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[3 Apr 2011 | 2 Comments | 2,696 views]
Week in Review — March 28-April 3

Yes, it was another week full of excitement here at First Arkansas News.
We’ve written about everything from the president of the National Lum and Abner Society to a drug-selling mailman in the past few days, so it’s time for a review.
Prior to getting into that, let’s go over a couple of other things. First of all, we should have a big announcement to make on Monday Tuesday that could shake up the way we do things around here (and improve them). Make sure to stop in for that.
Second, we sure …

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[30 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 1,872 views]
Saline County population up 28.24 percent

According to the 2010 Census, the population of Saline County last year was 107,118 — up 28.24 percent from 83,529 people in 2000.
The population of Arkansas, by comparison, went up 9.1 percent from 2000 to 2.92 million. The population of the United States increased 9.7 percent to 308.75 million.
Saline County was one of the fastest growing counties in the state, on par with Benton, Faulkner, Lonoke and Washington counties. The population in the county seat, Benton, was 30,681 last year — up 39.22 percent from 22,038 in 2000. As for …

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[14 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 2,068 views]
Week in review (Feb. 7-13)

What a strange week it was here in Arkansas. Some parts of the state got over two feet of snow on Wednesday and Thursday and the temperatures here in central Arkansas on Sunday were in the 60-degree range.
Ah, but that’s the thing about the Natural State, isn’t it? If you don’t like the weather, give it a few minutes and it will change.
At any rate, we did manage to get some articles written here at First Arkansas News in spite of all the oddness going on with the weather, businesses …

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[1 Feb 2011 | One Comment | 2,982 views]
Census to give snapshot view of NWA homeless

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS-As thousands of people in Northwest Arkansas lie safe in their warm beds, there are many who don’t have that opportunity.
A census completed last week will share just how many that is, and coordinators think the number of homeless people in Benton and Washington County will increase drastically from the last census.
The point-in-time census was coordinated by the University of Arkansas’ Community and Family Institute, directed by Kevin Fitzpatrick. Volunteers went to various locations throughout the two counties to ask detailed questions of people who don’t have a home …

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[26 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 1,353 views]
The week in review

So, did everyone have a good Christmas? Was Santa good to everyone?
We at First Arkansas News sure hope so and well understand that the festivities of the season may have kept some people from checking in here and picking up the latest news. In case you missed anything, we’ve provided this handy review of the stories we’ve had for the past week. Yay!
Before getting into that, however, it’s time to plug the easy ways to keep up with this little site. We’ve got email updates, an RSS feed and new …

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[21 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 1,773 views]
Arkansas population increase not enough for additional congressional seat

We all remember having that stranger come to our door and asking all sorts of questions about who lived there, their race and a few other little tidbits of demographic information.
Well Tuesday we got the first glimpse of the fruits of those questions with the first release of information from the 2010 U.S. Census.
According to information released on http://2010.census.gov, the state of Arkansas has 2,915,918 people living here. That’s a 9.1-percent increase since 2000, when there were 2,673,400 people living in the Natural State. That places Arkansas as having …