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[2 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 1,692 views]
Week in Review (May 26-June 1)

It’s the start of a new week, so that means it’s time to take a look at what went on last week here at First Arkansas News through our Week in Review series. It would be an outright tragedy if our tens of fans missed a post or two, so we rehash revisit our most resent stories as a matter of convenience. And, oh yes, we covered a lot of ground last week — we did a little something to honor veterans on Memorial Day, paid a visit to the …

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[31 May 2013 | 2 Comments | 2,228 views]
Judge rejects Shoffner’s plea

According to media reports, U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes on Friday tossed out an agreement under which former Arkansas State Treasurer Martha “Pie Fan” Shoffner was to plead guilty to one count of extortion for allegedly accepting at least $36,000 in exchange for sending business to a broker’s company. It has been alleged that two $6,000 payments were sent to Shoffner disguised in pie boxes that even had pies in them (the desserts, perhaps, were bonuses).
Shoffner, seemingly, admitted to accepting money from the broker but denied that she deliberately sent …

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[26 May 2013 | No Comment | 3,593 views]
Week in Review (May 16-25)

We haven’t posted a Week in Review here at First Arkansas News for some time, but it’s time we did. Why? There’s a lot going on during the week these days and we’d hate for anyone to miss something important. So, click the links below to find a story or two that you might have missed. Check back every Sunday for a summation of the prior week’s stories so you can stay informed (or, at least, get a handle on what exactly we’re doing around here).
* Creating Obstacles — Pastor …

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[21 May 2013 | One Comment | 5,196 views]
Martha Shoffner, pies and federal extortion charges

There are times when reading about Arkansas politics is too much fun. This, folks, is one of those times.
Now, some of us gave up long ago on the state government doing much that would benefit us overly much. At least we can be entertained every now and again by the folks we send to office.
Take the incredibly sad and strange case of State Treasurer Martha Shoffner. It would appear she’s well on the way of losing her job — along with its salary of $54,595 per year — so she …

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[30 Sep 2010 | 4 Comments | 2,862 views]
Ed & Kay’s — a Benton landmark

Ed & Kay’s has been around in one form or another since the 1950s and its still a favorite among both Benton residents and people visiting here.
Let’s get this out of the way first — the place is best known for its pies. Yes, they are incredible. Many of them feature meringue that is ridiculously high (you’d have to see it to believe it) and I’ve been a fan of the lemon meringue pie since I was about seven-years-old.
Ah, but the egg custard, pecan pie and the seasonal sweet potato …