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Who we are…

The never-say-die writers for First Arkansas News are:

Eleanor Evans — Eleanor Evans is a freelance writer, blogger and occasional chauffeur, dogsitter and multitasker. With more than a decade of newspaper experience under her belt, Eleanor had her fifteen minutes of fame when she unveiled the true identity of Centerton Mayor Ken Williams as a pastor named Don LaRose who went missing from the midwest and was declared legally dead in 1987. The story resulted in an Arkansas Press Association Award and an appearance on the short-lived Star Jones show. She currently balances freelance writing with being the mom of an adorable rescue mutt puppy named Sebastian. Send her an email to evansec@yahoo.com or visit her blog at bellesouth.blogspot.com.

Lana F. Flowers

Lana F. Flowers — She’s a heck of a writer and we’re lucky to have her here at First Arkansas News. Lana has more than 20 years of experience in daily print journalism. She quit the Morning News/nwaonline.com, the Northwest Arkansas Newspapers entity, on May 19 to start a different, full-time job in a real estate office. She can handle Walmart and retail news, other business news, book reviews, features, regular old news news and anything else you’d care to mention. Want to tell her how great she is? E-mail lana@firstarkansasnews.net.

Linda Hicks — when you’re listing off established reporters in Arkansas, Linda should be on that list. She’s been a reporter all over this great state and, most recently, has done a lot of freelance work for the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway. You can see some of her work with the Democrat here and, of course, you can check in here at First Arkansas News to see some more of  her quality work. We’re lucky to have her around, folks — trust me on this.

David Hudson — when he’s not imploring the “grill gods” to give him culinary wisdom, David is tapping away on his computer. He spends a lot of time with that computer — so much, in fact, that he’s figured out how to make money with it. David owns and operates HudsonCS in Little Rock and, as such, is the man to call on for Website design, technical support and advice on how to make that $%&# computer behave. He’s agreed to write about technology from time to time. That’s a good thing because the boy knows his stuff.

Theresa Komor — you want to know why this site was started? To attract talented writers like Theresa, that’s why. She’s done a lot of freelancing for local newspapers in and around Searcy, Ark., and maintains a couple of great blogs (A Bumpy Path and Out in the Back Yard). She’ll do some great work here, so stick around. Send her an email.

Ethan C. Nobles — is a public relations guy, former reporter, recovering lawyer and a man who is irrationally proud of his hometown of Benton, Ark. He’s the one to blame for this mess. He started this site on April 16, 2010 and has been annoying people with it since. Send all kudos, complaints, hate mail and detailed reasons why you should be a proud contributor to First Arkansas News to ethan@firstarkansasnews.net.

Marci Kay Nobles — is Ethan’s long-suffering wife. She’s too shy to put up a real picture here (Ethan would put one up in spite of her objections if he wasn’t afraid of her). Marci is an outstanding cook and she’s agreed to contribute recipes from time to time in an attempt to share her expertise with the world. She’s from northwest Arkansas but has adapted very well to life in Benton. Send her an email to mknobles@att.net or visit her at The Crazed Wife Blog.

Edwin E. Smith — what can one say about the intrepid Edwin E. Smith? He’s a published poet, all around swell guy, Saline County, Ark., native and one of the few people around here that can brag that he’s on Wikipedia. Look for him to contribute, well, just all sorts of stuff. Visit him on internet at edwinesmith.com or send an email to edwinesmith@att.net.

Jamie Smith first realized she wanted to be a reporter in about second grade and she hasn’t looked back. With 10 years of post-college experience under her belt, Jamie has covered everything from education to government to Native American issues and just about everything in between. She’s interviewed the First Lady of the United States, government and school officials, hundreds of children and yes, even dogs who are on Twitter(considering they didn’t teach “woof” as a foreign language in journalism school, she enlisted the help of their owners via email to translate). After being laid off from the Benton County Daily Record in Bentonville in late 2009, Jamie continues to seek full-time work. She has also expanded her services under her communications business, Jamie’s Notebook. When she’s not working, Jamie loves spending time with her husband and two purrbabies. She’s also an avid scrapbooker and tries to remember to blog! She’s published on several group blogs but her personal site is jamiesnotebook.com. Send her an email to jamie@jamiesnotebook.com

Stay tuned!

“Because we could — and nobody stopped us.”
Wayne Coyne, the Flaming Lips


  • Brenda Nobles said:

    I found the site. Looks good. Send me a brief blurb that I can send to people on my e-mail list.

  • Ethan Nobles (author) said:

    Sure thing…

  • Cowgirl C said:

    Hmmm, looks great! will be visiting! Love the concept. Cynthia

  • Ethan Nobles (author) said:

    Cowgirl — glad you like what we’re doing here. Make sure to stop by often 😉

  • Sherry Warren said:

    This is very interesting. Thank’s Mrs, Brenda for telling me about it.

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