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Week in Review — March 28-April 3

By: 3 April 2011 2 Comments

Yes, it was another week full of excitement here at First Arkansas News.

We’ve written about everything from the president of the National Lum and Abner Society to a drug-selling mailman in the past few days, so it’s time for a review.

Prior to getting into that, let’s go over a couple of other things. First of all, we should have a big announcement to make on Monday Tuesday that could shake up the way we do things around here (and improve them). Make sure to stop in for that.

Second, we sure wouldn’t want anyone who enjoys the stories we cover to miss anything. That’s why we routinely do these “week in review” articles and have put in place a few ways to make following First Arkansas News easy. Click here to subscribe to our RSS feed, here to find us on Facebook, here to follow us on Twitter and here to get daily email updates. Of course, all those services are free and we invite you cats to use them.

Having said all of that, let’s review:

* Down payment assistance classes scheduled by CCOA. Thinking about buying a house? You might want to read this article and see if the classes mentioned therein can help.

* Burger Shack — downtown Benton needs more places like this. This is one of the best lunch destinations in scenic Benton. Well worth a visit.

* Sullivan’s Diner — down home cooking and great … fried rice?!? Here’s another great, independent restaurant in Benton. Some of its offerings will surprise you.

* Dixie Cafe — not bad for one of those corporate chain restaurants. This place is headquartered in Little Rock but offers some great meals at decent prices. If you live in Arkansas, there’s probably a Dixie Cafe near you.

* Donnie Pitchford guest on ‘The Saturday Night Show.’ The interview is over and done with, but there’s still some information of interest in the article. Who is Pitchford? None other than the president of the National Lum and Abner Society.

* Mattingly puts together economic advisory panel. Benton needs jobs and its mayor is exploring ways to provide them.

* Saline County Population up 28.24 percent. We’ve got over 107,000 people in this county, according to the 2010 Census. Hot dog!

* February central Arkansas housing market report. Well, it wasn’t terribly exciting, but we at First Arkansas News were the first kids on the block to have an extensive housing market report for central Arkansas. We were first on the scene with the northwest Arkansas housing market report, too (that report was a bit more substantial and surprising than the one for central Arkansas). Yes, we do break stories around here from time to time.

* ‘Heroic’ Rogers mailman arrested on drug charges. James Dupont went from being decorated as a hero to being busted on some drug charges and getting slapped in the Benton County Jail on April Fools’ day. Ah, the irony. Oh, and this is a story that we broke — had it hours before anyone else, in fact.

* April Fools’ Day Wackiness. Just some fun April Fools’ Day stuff we spotted around the Internet.

* Weekend OTR — April Fools on Life with Luigi. The holiday was another reason for us to post an old time radio episode.

* Mortgage Bankers call for system build on private capital, limited government role. What will mortgage reform look like?

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  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Thanks so much to First Arkansas News for covering the activities of the National Lum and Abner Society! Everyone should be aware of the big Lum and Abner Weekend coming up in Mena! It’s the first weekend in June!

    Arkansas and the US can be very proud of the work of Chet Lauck and “Tuffy” Goff. “Lum and Abner” was – and IS – good, solid entertainment suitable for all ages.

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