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[2 Jun 2013 | 27 Comments | 7,624 views]
Awesome Site of the Week: Rock City Times

Welcome to yet another installment in our Awesome Site of the Week — a feature that we’re sure will maybe one day, perhaps, become a big hit with our tens of fans.
We at First Arkansas News started this dandy feature in hopes of pointing out some sites that simply ooze awesome but may have been overlooked. You’ll not find any eBays or Amazons mentioned in this feature because, well, everyone’s heard of those. What you will find are some sites that deserve your attention. Make sure to visit them and …

Arts & Entertainment, Restaurants »

[8 Dec 2011 | 2 Comments | 8,570 views]
Tokyo House — the best Asian buffet in central Arkansas

When you consider an Asian buffet, what do you expect?
Some might answer they figure on a lot of food of varying quality (some of it not great) and a low price. Tokyo House has the “lot of food” side of the equation nailed down, but the place is more expensive than your typical Asian buffet and the food is considerably better. How good? You’ve got a lot of Chinese and Asian buffet restaurants in Little Rock, but Tokyo House trumps them all. The selection is staggering, the quality is substantially …

Arts & Entertainment, Restaurants »

[18 Nov 2011 | No Comment | 2,600 views]
Franke’s — an Arkansas institution since 1919

Franke’s is one of the oldest restaurants in this state and is still going strong.
With two full locations in Little Rock and a carryout facility downtown, the cafeteria-style restaurant is alive in well in 2011. Yes, the place has had a wildly varied set of locations over the years in that it was originally located downtown and spun off into several locations after the original restaurant shut it’s doors in 1960 — Hot Springs, Fort Smith, McCain Mall in North Little Rock and the gone (but not forgotten) University Mall …

Arts & Entertainment, Business, News »

[21 Aug 2011 | No Comment | 2,258 views]
Grant to help revitalize Pettaway neighborhood

The following information is a revised version of press release issued earlier this month from the University of Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE-A National Endowment for the Arts grant is a first step toward the revival of the historic, 60-block Pettaway neighborhood in Little Rock, by blending new development within the fabric of that turn-of-the-century urban neighborhood.
The $30,000 grant, awarded to the University of Arkansas Community Design Center and the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corp., will fund the creation of the Pettaway Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.
The grant recipients were among 1,145 nonprofit national, regional, …

Business, Crime, News, Real Estate »

[20 Aug 2011 | One Comment | 4,835 views]
Lockbox thief caught?

It seems the real estate community — and people selling homes in the area — can rest a little easier.
Why? Over the past couple of months, Supra lockboxes have been vanishing from properties in Pulaski and Saline counties. It appears the Benton and Little Rock police departments have caught the thief. Amanda Tester, executive officer of Cooperative Arkansas Realtors Multiple Listings Services (CARMLS) confirmed Friday that an arrest has been made in the case. She said that GE’s security measures and intensive investigatory work from the local police departments resulted …

Education, News »

[19 Jun 2011 | 14 Comments | 51,377 views]
National math conference coming to Little Rock

About 400 elementary teachers from across the nation will gather in Little Rock this week for the first time that Arkansas has hosted a conference about Cognitively Guided Instruction.
CGI is a professional development program that focuses on math for grades K-3 and has attracted widespread interest throughout Arkansas.
Cognitively Guided Instruction is an elementary-level mathematics professional development program based on an integrated program of research on four components:

the development of students’ mathematical thinking,
instruction that influences that development,
teachers’ knowledge and beliefs that influence their instructional practice, and
the way that teachers’ knowledge, beliefs …

iPhone, Technology »

[6 Apr 2011 | No Comment | 3,373 views]
Joining the Qpon Revolution…

About a year ago, Qpon Revolution started placing machines in businesses and restaurants around central Arkansas that would allow customers to come in and receive digital coupons on the spot.
Gabriel Mayes, president and chief operating officer of the company, said Qpon Revolution had some success with that approach but is after bigger game these days thanks to an Apple iPhone app (available here) that was launched at the end of February. Droid users shouldn’t feel left out in the cold — Qpon Revolution will have an application available for that …

Arts & Entertainment, Restaurants »

[3 Apr 2011 | One Comment | 4,584 views]
Dixie Cafe — not bad for one of those corporate chain restaurants

While some chain restaurants are criticized for serving up bland and “safe” meals calculated to appeal to the masses, the Dixie Cafe is a bit different.
Is it a corporate chain? Certainly. Dixie Cafe is based in Little Rock and has 16 locations here in Arkansas and one in Memphis (my family and I live close to the one in Benton and we’ve been there often). Ah, but here’s what’s different about Dixie Cafe — this is a regional chain that operates all over the Natural State and, as such, ought …

News »

[8 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 1,071 views]
Week in Review — Feb. 28 through March 5

We reported on a slew of things here at First Arkansas News last week.
It would be a downright shame if some people missed some of the stories around here last week. Indeed, we covered everything form UA Basketball Coach John Pelphrey coming under fire to thuggery in downtown Little Rock to a Bella Vista resident winning the Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes.
We want to make things convenient for our readers so — as usual — we’re linking to all of the articles over the past week in the post so that people …

Columns and other comments, Crime, Features and such, News »

[1 Mar 2011 | 4 Comments | 3,401 views]
Hooliganism in downtown Little Rock

See that lady in the photo?
That’s Erica Bonds, a Little Rock resident who was excited on Saturday because she bought a 2006 Saturn Vue that afternoon. She wasn’t too happy because that car was broken into Saturday night — part of what First Arkansas News has learned is becoming a disturbing trend in the area.
Bonds went to a performance of the Arkansas Symphony Performance at the Robinson Music Hall at 7 Statehouse Plaza in downtown Little Rock on Saturday night with her fiance, David Hudson. Yes, Hudson has written an …