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The week in review

By: 26 December 2010 One Comment

So, did everyone have a good Christmas? Was Santa good to everyone?

We at First Arkansas News sure hope so and well understand that the festivities of the season may have kept some people from checking in here and picking up the latest news. In case you missed anything, we’ve provided this handy review of the stories we’ve had for the past week. Yay!

Before getting into that, however, it’s time to plug the easy ways to keep up with this little site. We’ve got email updates, an RSS feed and new articles are always posted to our Facebook and Twitter accounts. So, pick your favorite service (I personally love the daily email updates, but that’s just me), click the appropriate link and make sure you never miss anything that goes on around here.

So, here are the stories that were posted this week:

* Plenty of Christmas-themed OTR episodes. Click here to catch up on the ones you may have missed.

* A lot of Christmas recipes, too. Click the link to see the newest ones.

* Taking a hard look at residential mortgage servicing. Mortgage servicing is very important. But, why is that? Read the article and find out, pilgrim.

* Christmas Comes to PacLand. Yeah, it’s cheesy, but it’s also one of my favorite Christmas specials. You can watch the whole thing here and relive those 1980s for a bit. Who could resist that?

* Holiday travel. The AAA predicted travel for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays would be on the rise this year. That’s a safe prediction, as it turns out, as more travelers have hit the roads for holidays all year long.

* Arkansas Author: Peter Ungar. A series continues…

* Keep those old electronics out of the landfill and get paid. A new company has a novel idea — send it your outdated electronics, you’ll get some cash and everyone’s happy. Yes, that company will even cover shipping so the whole transaction won’t cost you a dime.

* Arkansas population increase not enough for an additional congressional seat. Well, it looks like we’ve still got four representatives in Congress. Click the link to see some other revelations from the latest Census results.

* Central Arkansas real estate market down in November. It’s official — November was a rotten month for homes sales across the state. That should come as a surprise to no one who has been paying attention.

* Merry X-Mas. A Methodist minister in Pine Bluff tells us the history of abbreviating Christmas as “X-Mas” or “Xmas” and why he isn’t offended by the practice. It’s like a history/religious lecture that’s both informative and entertaining. Honestly, this is one of the better articles that went up on the site in the past week so don’t you dare miss it.

* Benton says ‘so long’ to Mayor Holland. Rick Holland was voted out of the Mayor’s office after spending two terms there, and a reception was held in his honor.

* New Dillard’s fulfillment center to create over 300 jobs. An early Christmas present for the city of Maumelle.

* 3 apps to make the iPhone more productive, one to make it more fun. The response to this article was overwhelming. Expect more reviews of iPhone apps in the future.

* Super NES — a 16-bit classic. Yes, it’s part of the continuing coverage of  classic video game systems.

* What’s going on with mortgage rates these days? That’s a question a lot of people would like to answer, but how easy is it to predict whether interest rates will go up, go down or stay where they are? Click the link and see an attempt to answer that question.

* Microsoft Kinect — first impressions. Here’s an unusual product from Microsoft — one that actually works pretty well. Read all about it as part of your search to find out if the Kinect is for you.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email =

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