Courtesy / Gayatri Agnew / D'Andre Jones

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.

Courtesy / Meredith Mashburn / The Preacher's Son

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.

After having to cancel this year's events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bentonville Soup organizers have released a Bentonville and Benton County-specific voter guide that includes information on candidates running for City Council, Quorum Court, and the state and U.S. House and Senate races. Bentonville Soup is a nonprofit that promotes community-based development by hosting crowdfunding dinner events.

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Two students at the University of Arkansas, one an undergrad and the other a doctoral candidate, are working on theses that explore the legacies of the Bentonville and Fayetteville chapters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in the region.

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Ansel Adams' photographs of the western U.S. helped define the 20th century vision of the American landscape. Ansel Adams in Our Time features more than a hundred of the photographer's works displayed alongside 19th century artists, as well as Adams' contemporary successors. The exhibit is on view Sept. 19 through Jan. 3.

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This week, the Arkansas Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Benton County Historical Society unveiled their plans for James H. Berry Park, which will be home to the Confederate monument that stood on the Bentonville square since 1908. The monument was removed earlier this month. It will be restored and eventually will be the centerpiece of the privately-owned park that will be open to the public.

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Bentonville-based Airship Coffee is opening a new open-air cafe at the Coler Mountain Bike Preserve. The outside location, which has been in development since 2018, will offer a full espresso menu, beer, wine and limited food items. There is no opening date set, but the company plans to announce a soft opening soon.

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Nick Cave: Until is on view at the Momentary Sept. 12 through Jan. 3, 2021. The exhibit is the largest project from the Chicago-based artist, who is known for his Soundsuits. Until is comprised of six installations and is a response to the question: Is there racism in heaven?

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The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Review Board approved the move of a controversial Confederate monument in Bentonville to a nearby private park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996 for commemorating Confederate Veterans and their cause, the statue was installed and is owned by James H. Berry Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.