Ozarks at Large Stories

News and Culture Stories about Northwest Arkansas, the Arkansas River Valley and more from Ozarks at Large

Bentonville Makes Big Population Gains

May 26, 2017

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau suggests cities in northwest Arkansas continue to grow at a steady pace, and the city of Fort Smith continues to seek solutions for its troubled city-wide recycling program. Michael Tilley of Talk Business and Politics has more.

Ticks are tiny blood-sucking arachnids that feed on deer, birds, rabbits, squirrels, rodents and lizards. During bloodmeals, Arkansas ticks may absorb pathogens naturally carried by wildlife, with strange names like Tularema, Rickettsia, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and Borrelia. So when ticks feed on people, they regurgitate bacteria into the bloodstream.

Ahead of a new law taking effect in September that expands places where people can carry firearms, schools that want to prohibit concealed handguns are working with state police to get exemptions.

Institutions seeking to ban concealed weapons from certain areas and events must send a security plan to be approved by Arkansas State Police.

A Friday roundup includes U.S. Senator Boozman praising a proposed increase in border security spending, Ozark Beer Company celebrating its new space in downtown Rogers, and more.

Let's Go Outdoors

May 26, 2017

Memorial Day weekend often means spending time outside. Becca Martin Brown from the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette says there are plenty of outdoor events this weekend including the Omni Peace Garden Tour, a twilight hike in Fort Smith and the Pioneer Days Parade in Van Buren.

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