New library director and no flavored cigs

Shortcuts are hand-picked bits of news, commentary and info from around Northwest Arkansas, the rest of the state and even from places much further away.

Here are today’s Shortcuts:


Statement on Millage Election
Superintendent Vicki Thomas issued a statement after the millage was defeated last week. “While we are disappointed in the outcome, we are encouraged by the tremendous voter turnout,” says Thomas.

Fayetteville Public Library has new director
Louise Schaper’s replacement has been selected and the new director came from within. The Morning News’ Skip Descant reports that current Director of Operations Shawna Thorup has been announced to take over as director on Oct. 31.

15 minutes with Jan Gosnell
Local painter Jan Gosnell talks to Megan Chapman outside of The Vault Gallery in front of his current solo exhibition, Back from Krypton inside Fayetteville Underground.


Pumpkin shortage
Ozarks Unbound points to a press release about a Halloween pumpkin shortage due to the recent weather we’ve been having.

Whole Hog Cafe founder dies
Arkansas Times’ David Koon notes that the respected Little Rock co-founder of Whole Hog Cafe and Catering Co., Ron Blasingame died Monday night due to complications with a liver disorder he was battling.


Microsoft’s Courier
While the world awaits the infamous Apple tablet thingamajig, there seems to be another tablet-esque device nearing the surface. Gizmodo has the first details on the Microsoft Courier.

No chocolate cigs
The FDA says it will ban flavored cigarettes calling the addition of chocolate, vanilla, clove, and other tastes “a gateway for many children and young adults.” New York Times has the full story.