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Subscriber onlyObservations of day four of the Bentonville Film Festival: Local and out-of-town fans filled the Old High Middle School’s auditorium in downtown Bentonville to watch the first of two early screenings of Captain America: Civil War. Continue reading...

Mercy announces $247 million expansion in Northwest Arkansas

Subscriber only Mercy Northwest Arkansas unveiled a $247 million expansion plan Wednesday that could add 1,000 jobs over the next five years. Continue reading...

Fayetteville man starts new home sales model

Subscriber onlyKen Allen saved thousands of dollars when he bought a house last week on Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville. The Dallas man used the services of Rob Florida at Realty Epic, a flat-fee real estate brokerage firm. Continue reading...

Recruiting, teaching physicians a top priority for Northwest Arkansas health leaders

About 150 leaders attend NWA Council’s health care summit

Subscriber onlyAddressing the shortage of medical workers is a top priority in strengthening Northwest Arkansas' health care economy. Continue reading...

NW Arkansas 25th in U.S. for population gain

Area grew 10% in 5 years; Pine Bluff saw loss of 6%

Subscriber onlyNorthwest Arkansas is among the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, even as the Pine Bluff region experienced population decreases, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Continue reading...

Inn owner hopes interest in Johnson commercial developments helps sell property

Subscriber onlyMiles James hopes the increasing commercial development activity helps him sell a historic piece of Johnson real estate. Continue reading...

AQ Fayetteville closing this week

Subscriber onlyLower sales and increased competition are prompting Dick Bradley to close his Fayetteville AQ Chicken House later this week. Continue reading...

AQ Chicken closing Fayetteville location

AQ Chicken House owner Dick Bradley plans on closing the Fayetteville College Avenue restaurant in the next few days. Continue reading...

Northwest Arkansas becomes more urbanized as towns grow

NWA’s urbanized area grows and towns expand

Subscriber onlyPeople are packing into Northwest Arkansas, leaving few undeveloped places in its core and pressuring even the outlying towns. Continue reading...

Driven leader seeks new roads

Subscriber onlyJeremy Wilson is president, CEO and managing partner of NewRoad Ventures, a Bentonville-based venture capital firm. He is also the founder and chairman of Now Diagnostics, a Springdale firm that develops diagnostic tests. Both companies started in 2012. Wilson also spent 16 years working for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and about four years at Rockfish. Continue reading...

NWA's increasing diverse population sparks new services

Subscriber onlyPatrick Boaz saw a language barrier keeping elderly residents from knowing what was happening in the community, so he started a Marshallese newspaper. Continue reading...

Montague to lead new Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Springdale

Subscriber onlyTrisha Montague will lead Arkansas Children’s Hospital Northwest, soon to be under construction in Springdale. She took over as the hospital’s senior vice president of regional services in November. She is overseeing key leadership positions and the on-site construction of the 225,000-square-foot, 24-bed hospital on 37 acres near Arvest Ballpark. Continue reading...

New UA chancellor balances administrative responsibilities and students

Subscriber onlyJoseph E. Steinmetz became chancellor of the University of Arkansas on Jan. 1. Continue reading...

Originally aiming for career in medicine,Amazeum director fell in love with museum world

Subscriber onlySam Dean is the the executive director of the Scott Family Amazeum. He began leading the children’s museum in November 2012; it opened July 15. The museum anticipated about 180,000 people would visit the museum in the first year, but attendance surpassed that in the first six months. Dean said the museum has nearly 7,000 member households. Continue reading...

Students have more options for health training

Subscriber onlyArkansas ranks low in many national health rankings but is near the top when it comes to keeping the doctors it trains. Health leaders say that means Northwest Arkansas should benefit from an increasing number of area health education opportunities. Continue reading...