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[23 May 2011 | 2 Comments | 4,429 views]
Joplin undigging from tragedy

JOPLIN, MO–Yesterday, Joplin, Mo. made a tragic mark in history by being the site for what is now being called the deadliest single tornado in U.S. history. So far, 116 people are confirmed dead.
Late afternoon on Sunday, a rated EF-4 tornado struck the southwest Missouri town that is about an hour north of Bentonville. The estimated winds were 190-198. By the way, it takes 200 mph winds to get an EF-5 rating. There’s been some talk that the tornado could be given that rating once all the damage is surveyed.
The …

Politics »

[22 Apr 2011 | No Comment | 2,947 views]
Evans says change starts at home

In an era where politics is dominated by special interests, how can an individual be heard by the government?
Morrilton resident Jennifer Evans has an answer to that question — bring together a group of concerned citizens, pick some issues and concentrate on making sure their concerns are heard by local politicians. That task is made all the easier through social media sites, and a group in which Evans is heavily involved — Arkansas for Better Government –can be found here on Facebook.
Evans has been busy this week visiting with the …

Education, Media, News »

[10 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | 2,362 views]
Social media source of snow-related fun, trickery

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS-The northwest part of the Natural State didn’t see quite as much “nature” (read: snow) Sunday and early Monday but that didn’t stop social media from becoming ablaze.
Two different school districts experienced snow-related social media issues, one being filled with mostly good-natured frivolity but the second was more problematic.
The Fayetteville Public Schools’ Facebook page became popular Sunday night as a large number of students used the site to beg officials to cancel school and to complain that a decision was not made until the early Monday morning hours when …

Business, Features and such, News »

[13 Dec 2010 | 5 Comments | 3,210 views]
Looking for work? Here are some local resources that might help

As anyone who has been paying attention is well aware, the economy is still a mess.
The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services reported the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in October — up slightly over the 7.7 percent rate in September and up from 7.5 percent a year ago. Meanwhile, the national unemployment rate was 9.6 percent — down from 10.1 percent a year ago.
In short, Arkansas’ civilian workforce totals 1.34 million and 104,800 of those able-bodied employees are looking for jobs.
Beverly Smith, co-owner of Career Staffing Services (CSS) in North …

News, Technology »

[30 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 875 views]
Worried about missing a story? Following ‘First Arkansas News’ is easy!

The intrepid writers here at First Arkansas News sure do post frequently.
So frequently, in fact, that it’s far too easy to miss something. Fortunately, keeping up with what’s going on here is also easy.
That’s right — we’re looking out for you cats. Over in the right sidebar, you’ll find icons that you can click to subscribe to our RSS feed, go to our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to email updates.
The email updates, by the way, are particularly great — those are sent directly to subscribers’ mailboxes …

Business, News »

[1 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 932 views]
Reminder — live Wal-Mart Shareholders’ Meeting coverage on June 4

That’s right — stop in here at First Arkansas News on Friday for live (yes, live!) coverage of the Wal-Mart Shareholders’ Meeting.
What do we mean by “live coverage?” Simply put, happy visitors can check out the right sidebar for Twitter updates throughout the meeting.
The updates will be provided by the intrepid Lana F. Flowers, formerly of the Morning News of Northwest Arkansas and now a proud contributor to this site (and some other publications, honestly).
Flowers will have some articles too, of course, so why on earth would anyone think of …

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[29 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 796 views]
Convenience? You’ve got it!

As some of you may have noticed, First Arkansas News is a relatively new site (exactly 12 days old as of this writing).
For the past few days, a few features have been added to the site that are worth mentioning. Why? Because they (hopefully) offer convenience and flexibility to the folks who want to follow this site easily.
In the right sidebar, you’ll find four buttons that make it easy to keep up with the latest posts around here — one that lets you  subscribe to our RSS feed, one that …

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[27 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 1,191 views]
1,000 hits!

That’s right — this site has been around for 11 whole days and we’ve already registered 1,000 unique hits.
That’s not a bad start.
A unique hit, by the way, is one visit from one person per day. That is to say, if a happy reader visits five, ten or 20 times in the same day, only one hit will be registered.
Unique hits, then, are the ones to count. We’ve had exactly 1,004 of those at the time of this writing and 1,798 total hits over the past 11 days (an impressive …