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Jan Cottingham

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Jan Cottingham is from western Arkansas and is a graduate of Hendrix College in Conway. She's always wanted to be a journalist and pretty much always has been, with one detour into the nonprofit world: editing Heifer International's magazine and serving as communications liaison for Nobel Peace Prize-winner Wangari Maathai of Kenya.

Cottingham began her career at the Arkansas Democrat and was the last city editor of the Arkansas Gazette. She was also metro editor at the Dallas Morning News. Her Influences? Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Penn Warren.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

Crystal Bridges Announces First Recipient of $200K Don Tyson Prize

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is giving the first Don Tyson Prize, a $200,000 award, to the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art. read more >

Restaurant Vets Jim Keet, Louis Petit to Open Petit & Keet Bar & Grill

Little Rock restaurateur Jim Keet is joining forces with restaurant industry veteran Louis Petit to open Petit & Keet Bar & Grill in the former 1620 Savoy at 1620 Market St. in west Little Rock. Keet expects renovations to take a couple of months and hopes to be open for business by mid-November. read more >

Conway's Lewis Crossing Nears Completion

One of the big puzzle pieces in Conway's retail development picture is almost complete: Lewis Crossing, the 441,871-SF, $65 million shopping center at the southeast corner of Interstate 40 and Dave Ward Drive. read more >

New Stoby's Inching Along in Conway

A rebuilt Stoby's is still at least seven months away, owner David Stobaugh said last week. “We're looking at early spring” before the landmark Conway restaurant can be up and running again. read more >

New Options for Watermill Express

Watermill Express is seeking franchisees in the Little Rock area to open its water-selling kiosks. read more >

Lenny's Subs Seeks Growth in Arkansas

Lenny's Subs, which is rebranding as Lenny's Grill & Subs, wants to expand in Arkansas, with the goal of opening 20 to 30 in the state in the next five years. That's according to Bob Ritter, vice president of franchise and market development for the chain, based in Memphis. read more >

Tacos 4 Life to Open Restaurant in Little Rock

Tacos 4 Life plans to open its first location in Little Rock early next year at Shackleford Crossing Shopping Center. read more >

Port of Little Rock Seeks Room To Grow

The No. 1 goal for Bryan Day, executive director of the Port of Little Rock, is to buy 1,500-2,000 acres with $10 million the port gets from a 1 percent sales tax approved in 2011. read more >

Business Icons: Alice Walton Transforms Landscape, Reputation of Northwest Arkansas

Like her father, Alice Walton has a vision for Arkansas and faith in Arkansans. She is an icon because she has made her vision a reality that is shaping Arkansas just as Wal-Mart shaped the state and, later, the world. read more >

Movie Tavern Soon To Offer Dinner and A Movie — In One Place

With the tag “Great Food, the Latest Movies, and a Full Bar,” Movie Tavern, founded in 2001 in Dallas, now has 24 locations in 10 states, and soon it will open its first Arkansas location, at Little Rock's Gateway Town Center. read more >