Northwest Arkansas

Brandon Barber Sentenced to 65 Months in Prison for Fraud, Money Laundering
Brandon Barber

Brandon Barber Sentenced to 65 Months in Prison for Fraud, Money Laundering

Brandon Barber, a former northwest Arkansas developer, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 65 months in prison for bank fraud and money laundering. "More than a half-decade ago, I made bad decisions based on my selfishness and pride," Barber told Judge P.K. Holmes. "I failed those who loved and trusted me the most."
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New Shipping Law More Miss Than Hit, Arkansas Wine Producers Say

Arkansas' wine producers said Act 483, which went into effect in August 2013, puts the state wineries at a competitive disadvantage to out-of-state shippers. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration said 114 permits have been issued to allow shipping to Arkansas consumers, but only two permits have been given to a state winery.
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First National Bank of Paragould Gains Northwest Arkansas Presence (NWA Real Deals)

First Paragould Bankshares Inc. closed on its acquisition of five former Metropolitan National Bank branches in northwest Arkansas.
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Picasolar Receives $800k DOE Grant for Solar Efficiency

The $800,000 DOE grant will be matched by $200,000 from Picasolar. Douglas Hutchings, CEO of both Picasolar and Silicon Solar Solutions, said the SunShot awards are the most prestigious and competitive grants a solar startup can receive.
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Newk's Eatery Expanding to Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas is soon to have a plethora of Newk's Eatery restaurants in the area. read more >

Dennis Smiley's Wife Cynthia Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Cynthia Smiley, the wife of former Arvest Bank executive Dennis Smiley Jr., filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Thursday, listing $2.3 million in debts and $34,000 in assets. read more >

P.A.M. Transportation 3Q Net Income Doubles to $5M

P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. of Tontitown reported its second consecutive quarter of record earnings per share Tuesday. read more >

Crystal Bridges Announces 2015 Exhibits, Including Warhol, van Gogh, Pollock

The Bentonville museum will host "Van Gogh to Rothko: Masterworks From the Albright-Knox Art Gallery," bringing together "75 artworks by more than 39 influential artists from the late 19th century to the present." read more >

Bentonville's Transformation Subject of Ad Age Spotlight

Bentonville finds itself in the Advertising Age spotlight Tuesday. Ad Age has a look at how Bentonville -- aka Vendorville -- and the region have been transformed by the growth of Wal-Mart and its cache of vendors on the ground in northwest Arkansas. read more >

University of Arkansas Technology Park To Celebrate 10 Years

The park encompasses a total of 126 acres, with three multitenant facilities and three multidisciplinary research facilities comprising roughly 285,000 SF of research and development capacity. More than 20 UA research centers, institutes and labs call the park home. read more >

Womack Faces Easy Path in House Re-Election Bid

With no Democratic rival on the ballot and facing only a third-party candidate who's says he's running a "zero dollar" campaign, Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Womack has an easy path to a third term representing northwest Arkansas in Congress next year. read more >

University of Arkansas Alumna Gives $600k to Alma Mater

Hot Springs native and University of Arkansas alumna K. Denise Henderson is giving more than a half-million dollars to her alma mater. read more >

Wal-Mart Cheered, Jeered for Solar Power Efforts

No matter the situation the world's largest retailer involves itself in, rest assured, it will be analyzed, critiqued and questioned to excruciating levels. The latest area is solar power. read more >

Phil Elson Named Voice of Razorbacks Baseball, Women's Basketball

The longtime voice of the Arkansas Travelers is set to become the voice of the Arkansas Razorbacks' baseball and women's basketball teams. read more >

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