Zuzanna Sitek

Reporter, Ozarks at Large
Photo courtesy of the City of Bella Vista

The City of Bella Vista has hired a consulting company from Kansas City to help create a comprehensive plan for the future as the city’s population grows larger and younger every year. City leaders and residents agree on several things: Bella Vista’s natural setting is an asset that needs to be maintained despite growth, Highway 71 is currently the heart of the city and also one of its biggest challenges, and Bella Vista needs more economic development to accommodate its changing population.

courtesy / University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas announced Wednesday it will be turning its Art Department into a School of Art thanks to a $120 million gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation. Todd Shields, dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, says the university plans to double the size of the art school over the next five years by expanding scholarship opportunities, renovating the arts building and hiring more instructors to teach new courses.

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The Confederate soldier statue on the downtown square in Bentonville was put there in 1908. Following the violence that broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month, a local group called Ozark Indivisble started a petition calling for the monument's removal. That petition spurred another petition declaring support for keeping the monument. The statue was put up more than 40 years after the Civil War at a time when Arkansas and many other southern states were erecting Confederate monuments.

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Marty Matlock, executive director of the U of A Resiliency Center, and professor of ecological engineering, and Greg Thoma, professor of chemical engineering, are part of a team of researchers exploring how climate change, loss of fresh water and competition for resources threaten the world’s supply of fruits and vegetables and what those problems will mean for the future of agricultural production.

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Several murals in Fayetteville are taking shape and we briefly visit with artist Jason Jones about his big jackrabbit taking shape on the Razorback Greenway.

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