The first time Josh Hill tried to get on Jeopardy was in 1998. When he made it on the show 20 years later, it seemed like he'd never leave. The North Little Rock resident and network engineer stayed behind the buzzer for a seven-day streak that won him $163,721, along with a spot on the show's next Tournament of Champions. His celebratory tiger-claw gesture after each correct "What is ..." garnered attention from fans. Until his final episode aired Friday, the fact that Hill, 35, had achieved a bit more than his lifelong dream of just getting on the show was a tough secret to keep. "It was a mind-blowing experience," he said. "It was pretty tough downplaying everything." Hill's journey to Jeopardy started when he was growing up surrounded by shows that made fun of the smart kid -- like Steve Urkel on Family Matters. But on game shows, "it was cool to be smart," he said. That stuck, taking him to Quiz Bowl tournaments in high school and college. At 15, he tried out for the Jeopardy Teen … [Read more...] about North Little Rock’s 7-time ‘Jeopardy’ winner: Who is Josh Hill?
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A 23-year-old woman was hospitalized after being cut several times in an attack Friday in Little Rock, according to a police report. The victim told police that the male assailant cut her about 11 p.m. while she was in her Toyota Corolla in the 9100 block of North Rodney Parham Road. The North Little Rock resident was taken to CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock, where she was treated for a "severe laceration" on her upper body and several superficial ones on her legs, the report states. Medical staff told police she was suffering from serious, but non-life threatening, injuries. The victim could not describe the weapon used, an officer noted. It was listed as a knife/cutting instrument. No suspect was listed, and no arrests had been made at the time of the report. … [Read more...] about North Little Rock woman sustains ‘severe laceration’ in attack, police say
A small, long-neglected cemetery dating to 1880 in North Little Rock's Levy area is about to undergo a preservation effort by the city, according to a proposal headed to the North Little Rock City Council today. A resolution proposes to authorize eminent domain proceedings on Thomas Cemetery, a 2-acre property hidden away off Division Street next to the 60-acre Edgewood Cemetery. The action would allow the city to "provide ground maintenance and upkeep" of the property. "We're simply trying to establish ownership and, if not, we will do eminent domain simply because we can then protect it," city spokesman Nathan Hamilton said. "This is all in an effort to protect it." North Little Rock History Commission efforts to locate a title holder to the cemetery have been unsuccessful, so it is considered private property, limiting the amount of true restoration work that can be done there, History Commission Executive Director Sandra Taylor-Smith said. The city's eminent domain action will … [Read more...] about In North Little Rock, takeover of 1880s burial site on table
MISS KRIS? With the 16th season of American Idol concluding last week, we decided to check in with the only Idol from Arkansas, Season Eight winner Kris Allen. Especially because he's back in the Idolsphere yet again. The American Idol Live! 2018 Tour recently announced its summer schedule that will feature the top seven finalists and "special guest" Allen, who won in 2009. "It's happening," confirms the Jacksonville native who now lives in Nashville, Tenn. And it's the only time an Idol alum has been part of the tour, he says, adding with a laugh, "It's just me. Maybe I was option nine, and I'm the only person who said yes." Allen, 32, says it will be "interesting" spending July through September touring with the finalists whose ages range from 18 to 21: "First of all, I've been in their shoes, obviously, and I've also been on the road a bunch. ... I kind of am hoping to impart some wisdom, but I also am probably going to learn a lot from them myself." Unfortunately, the tour is not … [Read more...] about PAPER TRAILS: Arkansan Kris Allen joins ‘Idol’ tour; North Little Rock man’s ‘Jeopardy!’ streak
A North Little Rock man's seven-day Jeopardy! winning streak has come to an end. In an episode that aired Friday, Josh Hill's knowledge of Gilgamesh, the Balkans and country music was not enough to keep up with the other two contestants. The Verizon Wireless network engineer went into Final Jeopardy with $9,400 while his opponents' totals each topped $17,000. Hill then failed to recall the name of an actor who was nominated twice for playing Oscar winners — a real one in a 1992 biopic and a fictional one in a 2008 combat comedy. His incorrect answer of Anthony Hopkins brought him down to $999, while competitor Virginia Cummings, a geriatrician from Massachusetts, correctly named Robert Downey Jr. with a wager that won her more than $35,000. Still, the Arkansan's total winnings of more than $160,000 put him in the running to compete in the show's next Tournament of Champions. On the show, Hill told host Alex Trebek that he hoped to use the prize money for trips to Hawaii and … [Read more...] about Arkansan’s ‘Jeopardy!’ streak ends; North Little Rock man in running for Tournament of Champions