We get an update on Fayetteville's new bike-share system, which has had more than 5,000 rides since launching in mid-September. We also hear about some of the issues that have arisen since the system's launch, and get tips on how to be a more conscientious bike-share user.
Mullins Library staff has emptied the third and fourth floors in preparation of a major renovation of both spaces. Although about 82 percent of the library's collection is now at a new storage annex in south Fayetteville, library administrators say the changes will nearly double the library's seating capacity. After the renovation is complete in about 18 months, the third and fourth floors will feature study rooms with updated technology and study spaces with modular furniture to accommodate differently sized groups.
The annual State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report was released this week. The report, which is gathered by the Northwest Arkansas Council and the University of Arkansas Center for Business and Economic Research, examines and gauges the region’s housing market, transportation infrastructure, new business growth, research investment and workforce participation.
The estate gift by Myles Friedman is the third-largest gift and largest gift from an individual in University of Arkansas-Fort Smith history. Friedman was a longtime Fort Smith resident who passed away in September 2017. The estate gift is expected to bring in $400,000 annually, which is enough to fund 60 full-ride scholarships for UAFS students.
Civil War history buffs living in Greenwood are working to preserve Devil’s Backbone Battlefield. It's a site where Union troops battled Confederate soldiers who were trying to escape with their wagons to Waldron. The American Battlefield Trust already purchased 10 acres of land at Devil’s Backbone in 2008, but now there is an opportunity to buy another 21 acres of the battlefield if locals can come up with a $40,000 match.