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Week in review (Feb. 7-13)

By: 14 February 2011 No Comment

What a strange week it was here in Arkansas. Some parts of the state got over two feet of snow on Wednesday and Thursday and the temperatures here in central Arkansas on Sunday were in the 60-degree range.

Ah, but that’s the thing about the Natural State, isn’t it? If you don’t like the weather, give it a few minutes and it will change.

At any rate, we did manage to get some articles written here at First Arkansas News in spite of all the oddness going on with the weather, businesses being closed throughout the state, etc. Let’s have a look at what stories we posted last week, shall we?

* A look at baseball both then and now — Arkansas Author Howard A. Nobles wrote a book, Poems from a Baseball Fan. Thinking about a pleasant, pastoral spring sport is a great distraction when the weather is frigid and rotten, huh? Click the link, read the article and get ready for spring, folks.

* Arkansas Author — Neile Jones-Batie. You know her as a television news anchor, but she’s also written a book. Curious? Of course you are. Click the link and have a look.

* More weather stories than you can shake a stick at. We started off wondering if the forecasts were accurate, found out they were indeed accurate and then learned that northwest Arkansas was all but closed due to the horrible weather. Oh, and pictures! We’ve got pictures!

* Something new — OTR serials. We’ve got a weekly feature on old time radio shows around here, and we upped the ante last week — OTR serials. Follow the exploits of Superman, weep along with One Man’s Family, check out what that plucky Little Orphan Annie is up to, head on down to Pine Ridge with Lum and Abner and hear Flash Gordon save the universe. Great stuff, and we’ll be adding both programs and an additional serial series here and there as we go. Do we take requests? You’d better believe it.

* Weekend OTR: Meet the Meeks — Fixing Burglar Trap. And speaking of weekly old time radio programs…

* More U.S. Census Data released. Plenty of facts and figures about Arkansas.

* Ram 1500 — 7,000 miles later. The threat of financial ruin inspires the folks at Dodge.

* A commendable way to handle foreclosures. Banks start fixing up foreclosed homes before dumping them on the market. Good idea.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
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