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BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Planner, AR

December 20, 2018


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The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend:



FOR USE Sunday, Dec. 23, and thereafter:


BENTONVILLE, Ark. _ A company associated with the Walton family bought the Bentonville City Hall building for $3.75 million. The City Council unanimously approved accepting the bid from Recasting LLC at a recent meeting. Recasting shares an agent with Ropeswing Hospitality Group and Springdale Downtown, both of which are backed by the Walton family. By Melissa Gute, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 542 words.


EL DORADO, Ark. _ Starting in January, the El Dorado School district will have a new communication method. Chelsey Turner, librarian and parent involvement coordinator at Washington Middle School, has taken charge of a new project that will release podcasts. The topics for those already completed include the El Dorado Promise, student behavior and the standards-based reporting grading system. By Michael Shine, El Dorado News-Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 284 words.


FOR USE Monday, Dec. 24, and thereafter:


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. _ About a month after its grand opening, the Northwoods Trails have seen constant activity that’s not expected to slow down anytime soon, according to the trail coordinator. Traci Berry, trail coordinator for the Northwoods, said the steady visitation prompted the need for increased parking to accommodate trail users. By Beth Reed, The Sentinel-Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 853 words.


WRIGHTSVILLE, Ark. _ An Arkansas program is allowing inmates to receive degrees. Last month, 25 inmates and parolees received associates of the arts degrees in ceremonies at the Arkansas Department of Correction unit in Wrightsville. The degrees were obtained through the Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative, a program launched by the U.S. Department of Education in 2015 and designed to reduce rates of recidivism among former inmates. By Todd Traub, Arkansas Business. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1094 words.

^The AP, Little Rock

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