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Last updated on Friday, March 27, 2015, 9:28 am

Paul Gatling

Downtown Memory Lane (EDITOR'S NOTE)

There is an activity level on the downtown square in Bentonville that hasn’t been seen since … well, maybe ever. A terrific cover story written by Richard Massey about developments in the downtown food and hospitality industry explains just the latest example. Reading it sent me down a reflective rabbit hole that dates back to my arrival in Northwest Arkansas. In January 2001, I loaded up my pickup truck and a rented U-Haul trailer and left a job in Arkadelphia working for former State Sen. Percy Malone for Bentonville. I had a job lined up working for the daily newspaper, The Benton County Daily Record, and one of the best parts was being in an office near the square. The BCDR offices were just a block up from the square, on Southwest A Street, and I thought to myself, “This... [ MORE ]

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