'Benton Courier' now 'Saline Courier'

By Ethan Nobles on 12:21 AM

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In an apparent attempt to cater to the fact that Saline County is gelling as region, the Benton Courier has changed its name to the Saline Courier.

While that might not seem like a big deal, it is to those of us who grew up with the Benton Courier. Still, considering how Saline County has grown up a lot since the Courier was established, the name change makes a lot of sense.

Click here for more of this fascinating story. You know you want to...

Saline County Fairplex fails

By Ethan Nobles on 12:25 AM

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Over the past few months, we happy Saline County residents have heard argument after argument both for and against the proposed $55 million Fairplex.

Yes, the project was touted as just the thing needed for economic by proponents. Opponents complained of new taxes, suspicious economic impact studies and a host of other things.

We headed to the polls on Tuesday and voted on the project. Saline County residents pretty well turned down the complex, leaving us wondering what's next.

To read about the issue and some commentary on it, click here.

Calling all Lum and Abner fans...

By Ethan Nobles on 1:40 AM

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Over at my "news site" -- First Arkansas News -- I posted an article about a sale the National Lum and Abner Society is having.

You can read that article by clicking here.

For those not in the know, Lum and Abner are a couple of characters created by good ole Arkansas boys who went on to dominate old time radio for years. The aforementioned society is selling some back issues of their newsletter and some script books -- great memorabilia for you and a chance to clear out some inventory for them.