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Week in Review (May 16-25)

By: 26 May 2013 No Comment

Week in ReviewWe haven’t posted a Week in Review here at First Arkansas News for some time, but it’s time we did. Why? There’s a lot going on during the week these days and we’d hate for anyone to miss something important. So, click the links below to find a story or two that you might have missed. Check back every Sunday for a summation of the prior week’s stories so you can stay informed (or, at least, get a handle on what exactly we’re doing around here).

* Creating Obstacles — Pastor Steve Ellison points out why it’s a terrible idea for Christians to run around judging each other over matters of opinion.

* Awesome Site of the Week: — It’s true — we dig The Cat around here. If you are a fan of old time radio, you will, too.

Martha "Pie Fan" Shoffner

Martha “Pie Fan” Shoffner

* Martha Shoffner, pies and federal extortion charges — we might not always get good representation from our elected officials, but we do get entertained by their antics from time to time and Shoffner provided lots o’ laughs this week. So, the state treasurer accepted bribes and pies from someone who wanted to manage some investment accounts for the state. If she goes to jail, would it be inappropriate to send her a pie with a file in it? By the way, we’re convinced the nickname “Pie Fan” will catch on for Shoffner.

* New Beginnings hosts open house — find out how a nonprofit, faith-based institution in Benton has been a real asset for Saline County and how you can help. New Beginnings’ sister institution, Breath of Life in Malvern, has done some good work in Hot Spring County, too.

* For now, the Xbox One looks … weird — let’s see here — you’ve got a camera and microphone that are always on, a console that must be connected to the Internet at least once a week to work, a potential for not being able to buy used games for the thing and an odd emphasis on features that have nothing to do with playing games. Yes, it’s a strange console that might be creepy, might be great and seems right in line with a lot of stuff Microsoft has released over the years.

Hyperkin RetroN 5* Will the RetroN 5 deliver what it promises? — While Microsoft is proud of its new console, there’s a little company called Hyperkin that will have a system coming out soon that retrogamers have wanted for years. It’ll render Sega Genesis, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), and Game Boy games in such a way that they will look great on high definition sets (or, that’s what Hyperkin claimes, at least). The system should come out around July, sell for around $100 or less, doesn’t need to connect to the Internet, doesn’t have the potential to spy on you and promises to be nothing more or less than a great retro console. If the emulation holds up, this console has the potential to be fantastic.

* Goodwill opens new store in Rogers — remember when Goodwill stores were cramped little places that looked more like bad flea markets than retail outlets? That’s changing and Rogers is home to a new, shiny Goodwill store.

* Weekend OTR: Hawk Larabee — it’s a western adventure that’s too much fun. If you haven’t listened to this one yet, get right on it.

* Wikipedia Brown: ‘Rue Britannica’ (Part 2 of 3) — you’ll laugh so hard you’ll break all your furniture. And, yes, that is an Ambush Bug reference.

* The Search Committee — Pastor Steve Ellison tells us that every member of every congregation should be part of the “God Search Committee.”

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About: Ethan C. Nobles:
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