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Week in review (March 8-15)

By: 14 March 2011 One Comment

As usual, we had an intriguing story or two this week here at First Arkansas News.

Indeed, the Razorbacks lost a basketball coach, Dickson Street lost a store owner who has been a fixture in downtown Fayetteville and the Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival got underway yet again.

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Now here are the stories that we’ve posted over the past week:

* Find those broken links with ease. Got an Internet site? Want to make sure your links on it work? Click the aforementioned link and read about a very effective — and free — utility that allows you to do just that.

* Politics a go-go. The Arkansas Legislature is in session, lobbyists are greasing palms and new laws are being considered daily. We can’t keep up with all of it, but a few bills have caught our attention — one that would allow real estate agents to issue broker price opinions and another that would provide a credit to first-time home buyers were covered last week. More to come…

* Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival kicks off. Yes, spring is just around the corner and this annual even has all of us in central Arkansas looking forward to warmer days, the lush greenery of our beautiful South and all that other stuff that comes when we’re rid of winter. The festival started last weekend and continues on Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss out on it.

* Weekend OTR — St. Patrick’s Day Diamond. St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend and we’re not about to miss out on the festivities.

* Dickson Street Friend memorialized. Bruce Walker, owner of Flying Possum Leather on Dickson Street in Fayetteville, died in a fire in his store a couple of weeks ago. He’ll be missed.

* Arkansas Author: Jenny B. Jones. A great series continues…

* John Pelphrey fired. Yes, it was a major week for Arkansas Razorbacks basketball. ESPN announced Pelphrey had been canned, the University of Arkansas confirmed it and then people started talking almost immediately about Tubby Smith coming in as a replacement. My goodness. What’s next? Stay tuned.

* “It’s the economy, stupid.” Here’s a shocker — people who don’t have jobs, typically don’t buy houses. Rocket science!

* Practicing Your Path coming to Rogers. Calling all Christians…

* Does Mitch Mustain still have a shot at the NFL? Perhaps…

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
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One Comment »

  • Susan said:

    Many of those wanting to fire Pel and hire Anderson were the same ones who were agniast Mike being named coach when Nolan left. How would they have reacted to Mike being the coach this year? Would they want to fire him for being 1 win and 7 losses in road games? Would they want to fire him for losing to Colorado and Nebraska, two of the worst teams in the Big 12? Would they want to fire him for going to the elite eight in his third year and then not doing as well the next? Who is going to pay the 3.5 MILLION $ to pay Mike’s part for leaving Mo. and to buy out Pel’s contract with Ark? Pel has a recruiting class coming that can put rear-ends in the seats in Walton Arena. If a change is made and we lose some of that class, and chances are high that will happen, will the same ones wanting change now, want to blame the new coach. Maybe Mike did not want Young but lots of other good coaches did and it is a feather in Arkansas’ cap to land him. If Mike comes, he is and should demand a 7 to 10 year contract (who would not given the fan-base expecting miracles). Maybe he could hire Nolan to be his assistant? Given the financial strains on the sports budget, Arkansas would be crazy to fire Pel and not give him at least a year to coach his own players. The new class and Rotnei and others will fill the seats next year.

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