The folks from Metroplan will be in town this evening, 6 to 7 p.m., at the McGee Center for some conversation about what thinking folks are imagining for Central Arkansas in the years to come.

Their invitation reads:

"Do you ever find yourself daydreaming about what the future may hold? Perhaps what you’ll be doing or where you’ll be 20 or 30 years from now?

"Imagine Central Arkansas is the region’s opportunity to do just that. To imagine what the future will be like ... where our children will work, live and play ... how they will get there.

"In essence, Imagine Central Arkansas is intended to embody the region’s aspirations. Ultimately, those aspirations will form the long-term vision for what Central Arkansans want the future to become. It is a journey, and we want you to join us."

There you have it. A chance to dream out loud a bit.

Here’s their website:


Congratulations to Bill Worthen, my friend and former boss at Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock.

He’ll be celebrating his 40th Anniversary at the HAM on Friday, noon to 1 p.m.

He became museum director when he was 25, and is now the most tenured museum director in the state.

If you haven’t been to the museum since the fifth grade (didn’t we all go then?), do yourself a favor.

Take the kids, and take the tour.

It’s a wonderful slice of Arkansas history, well preserved, well presented.

Bill knows a lot. He can sing all the verses of all the official state songs (there are four), and he knows all about the Bowie knife, the oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi, and what herbs in the museum garden that are good for the pleurisy.


The folks in the next county south are squabbling over what they want their new bridge to look like.

The aged Broadway bridge (1921) has lost its reliability, the highway department says, and must be replaced.

The mayors of Little Rock and North Little Rock and the Pulaski County Judge have a design they like.

If they had their druthers, it would be a new bridge, two spans with red, white and blue paint, patriotic and dedicated to veterans.

New estimates after preliminary engineering studies, have increased the amount to $58 million.


The sixth Annual Holiday Art Sale, with paintings by Vivian Noe and Steve Griffith will have 100 small original unframed paintings for $100 each from 6-8 tonight, 4815 Canal Place and also Friday and Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Great for gift-giving.

(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at and 505-1234.)