Courtesy / Two Friends Books

The owners of Two Friends Books recently announced they're moving out of their pop-up space at Airschip Coffee to their own brick and mortar location in downtown Bentonville. The indpendent bookstore will be located in a 300-square-foot space on the corner of SW 7th and SW B Streets.

Today Pete talks with Jack Gibbs and Adam Sloter from Hope Academy to discuss the new public, tuition-free charter school.  Hope Academy of Northwest Arkansas serves children K-3 suffering from persistent trauma and is specialized in helping these children succeed in the classroom.

Open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year starting in August is ongoing now through February 14. 

Visit the Hope Academy website for more information.

Courtesy / Flyaway Geese

The City of Bentonville is preparing to purchase a trained border collie to convince the geese at Bentonville Municipal Airport to leave. The birds are dangerous to planes that are taking off and landing and prior methods, like decoys and laser lights, have not worked. 

Courtesy / City of Bentonville

A fire that took place at United Industries in Bentonville Wednesday is now under investigation, but fire department officials say they don't believe it was a criminal act. The fire started outside the building causing the collapse of three silos containing polystyrene pellets used in United Industries foam products.

The Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with Venture Noire, an entrepreneurial resource organization designed specifically for diverse business owners, to offer workshops, mentorship programs, trainings and boot camps aimed at entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds.