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[16 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 1,109 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 | 1,624 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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[15 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 5,233 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 | No Comment | 5,096 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 | 27 Comments | 6,219 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 | 7,331 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 …

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[19 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 3,650 views]
Zapped VBS starts next week

First Baptist Church of Benton (FBC) is trying something new this year — moving vacation Bible school from the church to the Boys & Girls Club in Benton in an attempt to include more children in the community in the Sunday-Thursday event.
Pastor Rick Grant, in a sermon a couple of months ago, said Zapped is a new endeavor for First Baptist Church. He said vacation Bible school is traditionally held on the FBC campus, but church officials wanted to reach out to more children in the community who would like …

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[15 Jun 2013 | 12 Comments | 4,105 views]
White County Master Gardeners Touch Spring Park

The White County Master Gardeners work is on full display at Spring Park in Searcy. Their handiwork is stunning.  The small park features a walking path lined with a variety of gorgeous plants with two different colored flowers and other color variations.  Even honey bees and butterflies enjoy themselves. Here are a few examples:

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[12 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 1,608 views]
Rascals ruin crepe myrtles in Benton

The Benton Police Department announced that someone — or a group of fiendish someones — destroyed nine of the new crepe myrtle trees that were added as part of the city’s revitalization project on South Street. The trees have a replacement value of $750.
Benton Police want to bring the vandals to justice and are encouraging anyone with information about the crime to come forward and rat out the ne’er-do-well(s). Want to avenge the defenseless trees? Call the Benton Police at (501)778-1171 or (501)315-TIPS.
Individuals can also send anonymous tips about the …

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[8 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 1,498 views]
The trials and errors of mowing the lawn in Arkansas

There is no doubt that some of the most beautiful lawns are grown right here in Arkansas. Those gorgeous lawns take a bit of work, especially with such a long growing season keeping the lush green for a good portion of the year. What does it take to get the best lawn possible? For starters, it takes a few hard-earned lessons.
There’s a right way – and a not so right way – of doing things.
Though there was a few weeks’ delay in this year’s growing season, I had already mowed …