Political dramas in the tiny Lincoln County town of Gould have always been front page news in Arkansas but the latest one is so unbelievable that the New York Times did a story on it this week.

The Gould City Council recently adopted an ordinance making it illegal to form any group without its approval. It also adopted separate measures making it illegal for the mayor to meet with any organization in or outside of the Gould city limits without the council’s approval and requiring an organization to cease to exist.

Arkansas Municipal League attorney Mark Hayes told the New York Times he’d never seen an ordinance like the one Gould adopted.