250: The Blog

250: The Blog

250 is the Suite Number of the Governor’s Office at the Arkansas State Capitol. It also is the name of this blog, which will go beyond the press conferences and bill signings to offer a glimpse of the day-to-day life of Governor Asa Hutchinson.

Texarkana Working to Keep Students Safe

Texarkana Working to Keep Students Safe

Press Shop | 08.10.2018

TEXARKANA – Everything turned out okay, but Texarkana Schools Superintendent Becky Kesler learned firsthand the importance of putting in place a school safety plan. In the spring, a student at Texarkana High School reported to the principal an Instagram post in which a fellow student had threatened to shoot up the school. “We immediately locked down the campus,” Mrs. Kesler said. “The principal called the security director and police, and immediately located the student. “We had everything taken care of in a matter of 15 minutes.” School security in the United States took on a renewed...

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The Arkansas School Safety Commission

The Arkansas School Safety Commission

Press Shop | 08.03.2018

In the days after the shooting at the high school in Parkland, Florida, Governor Asa Hutchinson created the Arkansas School Safety Commission. He appointed Dr. Cheryl May, director of Arkansas’ Criminal Justice Institute, and ex-FBI Special Agent Bill Temple, to lead it. The governor was two weeks ahead of President Donald Trump, who established the national School Safety Commission and named Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to lead it. The members of the Arkansas commission have visited schools around the state, inspected buildings, and interviewed educators and parents. The committee submitted its preliminary report the...

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‘Anything she wants to do’

‘Anything she wants to do’

Press Shop | 07.13.2018

Barbara Wilson had chosen an aisle seat at the Ozarka College graduation ceremony, which put her directly in  Governor Asa Hutchinson’s path. The governor, who was there to deliver the commencement speech, was shaking hands on his way into the John E. Miller Auditorium, and he stopped to visit with Mrs. Wilson. “Who are you here for?” the governor asked. “My granddaughter,” replied Mrs. Wilson. Her granddaughter’s name is Lexxy Scott, Mrs. Wilson told the governor, and Lexxy was the only woman graduating from the school’s aviation program...

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Rattlesnake Ridge

Rattlesnake Ridge

Press Shop | 07.12.2018

The governor hiked right past it, and everyone else who was hiking Rattlesnake Ridge with him missed it, too, until the hawk-eyed botanist from Rogers who was bringing up the rear laid eyes on it.  The six-inch wildflower stood four feet, at least, north of the trail, snuggled against the spindly trunk of a four-foot oak under the cover of a sapling sweet gum. When Ellen Turner spotted the flower, you’d have thought she had discovered gold, and in the world of plant lovers, she had. A couple of the hikers rushed to the celebrity flower with...

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