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[3 May 2014 | One Comment | 12,392 views]
Alcohol sales in Saline County?

If you’ve been out grocery shopping, filling up your car at a gas station or have been in public in Saline County at all lately, the chances are good you’ve been approached by a petitioner asking for your signature so that the issue of whether package sales of alcohol should be allowed in our neck of the woods will be included on the November ballot.
The same effort is going on in Craighead County and both petition drives are spearheaded by a group out of Little Rock called Our Community, Our …

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[1 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 8,128 views]
Whole Hog Cafe — great barbecue, ho-hum sides

Whole Hog Cafe, located at 5309 Hwy. 5 North in Bryant, features great barbecue, fair-to-middling side items and a few items you might not expect.
Let’s start with the basics. Whole How features a fairly typical array of hickory smoked meats — chicken, pulled pork, pork loin, beef brisket, sausage and dry-rub ribs — that are far better than average. Some barbecue restaurants serve dried out meats that are almost crispy or jerky like in texture, but Whole Hog has barbecue down to a fine art. The meat is juicy, has …

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[26 May 2013 | No Comment | 3,602 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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[18 May 2013 | No Comment | 6,293 views]
New Beginnings Pregnancy Resource Center to host open house

New Beginnings Pregnancy Resource Center has scheduled an open house for Monday, May 20 from 10 .m. to 6 p.m. at 120 S. Conrad Street in Benton.
Feel free to tour the facility and stop in for desserts, coffee and punch. What is New Beginnings? A nonprofit, faith based center offering an array of services that are free of charge — a diaper bag ministry, free pregnancy test, lactation group, weekly Bible studies, individual Bible studies and parenting classes. The material assistance available includes diapers, baby wipes, baby food, formula, baby …

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[11 May 2013 | One Comment | 7,409 views]
Best burger in Saline County and maybe central Arkansas

Over the past few years, it seems that the quality of burgers in the area has improved significantly. It’s no longer enough to grab a hunk of mid-grade beef, form it into the shape of a patty and fry the thing until it’s almost crispy.
Want proof? First Arkansas News has already written about the glorious C-J’s Butcher Boy Burgers in Russellville and the “diner food made with care” attitude that drives the owners of Burger Shack in downtown Benton. While C-J’s Butcher Boy is outstanding, there’s a burger joint that’s …

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[21 Jun 2012 | 2 Comments | 7,295 views]
New Rural Development guidelines could impact Saline County

The USDA Rural Development Administration mortgage program is due an update this year and the proposed changes may impact areas of Saline County.
According to a memo from Doug Lawrence, the USDA Rural Development area director in Hope, the following Saline County cities may no longer be considered rural after Oct. 1 — Alexander, Bryant, Hot Springs Village (in Saline and Garland counties), Salem and Shannon Hills.
What does that all mean? The United States Department of Agriculture program is one of the few left that require no down payment for mortgage. …

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[6 Apr 2012 | No Comment | 2,091 views]
Benton Kite Fest set for April 14

The annual Benton Kite Festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 14 at Watts Field in Benton.
Watts Field is the former Saline County Airport and is located off I-30 exit 116 on Airlane Drive near the Saline County Fairgrounds.
The event will feature professional kite flyers demonstrating their bag of tricks and perhaps handing out some advice, concessions and free water. Attendees can bring their own kites or use one of the 500 free ones given out on a first come, first served basis. For more information …

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[27 Feb 2012 | 3 Comments | 4,324 views]
‘The Crazy Taco’ back under original management

Back in April, First Arkansas News posted an article about a great Mexican food cart in Benton called El Taco Loco.
Things have changed a bit. Since the first of the year, the name of the establishment has changed to the very Anglicized The Crazy Taco, the cart is smaller, the menu is similar and the management has reverted back to Louis Romero who started the company in the first place.
Confused? Don’t be. Romero started his business with a hot dog cart in Haskell two years ago. At the time, he …

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[23 Dec 2011 | One Comment | 5,044 views]
Reporter’s Notebook: Christmas at the Saline County Courthouse

Every year in Benton, the Saline County Courthouse is spiffed up for Christmas.
A featured event at the annual Christmas parade near the first of December involves one lucky child from the county turning on the Christmas lights surrounding the courthouse lawn, thus signaling that the holiday season is in full swing. More lights get added every year and the events surrounding the courthouse during the December increase, too.
This year, on the Thursday before Christmas, visitors were treated to free hot chocolate and cookies and music from a vocal trio, Bryant-based …

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[27 Nov 2011 | 3 Comments | 4,328 views]
Benton Waffle House — maximum comfort food

When you’re in the mood for some filling, artery-clogging comfort food, it’s hard to beat the Waffle House.
Of course, those are scattered all over the South, but I’ve been a somewhat regular customer at the one here in Benton for a couple of decades now. I say “somewhat regular” because too much Waffle House in the diet could well lead to health problems. We’re not talking about health-conscious meals here. We’re talking about comfort food that is all well and good so long as it is an occasional indulgence rather …