Fayetteville artist Olivia Trimble says she was concerned about the images some visitors bring to town when they come out for the Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally because they can be divisive and do not represent the values embraced by the city, so she created her own images that residents can wear or put up at their homes. Tommy Sisemore, the executive director of Bikes, Blues & BBQ, also explains the rally's policy regarding offensive merchandise sold at official vendor lots.
Grass Roots Farmers' Coop, which got its start in 2014, focuses on small-batch farming and responsibly raised meat. The chickens, hogs, cattle and other livestock raised on the coop's members' farms are pasture-raised and fed non-GMO feed. The coop then sells the meat directly to customers via its website, ships it to restaurants around Arkansas and works with distributors and e-commerce companies to get the products to other parts of the country.
After being awarded a grant, the Urban Land Institute Northwest Arkansas district council is holding an input session Sept. 14 about shaping the future of the Highway 71B corridor and reimagining it into a space that can be occupied by people instead of just vehicles.
Arkansas is one of five states without a state hate crime law, and ProPublica has found nationally there is a huge discrepancy between the number of hate crimes recorded by the FBI and the number of hate crimes estimated by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. To track the rate of hate crimes across the country, ProPublica launched a crowdsourcing project called Documenting Hate, which involves local-level news organizations that include the Arkansas Times.
On Wednesday, 300 girls from middle schools in Northwest Arkansas got to meet the woman behind the nonprofit organization called Girls Who Code. Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of the organization, spoke to students about how she started the nonprofit and the ways in which more girls can become interested in coding and careers in technology.