Monthly Archives: February 2018

UCA Hosts Conway Conversations Series

The University of Central Arkansas Division of Outreach and Community Engagement will host a series of Conway Conversations lunch and learn events.

On Thursday, March 1, participants will discuss one of three books: “Braving the Wilderness” by Brene’ Brown, “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates or “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect” by John Maxwell. Facilitators will be Lesley Graybeal, Wendy Holbrook and Steven Shook, all from UCA. This event is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. at UCA Downtown located at 1105 West Oak Street.   MORE

CADTF Arrests Two On Drug Charges


The Central Arkansas Drug Task Force has announced a couple of arrests for drug possession.

On Tuesday, CADTF Officers executed a search warrant at the residence of 54-year old LeRoy Cecil Miller, located on CW Road, based on a several month long investigation.

Mich Ultra Goes Organic To Stay On Top Of Low-Cal Beer Boom

The beer wars are about to get a lot lighter.

Corona and Amstel have introduced new low-cal beers as they chase Michelob Ultra, whose so-called superior light beer continues to surge. But Ultra is not sitting still. The Anheuser Busch InBev-owned brew is introducing an even lighter line extension this week called Ultra Pure Gold. It has 85 calories, 10 less than regular Ultra, and will be marketed as containing “organic grains.”

With the low-cal beer trend booming, analysts have begun referring to the offerings as “fitness beers,” which reflects the athletic-themed marketing approach that Ultra has successfully deployed for years. But while some of the surge is driven by health-conscious consumers, brand image is also playing a big role. After all, the growth for low-cal beers comes as traditional light beers like Bud Light and Coors Light, whose calorie counts are not much higher, continue to struggle.   MORE

Branches vs. Digital: Hitting The Retail Delivery Sweet Spot In Banking

Banks and credit unions have been struggling to strike the right balance between digital and physical channels for the better part of two decades. Ever since online banking emerged in the late 90s, retail financial institutions have wrestled with their retail delivery models — a problem that was exacerbated with mobile banking when the iPhone debuted in 2007.

According to a study by Raddon, a Fiserv company, the vast majority of consumers have visited a branch in the past 12 months, mostly to deposit checks with a teller. Somewhat surprisingly, 42% say they visited a branch to withdraw cash from a teller — something that can done faster at an ATM.    MORE

Weekly Flu Update


Twenty more flu-related deaths were reported in Arkansas last week, bringing the death toll from the current flu season to 179.

Arkansas Department of Health officials say the flu is likely to continue spreading for six to eight more weeks.

Marijuana Cultivation Facilities Approved

medical marijuana

As a nervous, standing-room only crowd looked on, the state Medical Marijuana Commission on Tuesday selected a handful of Arkansas companies to grow and supply the state’s first legalized cannabis products to medical patients across the state.

2nd Annual All-Region Coding Competition

Governor Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Education Tuesday announced the 17 winning teams from the All-Region Coding Competition that took place Feb. 12, 2018, at 13 regional contests around the state.
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