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[15 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 3,313 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 | 3,590 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 | No Comment | 4,626 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 | No Comment | 6,374 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 | 3,305 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 | 2 Comments | 3,547 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:

Community, Crime, Features and such, News »

[12 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 1,439 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 | 1,345 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 …

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[30 May 2013 | No Comment | 2,203 views]
Benton Matters schedules Edison Avenue cleanup for June 8

Benton Matters, which is part of the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Go Benton initiative, will clean up trash and yard debris on Edison Avenue on June 8 from 8-11 a.m.
Benton Matters was formed this year for the purpose of identifying parts of town that need to be cleaned up and organize volunteers to spend a few hours picking up trash and making other improvements to those areas. The last cleanup project was on South Street and you can click here to read more about that effort.
Interested in helping on …

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[24 May 2013 | One Comment | 3,882 views]
Goodwill opens new store in Rogers

Members of the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce, Rogers Fire Chief Tom Jenkins, and Goodwill Industries of Arkansas President and CEO Brian Itzkowitz and staff celebrated the grand opening of a new 30,000 square foot facility at 4301 South Dixieland Road in Rogers, Arkansas, on Wednesday.
The building boasts a state of the art career center with computer labs and classrooms, as well as a retail store and convenient Donation Drive-Thru.
“We couldn’t be happier to welcome such an important organization to our community, and we applaud the great work Goodwill Industries of …