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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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In May, Arkansas allowed restaurants to re-open their dining rooms to the public with reduced capacity, adjusted seating space, mask requirements and health screenings for employees. But even now, many local restaurants are still trying to find safe ways to reach customers- from to-go only or outside seating. And as colder weather approaches some establishments are uncertain about what they'll do next.

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About seven miles of new soft-surface trails have opened at Fayetteville's Millsap Mountain while the rest of the development of Centennial Park continues. The trails can be used by hikers and trail runners, but they are specifically optimized for mountain bikes. The open portions of the park include both beginner and intermediate trails.

The expansion of Fayetteville Public Library is entering its final phase. The entire building will be closed starting Sunday, Sept. 27, until late November to wrap up construction, but many services will remain available.

The USDA has issued a waiver allowing schools to serve free meals to all children, not just students, through Dec. 31 or until funding runs out. Fayetteville Public Schools is one district that has opted in to the program. From the closure of schools in March to the beginning of August, the district has served more than 165,000 meals on 109 serving days.

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Fayetteville city leaders gathered at Fay Jones Woods on Thursday to break ground on phase one of the construction of the Cultural Arts Corridor, which voters approved in a special bond election in 2019. Phase one will include the development of the woods, streetscape improvements along West Avenue and the reconstruction of parts of the Razorback Regional Greenway.

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After Fayetteville voters approved nearly $37 million in funding for a new police department headquarters in a special election in 2019, the city has entered the design phase of the project. But following the recent police shootings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake, opponents are calling for the money to be invested elsewhere.

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The Fayetteville City Board of Health is sending a letter to Gov. Asa Hutchinson requesting that antigen tests be included in his daily reports. The board chairman says tracking both PCR and antigen tests will provide better data.

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Following four hours of public comment at a special meeting Wednesday, the Fayetteville City Council voted unanimously to accept a grant that will partially fund the 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force, which is made up of 10 law enforcement agencies in Washington and Madison Counties.

After four hours of hearing from school and police department officials, as well as the public on Tuesday, the Fayetteville City Council essentially rejected a grant that would have funded two more school resource officers in the Fayetteville School District. While some residents offered their support, critics of the SRO program pointed to statistics that show more than half of the arrests made by Fayetteville SROs since 2016 were of Black students.