"Breezy One" Making Disinfecting a Breeze at Har-Ber High

January 26, 2021

Arts & Culture

CACHE Launches Art Community Survey

NWA Daily

The Create Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange (CACHE) program has launched a community survey intended to assess the needs of the NWA arts and culture industry.

  • Responses will be used to develop programming and resources to address the disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey will also include a specific focus on racial equity in the arts and economic stability.
  • The survey is open to nonprofits, businesses, and individuals who self-identify as an artist, creative or cultural bearer in Benton, Washington, Carroll and Madison counties. -NWA Council
  • The survey deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 10. Eligible respondents will be compensated for participating in the survey.


Har-Ber High School's Disinfecting Robot Makes Sanitation Easy "Breezy"

Har-Ber High School in Springdale will be the first school in the country to test a disinfecting robot called "Breezy One" on campus.

  • The robot will be able to disinfect a building the size of Har-Ber High School in about two hours. R2-D2 is that you?
  • Domino Effect: After watching a demonstration of the robot disinfecting the building, district and school administrators are considering purchasing more.
  • Kimberly Corbitt, Head of Consumer Engagement for Build With Robots, said the manufacturer chose Springdale because the school district is " innovative and forward-thinking." -5 News


$7.1 Million in Rental Assistance Approved for Washington County

NWA Daily

The Washington County Quorum Court announced Thursday that $7.1 million will go towards helping people in Washington County in need of rental assistance.

  • County Judge Joseph Wood said Washington County applied for the $7.1 million as part of the federal COVID-19 relief legislation.
  • The county will partner with the Fayetteville Housing Authority and Hark, a non-profit that provides rental assistance in NWA.
  • Applications for rental assistance will be available over the next one to two weeks for those interested to apply through Hark and FHA.


2021 Bentonville Bike Fest

The 2021 Bentonville Bike Festival, presented by Pyure, will take place on June 18-20, 2021, and will feature a number of races, workshops, art and more.

  • The three day event is completely free and offers incredible opportunities to witness world-class action. Pro riders including freeride pioneer Hans Rey, and Perrine Devahive, a World Cup top 3 trials rider, are set to make an appearance.
  • Sponsors include Body Armor, WD40, Vizzy, Vital Proteins, JUNK Brands, Mojo Cycling, Supernola, Live Gnar, Milo's Tea Company, Boost Oxygen, Impossible Foods, Dig Clothing Company, and many more. -Arkansas Outside
  • Want in on the action? Sign up for the Van Dessel Gravel Ride or take advantage of the free access to a variety of demo bikes at the pumptrack.

Health & Wellness

U of A Research Finds Connection Between Social Media and Depression

NWA Daily

According to a recent study by a UA dean and his research team, young adults who spend five to six hours a day or longer on social media are more likely to be diagnosed with depression than others. -The Arkansas Traveler

  • Dr. Brian Primack and four other researchers are the first to find a direct correlation between long-term social media use and depression in a national study.
  • The study, which began in 2018, followed 1,000 subjects of diverse backgrounds and stated that their personal identities did not affect their likelihood of becoming depressed.
  • University directors are encouraging students to unplug from social media periodically to avoid the constant consumption of negative messages.
  • "Consciousness of the connection between depression and social media use can cause individuals to recognize the importance of balance in their personal and social lives," Primack said. -Arkansas Traveler

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