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[21 Nov 2014 | 4 Comments | 1,100 views]
Benton ‘mercy rules’ Parkview, gears up for El Dorado

The Benton Panthers got one step closer to the Class 6A high school football championship game on Friday night by beating Parkview 49-28.
Since Benton was undefeated this season and won the 6A South, the Panthers drew a bye during the first round of the playoffs last week. The team easily handled Parkview tonight, having pulled ahead by 35 points in the third quarter. When a team is ahead by 35 points in the second half, the sportsmanship rule (a.k.a. the mercy rule) kicks in meaning that the clock runs without …

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[17 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 1,325 views]
‘Star Wars Holiday Special’ – more proof that the 1970s were weird

The 1970s was an odd decade, indeed.
Sure, you had some cultural landmarks set during those 10 years — the first Star Wars film, Smoky and the Bandit and the incredible gain in popularity of the National Football League, to name a few.
But for every cultural landmark in the 1970s, it seems there were two or three things that make one wonder what the heck was wrong with people in the 1970s. Think of the total oddness of the Jimmy Carter presidency, KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park or disco, …

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[16 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 1,242 views]
Benton to face Parkview on Nov. 21

The Benton Panthers will square off against Parkview on Friday, Nov. 21 in the second round of the Class 6A playoff game.
Benton, which won the 6A South Conference with a 9-0-1 record, won a bye in the first round of the playoffs on Nov. 14. The Panthers’ goal, of course, is to advance to the state championship game to be played at War Memorial Stadium on Dec. 5.
To get to that game, however, the Panthers will have to take care of Parkview at home on Friday and then defeat another …

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[6 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 1,771 views]
Benton Panthers win 6A South conference championship

The Benton Panthers tonight defeated the Pine Bluff Zebras 39-36 to win the 6A South and post an unbeaten season with a record of 9-0-1.
According to the folks at Saline247.com, this is the first undefeated season in the team’s history. The tie game came at the first of the season against the Bryant Hornets at the Salt Bowl at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
At any rate, tonight’s game took place at Pine Bluff and was decided in the final seconds by a field goal. Pine Bluff was undefeated in …

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[9 Oct 2014 | One Comment | 2,742 views]
State Supreme Court upholds $150k judgment against Arkansas Realtors Association

On September 25, the Arkansas Supreme Court upheld a May 2012 judgment from the Washington County Circuit court ordering the Arkansas Realtors Association (ARA) to pay $150,000 for breaching a contract with Real Forms Arkansas.
The contract at issue was entered into in 2010 by Springdale-based Real Forms and the ARA. Real Forms was under a five-year contract to provide real estate contracts software to the ARA which would be sold to Realtors throughout the Natural State. The contract would have generated at least $600,000 in revenue for Real Forms.
The contract …

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[30 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 3,831 views]
A new way to combat gambling addiction

Gambling Commission figures show that gambling industry in UK rakes huge profits and while some gambling forms are legal, the government is worried that gambling is now turning into a new addiction problem.
While there are several help available in combating gambling addiction, this time, a new way to combat this form of addiction has been presented by the University of Cambridge Engineering department and its spin-out corporate Futurespace. They’re using technology.
How is it done? Futurespace has developed a machine that uses behavioral data in analyzing if a person is showing …

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[15 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 5,279 views]
The Nobles Law Firm is now open

As of July 1, the Nobles Law Firm opened its doors in scenic downtown Benton and is now accepting clients. The firm’s sole lawyer is Ethan C. Nobles (me!), managing editor of First Arkansas News.
Those who know me are aware that I used to practice law at a firm called Nobles, Poore & Jones (later called just Nobles & Poore after Jones went off to Tunica to deal cards) for four years in Fayetteville. Those who know me really well are aware that I totally hated every minute of that …

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[22 May 2014 | No Comment | 5,656 views]
Retron 5 set for June 6 release

Back on May 25, 2013, First Arkansas News published an article about the Hyperkin Retron 5. Go ahead and click the aforementioned link for more details, but here’s a summary — the Retron 5 is designed to play games for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, the Japanese and European versions of those consoles and some Nintendo Game Boy games.
Oh, and the console is designed to upscale all of those games to 720p so they will look great on HDTV sets. Anyone who has hooked up a classic …

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[14 May 2014 | No Comment | 4,112 views]
EaseUS — file recovery software that works

Back in the old DOS days, file recovery was sorely needed but the applications that allowed for it were more than a bit primitive. We’re talking about the late 1980s and early 1990s when a 40-megabyte hard drive was considered massive. It was common to get rid of files regularly in order to make room for more space on limited drives.
I had purchased a file recovery package because I’m the type who tends to delete a bunch of files and discover later that I had gotten rid of some that …

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[3 May 2014 | 28 Comments | 6,686 views]
Alcohol sales in Saline County?

If you’ve been out grocery shopping, filling up your car at a gas station or have been in public in Saline County at all lately, the chances are good you’ve been approached by a petitioner asking for your signature so that the issue of whether package sales of alcohol should be allowed in our neck of the woods will be included on the November ballot.
The same effort is going on in Craighead County and both petition drives are spearheaded by a group out of Little Rock called Our Community, Our …