchise taxes must be filed by midnight on May 2nd with the Secretary of State’s Business and Commercial Services (BCS) division. 

Every incorporated business, whether domestic or foreign, pays an annual fee to do business in Arkansas. Corporations may file their franchise taxes online, 24 hours a day, by visiting the Secretary of State’s website at www.ark.org/sos/franchise/index.php

The easy-to-use system provides automatic calculations, e-mail confirmations and copies of each completed filing.  Credit cards and electronic checks are accepted. 

Revoked entities continue to accrue franchise taxes annually until the business is formally dissolved or withdrawn.  Nonprofit corporations are not subject to state franchise tax. 

Corporations can also pay in person at BCS located in the Victory Building in Little Rock at 1401 West Capitol, Suite 250, or by mailing their tax forms to P.O. Box 8014, Little Rock, AR 72203-8014. 

BCS is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, call BCS at (888) 233-0325. 



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More Information: http://www.ark.org/sos/franchise/index.php

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New Capitol Exhibit Highlights Children’s Book Illustrators

Posted on: 03/07/2016 3:05 pm

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CONTACT:  Chris Powell |chris.powell@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 683-0057
 
New Capitol Exhibit Highlights Children’s Book Illustrators
Month-Long Cultural Exhibit on Loan From Mexican Consulate

(Little Rock, Ark.) – We first encounter books as children; the nature of this encounter determines to a large extent our future relationship with reading and with literature. Children’s books are, traditionally, illustrated; the felicitous combination of words and pictures helps promote the habit of and comfort with reading and learning. Pictures help carry the story, make words leap off of the page; illustrators are authors’ natural allies.

This month, the Arkansas State Capitol featuresMás Allá de las Palabras {beyond words}, a selection of award-winning illustrations from recent Mexican children’s literature. This traveling exhibit, created by the National Council for Culture and Arts of Mexico and circulated in Arkansas by the Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock, features thirty-four striking examples of the work of Mexico’s masters of illustration.  Working with a wide assortment of media and techniques, these artists have created windows into worlds both much like our own and wildly, gloriously fantastic.

Más Allá de las Palabras {beyond words} is on view in the Lower-Level Gallery of the Arkansas State Capitol from March 7 through April 8. The State Capitol is open to visitors seven days per week, 8 AM to 5 PM on weekdays and 10 AM to 3 PM on weekends. Weekend visitors may access the gallery by elevator.
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Capitol Display Honors Black History Month

Posted on: 02/08/2016 3:54 pm

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CONTACT:  Chris Powell |chris.powell@sos.arkansas.gov | 501-683-0057

Capitol Display Honors Black History Month

Next Generations: Arkansas’s African 
American Legislators since 1973

Between 1868 and 1893, significant numbers of African Americans served in the chambers of the Arkansas Legislature.  Black legislators remained visible and active in both chambers through the 1870s and 1880s but political and social tides turned against them.  From 1893, no African American would serve in the Arkansas legislature for eight decades.

The year 1973 saw a new day in Arkansas politics:Richard Mays, Dr. William Townsend and Henry Wilkins III began their careers in the Arkansas House, while Dr. Jerry Jewell entered the State Senate.Since 1973, another sixty-two have taken their places in the Capitol, with some serving in as many as eleven or, in one case, twelve Legislatures, representing both metropolitan and rural districts.  Today, African Americans make up about eleven percent of Arkansas’s legislature: three state senators and eleven state representatives.

This February, the Arkansas State Capitol salutes the”Class of ‘73” and those who followed it with a new display, The Next Generations: Arkansas’s African American Legislators since 1973.  The exhibit collects the legislative portraits and service statistics of the sixty-six African American legislators of the Twentieth and Twenty-first centuries.   Portraits are drawn from the legislative composite pictures usually viewed on the Capitol’s third and fourth floors, while their years of service derive from information in the Historical Report of the Secretary of State.  These legislators’ histories and accomplishments cannot be contained in a single exhibit but their names and their service are worth commemorating: not content to simply honor history, through their service they have made it.

The Next Generations will remain on view in the Capitol’s ground floor Rotunda through the month of February.  
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New State Capitol Exhibit on Display

Posted on: 02/04/2016 9:20 am

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CONTACT:  Chris Powell |chris.powell@sos.arkansas.gov | 501-683-0057

New State Capitol Exhibit on Display
“Wildlife 101,” the Art of Duane Hada

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) -- At the dawn of the Twentieth Century, Arkansas lacked any state agency overseeing wildlife populations and their preservation.  The era was one of hunting with little to no regulation: subsistence, market and “sport” hunting plus habitat encroachment made game more scarce with each passing year.

Act 124 of the 1915 Legislative Assembly marked Arkansas’s first real response to this great dwindle. It established the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, to be funded by hunting license fees and fines. Since then,the Commission has worked to ensure the protection, conservation and preservation of wildlife in Arkansas through habitat management, stocking, hunting and fishing regulations, education and a host of other programs.

This spring, the Capitol salutes the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s century—and more—of good work with “Wildlife 101,” an exhibit featuring the work of Arkansas artist Duane Hada.  Seventeen vivid canvases depict the state’s signature wild residents in their home settings: the forests, fields and waters of the Natural State. Each painting is paired with artist Hada’s comments drawn from memories of growing up in rural Arkansas, as well from his adult experiences hunting, fishing and creating his striking compositions.  Several of the exhibited paintings have been loaned by private collectors, giving Capitol visitors a rare opportunity to view them.

With the Buffalo River a brisk walk from his boyhood home, Duane Hada grew up close to the scenes and creatures that would feature in his artwork.He received his BSE in Art from the University of Central Arkansas. He has taught high school and art curriculum for Arkansas State University in Mountain Home (Baxter County) and conducts workshops at his White River School of Fine Art.
Duane Hada has won numerous awards, including Best of Show for the Mid-Southern Watercolorists. His work has been showcased in Arkansas’s 1987 Trout Stamp design, conservation license plate and wildlife educational posters.  He has, moreover, been recognized for more than his art: a recipient of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's "Master Angler Award," Duane is the first and only person to date to catch all qualifying fish on fly tackle. He is a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor and has taught fly tying and fly fishing through several college and university courses and with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Duane’s work can be viewed at his Rivertown Gallery in Mountain Home, Arkansas, year-around; the Capitol’s selection will remain on display in its first-floor galleries through Mid-May.

 

 

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Subcommittees of Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission to Meet

Posted on: 12/31/1969 6:00 pm

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Contact:  Chris Powell | chris.powell@sos.arkansas.gov | 501-683-0057

Meeting Notice: 
Subcommittee will hear presentation regarding proposal from The Satanic Temple 
(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) - Subcommittee Two of the State Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission will meet on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM.  The meeting will be held in the offices of the Capitol Zoning District Commission, 400 South Battery Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.  The purpose of the meeting is to hear a presentation by The Satanic Temple regarding their proposal to establish a permanent monument or memorial on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol.  The meeting is open to the public, but no public comment will be taken during this meeting. 

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Meeting Notice: 
Subcommittee will hear presentation regarding proposed Gold Star Families monument 
(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) - Subcommittee One of the State Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission will meet on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM.  The meeting will be held in the offices of the Capitol Zoning District Commission, 400 South Battery Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.  The purpose of the meeting is to hear a presentation by the sponsors proposing erection of a permanent Gold Star Family monument on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol.  The meeting is open to the public, but no public comment will be taken during this meeting.


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Hoxie: Right in ‘55

Posted on: 12/31/1969 6:00 pm

New State Capitol Exhibit Commemorates 
Historic Integration of Hoxie Schools

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) –  From its founding in the 1880s until ten years after the end of World War II, the northeast Arkansas town of Hoxie was an agricultural town, a railroad town, a cotton market town.  Its greatest assets were its location, at the junction of two railroads, the fertile farmland around it and its children, served by a school system that was a source of community pride.In July 1955, however, Hoxie and its schools became objects of national attention. After the local school board moved to end racial segregation, acting on moral, legal and practical considerations, Hoxie became the object of attempts by outside forces to influence its path. “Remember Hoxie” became a rallying cry for proponents of states' rights and continued segregation: the incident spurred a surge of white activism and helped boom the political career of James D. “Justice Jim” Johnson. In the end, though, the Hoxie schools stayed the course and remained integrated.  Over time, Hoxie’s notoriety faded, especially as the events of 1957 in Little Rock, which had been foreshadowed by the Hoxie controversy, unfolded.
“Hoxie: Right in ’55,” The Arkansas Capitol’s fall exhibit, recalls the saga of how this Arkansas town dealt with changing law and changing times, and what came of it.  Vintage images and memorabilia of Hoxie and its schools, as well as documentary materials from the Arkansas State Archives, tell the stories of the town and the main actors in what one historian styled “the Hoxie imbroglio.” The exhibit ends by suggesting some consequences, including current efforts by Hoxie community members to preserve, interpret and help spread understanding of what happened in their town.

Today, more than six decades and more since Hoxie’s minutes of fame, community members of the Hoxie: The First Stand committee are working to create a museum that will preserve memories of the Hoxie desegregation and interpret the story for future generations. In 1955, the Hoxie school board, students, staff and, ultimately, the town, chose the right.  That choice would create echoes far beyond the bounds of the Hoxie school district.  In “Hoxie: Right in ’55,” we remember the events of 1955 and salute those who would preserve those memories as a legacy for the Hoxie of days to come.

Hoxie: Right in ’55 is on display in the Arkansas State Capitol’s first-floor galleries.  The Capitol is open on weekdays, 7 AM-5 PM and 10 AM-3 PM on weekends.