Zuzanna Sitek

Reporter, Ozarks at Large
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The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks cut the ribbon on a new 24-hour inpatient treatment facility Tuesday. The Leroy Pond Residential Treatment Facility has space for 20 veterans, who each get their own room, to stay up to 90 days as they recover for substance abuse disorders, which often come with a co-occurring mental health illness and in some cases homelessness. Prior to opening the Leroy Pond facility, the VHSO offered a 28-day outpatient treatment program, but veterans who needed further help had to travel to Little Rock or out of state to access long-term, inpatient care.

courtesy: Van Buren Original

Three new restaurants are expected to open in downtown Van Buren in the next six months. The owners of The Vault 1905 Sports Grill, Crazy Cajun-Mex and The Pasta Grill are all busy updating and restoring the hundred-year-old buildings that house their establishments.

Courtesy / Harrie Farrow

Since President Trump’s inauguration, Harrie Farrow of Eureka Springs has made several trips to Washington, D.C. to participate in acts of civil disobedience, many of which have gotten her arrested. This week, she went to Capitol Hill to protest the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, who the president nominated to the Supreme Court. Like dozens of other protesters, Farrow was escorted out and arrested for disrupting the hearing. Several photographers captured the moment Farrow was taken out of the chamber by two police officers.

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BikeNWA is launching protected bike lane pilots in Springdale, Siloam Springs and Fayetteville to show city leaders and residents how on-street bike infrastructure works. The organization is starting with a round of public input meetings on all three projects. The Springdale pilot is focusing on a stretch of Maple Avenue between Pleasant and Holcomb streets and will use delineators called “zebras” to separate the bike lanes from the road.

Courtesy / Lisa Orton

This week, the Fayetteville Planning Commission voted to recommend the approval of two rezoning requests for about 140 acres of land on Markham Hill submitted by Specialized Real Estate Group. The rezoning requests are part of a development proposal that would create a neighborhood of several hundred homes on the hill, as well as open up the property to some additional commercial development to support the Pratt Inn and Barn.