The Bentonville School Board voted this month to make online video games a sanctioned high school activity. Esports programs will be be open to students at Bentonville and Bentonville West High Schools. District Technology Director Thomas Rice tells us more about how one competes in an esport.

The University of Arkansas Walton College of Business is opening up its Innovate 2 Lead training to business owners and civic leaders this week with a free two-day seminar in Bentonville. Registration is required and space is limited. Interested parties should contact Jessica Salmon at for availability.

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Lake Bentonville Park is set to close to the public for about a year as it undergoes extensive renovations, which include removing the manmade dam to expand the lake. Included in the plans for the property are its long-time occupants: beavers that have built their own dams on the wetlands next door. 

This month, the Bentonville Planning Commission approved a multifamily housing development called City U that will be located near downtown. City Councilman Bill Burckart says the project will address some of the concerns expressed by the Northwest Arkansas Regional Housing Task Force, which provided insights for a forthcoming report on the region’s housing woes.

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Bentonville-based Game Composites, an aircraft manufacturer with a facility at Louise Thaden Field, obtained a production certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration this week. The certificate allows the company to produce the GB1 Gamebird plane and deliver it to customers worldwide.