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[3 Apr 2011 | 2 Comments | 2,640 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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[29 Mar 2011 | One Comment | 3,218 views]
Mattingly puts together economic advisory panel

David Mattingly took office as mayor of Benton on Jan. 1 and he’s been a busy man since them.
To his credit, Mattingly has been seeking a lot of input from citizens. A couple of weeks ago, the first meeting of an economic advisory panel (of sorts) took place and included business leaders from around the city. Oddly enough, yours truly — good ole Ethan C. Nobles — was among those invited to take part in a discussion of what needs to be done to bolster economic development in our fair …

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[23 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 2,834 views]
Benton gets a new mayor

The runoff results are in and Benton Mayor Rick Holland is out.
According to unofficial results from Saline County, challenger David Mattingly defeated Holland got 2,526 votes and Holland received 1,215 in Tuesday’s runoff election. It’s been a rough year for incumbents, indeed.
Holland and Mattingly were forced into the runoff after the Nov. 2 elections. There were three candidates in Benton’s mayoral race — Holland, Mattingly and Don White. Holland led the pack with 41.32 percent of the votes and Mattingly finished second with 28.49 percent.
In Shannon Hills, Mike Kemp is …

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[3 Nov 2010 | 5 Comments | 3,672 views]
Big night for Arkansas Republicans

Arkansas entered the day as a state what was represented primarily by Democrats in Washington.
Now, Republicans dominate the state’s congressional delegation.
Here’s how it went down:
* In a hotly contested Senate race, Republican John Boozman defeated Democrat Blanche Lincoln. The final vote hasn’t been tallied yet, but that race was called in Boozman’s favor as soon as the polls closed.
Lincoln, the incumbent senator, angered Arkansas voters with her support of health care reform. The voters responded as expected, leaving Boozman as the first Republican senator from Arkansas since Tim Hutchinson embarrassed …