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Early voting for a special election in Bentonville is underway. Election Day is Apr. 13. Voters are being asked to consider a bond extension that would support infrastructure and public safety improvement projects. A public meeting about the measure is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 8.

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Ouizi, an artist from Detroit, is creating a two-story mural in downtown Bentonville. She explains her method of transferring work from a digital drawing to paint on a building facade.

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Over the weekend, Downtown Bentonville distributed $13,000 in vouchers to customers to spend at participating retailers during the Shop the Block event. The initiative aims to boost revenue at businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year. 

All Saints' Episcopal Church in Bentonville has launched an initiative to raise funds to erase medical debt for vulnerable Arkansans. The church has partnered with RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit organization that purchases debt at a fraction of the cost and then forgives it instead of collecting it.

At the very end of 2020, The Holler at 8th Street Market in Bentonville announced it would be closing because of the pandemic's impact on the business, but it's possible it may reopen in the future. In the meantime, the space will be occupied by California-based Loanpal until the company can find a permanent location.

This week, the Walton Family Foundation unveiled its plan for working with foundations and nonprofits during the next five-year grantmaking cycle. The strategy coincides with a conference the foundation hosted, virtually, that ended today. The plan places a priority on three goals: championing community-driven change, collaboration with partners and placing specific attention on diversity, equity and inclusion in its grants.

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California-based financial technology company Loanpal, a renewable energy and home improvement lender, plans to open a new operating center in Bentonville that will create more than 100 jobs. The company will temporarily occupy what used to be The Holler at 8th Street Market. In this week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, Paul Gatling speaks with the head of Loanpal.


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There were a lot of firsts in Northwest Arkansas during the General Election in November as voters cast their ballots for a diverse class of local candidates. That trend continued into a handful of runoff elections this month when voters in Bentonville chose Gayatri Agnew to serve on the City Council and D'Andre Jones won his election for City Council in Fayetteville.

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The Preacher's Son in Bentonville is hosting a farewell dinner for Executive Chef Matt Cooper this Saturday. Cooper, who helped launch the reasturant located in a restored church in 2016, is leaving to develop his own farm-to-table concept. He speaks with us about the dining scene in Northwest Arkansas, working during a pandemic and his next steps.

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The Walton Family Foundation's Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program has provided grants to three projects this autumn in Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. Foundation leaders say public space design is a matter of importance now and for the post-pandemic future.