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Lawmaker questions Benton County tax appraisals

Subscriber onlyGRAVETTE -- The taxable value of real estate in Benton County increased 16.7 percent after a countywide update by appraisers earlier this year. The increase raised both the tax bill and the ire of state Rep. Kim Hendren, R-Gravette. Continue reading...

Legislator questions process for appraisals

Committee review planned for Oct. 5

Subscriber onlyGRAVETTE — The taxable value of real estate in Benton County increased 16.7 percent after a countywide update by appraisers earlier this year. The increase raised both the tax bill and the ire of state Rep. Kim Hendren, R-Gravette. Continue reading...

Doug Thompson: Democracy doubted at home

Son’s questions stir thoughts of election reform

Subscriber onlyMy voting-age son lost faith in American democracy, at least for now. That bothers me, but not severely. The young often doubt the wisdom of any political system. Continue reading...

Rice, seafood and safety

Food safety challenges met in NWA region

Subscriber onlyThe restaurant food most likely to make you sick probably isn't what you think, said Cary Gray with the Arkansas Department of Health. Continue reading...

Doug Thompson: Of mumps and liberty

Heed pre-vaccine risks to rights

Subscriber onlyThere's a mumps outbreak in Northwest Arkansas. Vaccinated children get to keep going to school. Those who aren't vaccinated can go back to class as soon as they get vaccinated. Kids who get the disease can return soon after the illness runs its course. Continue reading...

Springdale 'politickin' rally attracts 450

Subscriber onlyAttorney General Leslie Rutledge was among the more than 450 people to attend the annual "Chickin, Peelin' and Politickin'" event co-hosted by Tyson Foods and the Springdale Chamber of Commerce at the Arvest Ballpark on Thursday night. Continue reading...

Emma Avenue stop signs approved by Springdale council

Subscriber onlyThe City Council approved putting new stop signs at three intersections along Emma Avenue to make the downtown more inviting to pedestrians, reducing the city's administration's recommendation for four. Continue reading...

Eldridge campaigns in Little Flock

Democrat challenger goes to GOP home turf

Subscriber onlyDemocratic challenger Conner Eldridge campaigned in U.S. Sen. John Boozman's home county Saturday, asking voters at a Democratic rally when was the last time they saw the incumbent. Continue reading...

Doug Thompson: The fading of 9/11

Politics of 2016 show little interest in attacks on nation

Subscriber onlyTomorrow is the 15th anniversary of 9/11. The war that's raged ever since isn't even a serious topic in this presidential election year. The proof of how distracted we are is right here at home. Continue reading...

Doug Thompson: First Hillary, then a dragon

The great hunt has changed targets

Subscriber only"Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die." Continue reading...

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