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[18 May 2013 | No Comment | 6,289 views]
New Beginnings Pregnancy Resource Center to host open house

New Beginnings Pregnancy Resource Center has scheduled an open house for Monday, May 20 from 10 .m. to 6 p.m. at 120 S. Conrad Street in Benton.
Feel free to tour the facility and stop in for desserts, coffee and punch. What is New Beginnings? A nonprofit, faith based center offering an array of services that are free of charge — a diaper bag ministry, free pregnancy test, lactation group, weekly Bible studies, individual Bible studies and parenting classes. The material assistance available includes diapers, baby wipes, baby food, formula, baby …

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[17 May 2013 | 2 Comments | 3,714 views]
NWA StartUp Cup 2013 to launch soon

The Northwest Arkansas StartUp Cup is launching its 2013 competition, organizers announced recently. There will be several changes to the second year of the competition as organizers fine-tune the process.
StartUp Cup started in Tulsa, Okla. In 2007 and in the last two years has licensed other regions across the globe to offer their own StartUp Cup. Northwest Arkansas received the first license and is now part of a global network of StartUp Cup business model competitions.
Tonya Nkokheli, president of Innovative Markets, which holds the NWA StartUp Cup license, is the …

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[28 Apr 2013 | One Comment | 2,812 views]
Captivating Heart retreat returns for second year

A weekend retreat designed to help women better understand their identity and self-concept is coming to the region for the second time this October. The focus this year is on “who we believe God to be.”

Captivating Heart (http://captivatingheart.com/) is in its second year and will be Oct. 11-13 at New Life Ranch in Colcord, Okla. (about 10 minutes west of Siloam Springs, Ark.). Sponsored by Strings Attached Ministries, the retreat is based on the book Captivated by John and Stasi Eldredge.
Cari Kaufman of Strings Attached Ministries and Brenda McClure, …

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[20 Apr 2013 | 2 Comments | 3,961 views]
RazorFest photo gallery

RazorFest took place in Fayetteville on Saturday (April 20) and there was plenty to see and do. You’ll find the full writeup on the free, family-friendly event here. Meanwhile, please check out the following photos from the event.

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[20 Apr 2013 | 3 Comments | 9,169 views]
Thousands Flock to RazorFest in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, AR — The sun was shining, the booths were set up, and Lindsay Ferguson of Fayetteville thought Saturday was a fine day to take son Mason, 4, to RazorFest.The fun, free family event was sponsored by Abbott Nutrition, maker of EAS energy bars, and nonprofit Champions for Kids, an organization with a goal of alleviating child hunger.
“We came out just to get in the spirit of things, and see how the Razorbacks are going to do this year,” Lindsay Ferguson said, as she carried Mason up the hill near …

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[10 Apr 2012 | No Comment | 2,511 views]
OVGE 2012 set for June 16 in Tulsa

The Oklahoma Video Game Exhibition (OVGE) debuted in Tulsa in 2003 and it’s set coming again to that city on June 16.
The event, as always, will center on vintage video games, classic computers, standup arcade consoles from the golden age of arcades and even a pinball machine or two. Jesse Hardesty started the OVGE after noticing there were plenty of classic game expos on the East and West coasts and in Las Vegas, but few such gatherings in the southwest. Rather than waiting for someone to start an event dedicated …

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[1 Mar 2012 | 2 Comments | 4,837 views]
Leadership at JBU: Phil Vischer

For one day last week, I had the opportunity to be a college student again.  On Tuesday, I went to the campus of John Brown University (JBU) in Siloam Springs to attend chapel.  Why?  Well, last week was leadership week at JBU, and they invited Phil Vischer, the creator of Veggie Tales and Big Idea Productions, to come and speak to the students.  If you know me well, you know I’m a big fan of Veggie Tales – have been from the beginning when a tomato named Bob and a …

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[23 Jan 2012 | 2 Comments | 3,431 views]
Hogs on Ice?

Yep!  The U of A has a hockey team.  It’s a club sport, but these guys are good!  They’re so good, in fact, that when I went to their game against Tulane Friday night, I found out that the Tulane team decided it was better to forfeit the game than play these guys.  I later heard that Tulane was planning to show up for Saturday night’s game or else they could get kicked out of the league.  Instead of disappointing their fans who showed up to see a hockey game, …

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[23 Oct 2011 | One Comment | 5,821 views]
Spook City set for Oct. 29 in downtown Benton

Benton will, once again, play host to the annual Spook City event on Saturday, Oct. 29.
What is Spook City? Simply put, it’s a chance for kids to put on costumes, play games, run wild and get free candy. It’s billed as a family-friendly event that thrives on the “lighter side” of Halloween and relies on the participation of area merchants. That’s right — all that free candy is largely provided by businesses in the city that set up booths and pass out treats for about three hours. Event organizers told …

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[23 Oct 2011 | No Comment | 3,720 views]
Toastmasters conference good for business leaders, students

Business leaders, students, and current and potential members of Toastmasters International could all benefit from the upcoming Natural State of Speech, the fall conference for District 43 of Toastmasters International.
The conference, Oct. 28-29 at the Holiday Inn Hotel Springdale in Springdale, is geared towards Toastmaster members but the public is welcome to participate. You do not have to sign up for the entire conference to participate.
“Along with the speech contests, the district conference offers many educational sessions that allow you to develop your communication and leadership skills,” said Isaac Gaona, …