Week in Review (March 15-20)
After recovering from having daylight savings time cruelly sprung on us once again, we at First Arkansas News got busy with a big ole batch of stories.
Yes, we had everything from some politics to real estate to St. Patrick’s Day and the start of spring over the past week. Fun, fun.
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* Asa Hutchinson advocating volunteering for the elderly. Hutchinson’s got an impressive resume, indeed, and one of the things of which he is most proud is the time he’s spent doing pro bono legal work for the elderly. He’s out to let the elderly know there’s help when they need it and to convince other Arkansas attorneys to volunteer their time, too. Go get ’em, Asa!
* A Great Season for UALR. The Arkansas Razorbacks may have a bit of turmoil going on, what with the departure of basketball coach John Pelphrey and all, but the UALR Trojans appear to be on the right track. Check it.
* St. Patrick’s Day. The drink’ of the green beer and plenty of old time radio. What could be better than that? We celebrated the holiday with a couple of top-notch episodes — Burns and Allen and Have Gun Will Travel. The holiday might be over, but the great entertainment is ready for your listening pleasure. Outstanding!
* And speaking of old time radio… We added the Buck Rogers series to our OTR Serials page and posted an episode of Father Knows Best in our regular Weekend OTR series in hopes of helping people relieve some stress caused by tax day. Don’t miss any bit of that.
* HARP extended to 2012. Current on your mortgage but worried about falling behind on your payments? Here’s a federal program that might help.
* Brandon’s Rock Town Distillery gets national attention. The Little Rock company’s not even a year old and has already produced an award-winning vodka and a highly reviewed grain alcohol. Keep up the good work, folks.
* BPO legislation passes Legislature. Real estate agents have expanded authority to write broker price opinions in Arkansas and appraisers aren’t happy. Find out why…
* Homes sales up again in northwest Arkansas. The “official” numbers will be out in a week or two, but we’ve got a pretty good handle on what went on in the northwest Arkansas real estate market. The central Arkansas numbers will be posted soon.
* So much for a home buyer credit in Arkansas. The General Assembly took up a measure that would have given up to $2,500 to about 2,800 first-time home buyers. It didn’t pass.
* Arkansas Authors: Sharon McCauley, Melody Jones, Brandon Morris. An established series continues…
* Purchase mortgage applications hit yearly high. More good real estate news.
* Spring and Wye Mountain. The Parkview United Methodist Church youth spent the first day of spring wandering around a field full of daffodils. Fun photos from a perfect spring day.
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.