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[20 Jun 2013 | No Comment | 6,861 views]
Microsoft caving to public pressure on Xbox One?

Editor’s Note: If you find the following post pointless, blame the 16-year-old son of First Arkansas News Owner/Editor Ethan C. Nobles. All will be explained. Promise.
For the past couple of weeks, the folks at Sony have had a lot of fun ridiculing the Xbox One following Microsoft’s announcement that its upcoming console would have to call home every 24 hours to keep working and that game rentals and resells would be a thing of the past.
By the way, the official nickname for the Xbox One will be the “Xbone” if …

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[10 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | 2,336 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 …

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[13 Dec 2010 | 5 Comments | 3,177 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 …

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[30 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 846 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 …

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[1 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 907 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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[30 May 2010 | 11 Comments | 10,143 views]
Walmart Announces Shareholders’ Week Concerts

ROGERS — Trying to get Walmart to confirm information about concerts and entertainment coming for the annual shareholders’ meeting week, in the past, has been frustrating.
Walmart wanted to keep the acts secret until the day of or day before concerts and shareholders’ activities.
Though, those who work at company headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., or who work for major vendors involved in shareholders’ week activities and planning typically knew weeks in advance who was coming.
This year, the retailer not only confirms the acts that are coming to perform concerts, but is tweeting …

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[29 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 772 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 | 1,172 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 …