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[21 Nov 2014 | 3 Comments | 1,000 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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[16 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 1,166 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 | 1,686 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 | 2,637 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 | 3,792 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 | 5,247 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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[2 Jun 2014 | One Comment | 5,802 views]

Women of Northwest Arkansas and beyond are invited for a weekend of rest, rescue and redemption at the third annual Captivating Heart Retreat.
Captivating Heart is Oct. 17-19 at New Life Ranch in Colcord, Okla. (about 10 minutes west of Siloam Springs, Ark.). Sponsored by Strings Attached Ministries, the retreat is inspired by the book Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge.
The retreat is designed for women (age 16+) of all backgrounds and faiths although the Christian Bible will be used as a reference point. Cari Kaufman of Strings Attached Ministries and …

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[2 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 5,111 views]

A new nonprofit organization in Northwest Arkansas focuses on how animals and nature facilitate healing in the human spirit.
The Solgave Project is based in Fayetteville and will feature four initiatives per year with the first being The Yellow Dog Project. The initiatives will be a vehicle to provide objective-based, action-oriented phases that demonstrates the overall Solgave mission.
The Yellow Dog Project is a global program that teaches about “dogs that need space.” The purpose is two-fold in that it teaches dog owners who own a dog that needs a little extra …

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[3 May 2014 | 28 Comments | 6,460 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 …

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[21 Jan 2014 | One Comment | 7,363 views]
MLK Day observed in Benton

As anyone with a calendar and/or a television set knows, Jan. 20 was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day throughout the nation. Former U.S. Pres. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law as a way to commemorate the civil rights leader, but the holiday wasn’t officially observed by all 50 states in the nation until 2000. It is, then a fairly new holiday in the U.S.
While King’s birthday was Jan. 15, the holiday falls on the the third Monday every January. MLK Day has taken some time to catch on …