Ozark Regional Transit released the results of a year-long study that examined the feasibility of a Bus Rapid Transit system along the U.S. 71B corridor from Fayetteville to Bentonville. The two-year pilot program calls for about 25 station stops along the route, which would include shelters and park and ride options in some locations. The Bus Rapid Transit would consist of 17 specially designed buses that would run in 10-minute intervals during morning and evening rush hour.
While sensory rooms have been used in special education for some time, Northside Elementary School in Siloam Springs recently put one together that can be used by all of its students. The room includes a bubble wall, peapod bed, pressure roller, push wall, hammock swing, and trampolines. Educators say the goal of the sensory room is to create a space where young children can go to get away from overwhelming stimuli and process their feelings before they have a breakdown.
The City of Siloam Springs is a top-five finalist in the running to be featured on Hulu's "Small Business Revolution." The premise of the show is to help the small businesses in a growing city become even more successful by bringing in experts and infusing $500,000 into the downtown. More than 15,000 cities applied to be the setting for Season 3, but in order to win, Siloam Springs needs votes. You can vote every day through Feb.
The Sebastian County Crisis Stabilization Unit is slated to open later this month after some delays and a redesign of the building. Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center is facilitating the CSU. County Judge David Hudson and Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck have consulted with Leon Evans, who until last April was instrumental in designing and establishing a crisis center for psychiatric and substance abuse emergencies in San Antonio.
Local and national experts were brought together for a weekend symposium in Bentonville and Fayetteville to discuss housing market and transportation issues that are surfacing in Northwest Arkansas as the region grows and prospers. The symposium was part of the Housing NWA initiative that is being funded by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation and facilitated by the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design.