54: Meet Mitch Bettis

Media man Mitch Bettis may be known for leading one of the largest media groups in the state, but I first knew him as my fuzzy-headed, banjo-playing first cousin.

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1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood: Mitch Bettis, general manager of the Arkansas Business Publishing Group. We have lived in Little Rock for two years, and I was born and raised in Arkadelphia. We live in southwest Little Rock.

2. Where do you turn for local news, events, etc.? I’m a news junkie so my Twitter feed and browser bookmarks are littered with news sites. However, the main sources I use are Arkansas Business (shameless plug) and Little Rock Family (because each month it's full of things to do in the area with our kids). Beyond those two, each morning I check the New York Times, USA Today, Quartz and Associated Press apps. I keep up with ArkansasTimes.com and ArkansasOnline.com. I get my NFL buzz at ProFootballTalk.com. I spend regular time with various magazines such as Entrepreneur, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Vanity Fair, GQ and a few others. 

3. Where do you make sure to take out-of-town guests when they visit? Well, that’s tricky. It depends who is visiting. The Flying Fish is a fun, casual and quirky place that pleases most visitors. However, if my Aunt Cleola is visiting we’d have to hit Brown's Country Restaurant

4. It's Saturday. Tell me what's on your agenda. With three young kids, we’re real party animals. We’re doing something with the kids on Saturday (swim team, yard work, craft projects), and Saturday night ends with a thriller — it’s one of the week's “bath nights” for the children. 

5. Having left Arkansas for several years after college, what has surprised you the most about living in LR? My family and I can get everything we need here. There’s plenty to do for the kids. Within 90 minutes, I can be Lake DeGray, Pinnacle Mountain or Petit Jean State Park. We can spend hours with the family at the River Market — climbing through the “tubes” at the park, getting ice cream at 4square, etc. We can attend the Children’s Theater at the Arkansas Arts Center and get our fill of Pinkalicious, The Engine That Thought It Could and more. We like our church, and there are some great home school organizations with which we participate. We’re not far from my family in Arkadelphia (yet, we’re not too close!). When my wife and I get to wrangle a “date night” and we’re no longer limited to places serving mac 'n’ cheese on a kids’ menu, there are plenty of great restaurants from which we can chose. I love the fact that Little Rock has something for every member of the family.