The Hogs Are Streaking

March 9, 2021

Entertainment

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Word on the street is that a huge cable network is currently looking for couples and families who are interested in taking on a $150k+ renovation on a family farm, home, barn, historic property, large building, or cabin.

  • Now, you're probably thinking you've heard this one before - I mean HGTV's Fixer to Fabulous is right in our backyard. Think again - Downtown Bentonville Inc. has announced that this casting call is separate from the Bentonville-based HGTV show.
  • However, the network is looking for a specific criteria including:
    • A house with a commercial side to the build (example: farmhouse, barn, cabin or play structure for the kids - animals are a plus).
    • A historic house and location being turned into bed and breakfast.
    • A larger historic property in Downtown Bentonville, such as a run-down construction build. -5 News
  • Does this sound like your place? APPLY HERE.

Sports

The Hogs are STREAKING

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Let's get down to business. First order of business? The Arkansas Razorbacks are streaking. Oh, and all-star senior guard Chelsea Dungee continues to build her legacy by earning a spot on the Wooden Award National Ballot. Here we go...

  • This past week, four Arkansas teams held onto mind-boggling winning streaks. Razorback Baseball now has 10 straight wins, Razorback Women's Tennis has 10 straight wins, Razorback Men's Basketball has 11 consecutive SEC wins (tying the 1993-94 team), and Razorback Softball has 15. W's. in. a. row.
  • Redshirt senior guard Chelsea Dungee was selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board to earn a spot on the Wooden Award National Ballot, which recognizes 15 student-athletes who are candidates for the Wooden Award All American Team and Wooden Award Trophy as the most outstanding college basketball player in the United States. -Pig Trail Nation
  • #OmaHogs: Razorback Baseball steamrolled Murray State 6-0 on Sunday and rode home with their 10th straight win. Here's what Coach Dave Van Horn had to say following the sweep.

To join in the fun, you can find a schedule of all sporting events HERE

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Business

150 New Jobs Coming to Siloam Springs

Recently recognized as one of the top Midsize Employers in America, Simmons Foods in Siloam Springs is planning a major multimillion-dollar expansion at the Simmons Pet Food plant located at 316 N. Hico St. The expansion will add over 90,000 square feet in new space and renovation and will add around 150 jobs with broader production capacity to the plant.

  • Expected to be completed this fall, the once 134,000-square-foot facility will total around 224,000 square feet.
  • “We’re excited about the potential to bring an additional 150 jobs to Siloam Springs and the prospect of creating an attractive new facility on the site of Simmons’ first plant constructed in Siloam Springs back in 1952,” said Julie Maus, Director of Communications at Simmons Foods.
  • “Putting people first is one of our core values at Simmons... It starts when you’re applying for a job here. We want to make it as convenient as possible. The one-stop-shop makes it possible to be hired the same day and be on the way to earning that first paycheck," said Russell Tooley, Chief Administrative Officer for Simmons Foods. -Talk Business & Politics

Politics

$4.5M in CARES Act Funds Still on the Table for Washington Co.

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This coming Thursday (March 18), the Washington County Quorum Court will revisit the discussion about where to distribute $4.5 million in CARES Act (COVID-19 relief) funds allocated to the county.

  • Washington County Treasurer Bobby Hill said the $4.5 million in funds were given to the county by the state and allows the county to use the money as wiggle-room for public employees whose jobs are substantially different than their budgeted role.
  • Hill said the Court originally thought the funds were intended for receipts or PPE but later learned it could be used for county employees, mainly from the jails and sheriff, whose job functions might have been changed due to the pandemic. It's basically unrestricted revenue that's allowed to build interest. -KNWA/Fox24
  • What about rental assistance? That's a little different - here's why. The Court has to go through Fayetteville and Springdale Housing Authority. The Court then gives the Housing Authority the money and they distribute it. However, lawmakers and the public are divided on how the money should be spent - streets and roads vs. individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • More information on the debate can be found HERE. More information about CARES Act funds in Washington County can be found HERE.

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