Local news: Monday 5/18

Gazzola resigns
A&P chair Pat Gazzola resigned this morning over the controversy created by comments he made regarding the safety of the Dickson Street area.

Layoffs at Superior
Another 107 employees were laid off (NWA Times) at the local wheel manufacturing plant last week. Very sad news, indeed.

Fayetteville recycling program among the best
The Morning News’ Skip Descant takes a look at our city’s shining recycling rate. Apparently, it’s one of the best in this part of the country.

WAC’s new leader speaks up
New Walton Arts Center President Peter B. Lane wrote a letter to the editor of the NWA Times on Sunday saying “…there’s more to coming to Walton Arts Center than just seeing a show.”

“Race for the Coach” fundraiser
50 or so locals took part (NWA Times) in a walk/run this weekend Saturday to help with suspended Coach, Greg Matthews’ legal fees during his appeal.

NWA Times says using social media is “rude”
Fran Alexander correctly identifies Twitter as a “service for computer/phone users” but we suspect she has never actually used any social media tools. We also suspect she didn’t dig too deep into Alderman Matthew Petty’s intentions seeing as she thinks it’s about asking members of City Council to use Twitter during council meetings, which it’s not. Of course, the city has already started successfully implementing Mr. Petty’s ideas to engage citizens in local government. You’d have to actually care about this issue to know that, though. Read the full column in today’s NWA Times.