Zuzanna Sitek

Reporter, Ozarks at Large
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The University of Arkansas celebrated the opening of a trail system on the Oak Ridge Hillside between McIlroy Avenue and Clinton Drive near the Walton College of Business. The system includes a soft-surface mountain bike loop called the Freshman Experience, a decomposed granite walking trail, wooden stairs and the existing paved greenway.

The Hunt family of J.B. Hunt Transportation Company annouces it is making a $1 million investment every year for 10 years in early childhood education programs in Northwest Arkansas. Plus, Ozark Regional Transit continues to restore its fleet of buses after most of them were lost in a fire in 2017. And more on how and why the Ozark Regional Land Trust, which works to conserve thousands of acres of the Ozarks, occasionally has to divest of certain parcels.

This month, at the Early Childhood Workforce Summit, Jane Hunt Meade, the daughter of J.B. and Johnelle Hunt, announced her family will be making a $1 million investment every year for 10 years in early childhood education programs in Northwest Arkansas. The donation will be allocated through the Arkansas Community Foundation, which has put together a committee of experts to explore the best ways to deploy the funds.

Fort Smith residents and city leaders begin recovery efforts as the Arkansas River crests at 41 feet beating all previous records. Plus, two University of Arkansas professors find that placing imperceptible barcodes on products may prevent injuries among cashiers and lead to more retail efficiency. And the inaugural Pacific Islander Youth Summit is held at Har-Ber High School in Springdale.

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The Arkansas River in the River Valley crested at just below 41 feet Wednesday, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The water rose less than expected, but still beat the previous record of 38 feet. It also damaged nearly a thousand structures of which more than 600 were homes. As the river begins receding, residents and city leaders are undertaking recovery efforts. Volunteers can sign up to help here and monetary donations can be made to the United Way by texting FLOOD2019 to 91999.

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