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Shaq-backed Big Chicken restaurant in NWA goes almost as big as its name implies

A surprise text from a friend on her way to try Shaquille O’Neal’s fast food restaurant in Springdale resulted in a play-by-play review.
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Springdale middle school math teacher awarded $25K 'Milken Educator Award'

Cheers of encouragement from students peppered Michael Tapee's moving acceptance speech at Hellstern Middle School in Springdale, where Tapee teaches math and computer science to sixth- and seventh-graders. Tapee was accepting a Milken Educator Award, which will honor up to 75 recipients during the 2023-24 school year. The award is accompanied by a $25,000 prize.

Penzo mailer tries to trick teachers

Clint Penzo’s campaign mailer says he supported teacher pay increases. The boast is really a bluff.

Tyson Foods to consolidate corporate offices in Springdale

More employees and new buildings planned for Springdale.

Arkansas expat's commentary on Springdale as a Tyson company town sure to ruffle feathers

Journalist Olivia Paschal lauds the educational opportunities and quality-of-life improvements blooming from Walmart's and Tyson's roots in Northwest Arkansas, but notes there are shadowy downsides, too.

Fate unclear for Democratic legislator cut off from constituents in Republican-drawn proposal

Democratic state lawmakers take it on the chin during the redistricting process, as expected. While stakeholders analyze what exactly the proposed new maps will do, lawmakers push for tweaks and the governor defends his process.

Coronavirus today: 34 more deaths, 2,327 new cases

The death toll continues its terrible climb. Action? None today.

To market, to market: Farmers are selling again

With an assist from the University of Arkansas’s Division of Agricultural Cooperative Extension, we’ve compiled information on some of the many markets in Arkansas.

Rep. Megan Godfrey on her colleagues and the push to allow DACA recipients to sit for the nursing exam

I recently checked in with some of the freshmen Democratic women in the Arkansas House of Representatives to see how things were going since the legislative session began back in January. I asked about how the reality of governing compared to their expectations, important legislation they wanted more people to know about and how they spend their precious free time. Rep. Megan Godfrey (Springdale) is up first.

Corporate welfare expands at the local level; Springdale chamber licks its chops

Keep on eye on this. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette wrote today — too benignly — about cities in Arkansas getting more heavily into the corporate welfare business.

Springdale school gets waiver from vaccination rule

More interesting blogging from Elizabeth Lyon-Ballay of Bella Vista on the deregulation of Arkansas education — this time on a singular exception among Arkansas public schools, at a school of "innovation" in Springdale, to the vaccination law.

Man shot by police in Springdale UPDATE

40/29 reports that officers shot a man who advanced on them with a weapon during a domestic disturbance call late Thursday in Springdale.