Every Day Life

New Year, Old Me

New Year, Old Me

I’m an optimist. And as an optimist, I always look forward to having a clean slate, a do-over, a chance to begin again. All of these come once a year on January 1. I look forward to this date for weeks, pondering my resolutions, in search of the best “me.” This year was no different. […]

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Backyard Living

Learning Goes Both Ways

Learning Goes Both Ways

As soon as children begin verbal communication they learn to divide the world into categories. Things with wheels are automobiles. Things with four legs and wagging tails are dogs. Children’s books and programming focus on the importance of recognizing opposites. Things are hard or soft, hot and cold, big or little, open or closed. Those […]

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Outdoors

Fungus Among Us

Fungus Among Us

The woods are quiet during the early parts of the calendar year. Quiet, but not dead. Hikes are peaceful during these months; the insanity inducing buzz of buffalo gnats is replaced with emollient whispers of winter. The chilled breeze strikes remaining leaves of deciduous trees, an adventurous chipmunk unwraps a white oak acorn and the […]

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Community Commerce

Phil Wright Autoplex

Phil Wright Autoplex

Phil Wright Autoplex started out in 1975 when Phil Wright bought the Gosnell Chevrolet/Buick dealership in Russellville. He added Toyota around 1993 and brought along the rest of the General Motors family of cars just a few years later. The Phil Wright Autoplex today is home to 200-250 inventoried vehicles from Toyota and all current […]

Valley Vittles

Sweet Tooth Sacked

Sweet Tooth Sacked

Chocolate is derived from cacao seeds. It was first enjoyed nearly 2,000 years ago by the Mayans. The Aztecs believed that the blessed cacao seeds were a divine gift from their god of wisdom, the feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl. It wasn’t until centuries later that chocolate became a sensual symbol of one of our basic instincts, […]

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On a Personal Note

The Girl Outside of Blass

The Girl Outside of Blass

Guest written by John R. Pledger, Jr. Little did I know that when I went to my new job I would meet a girl who grew up on a street only one block from the street I grew up on. I grew up on Highway 10 in Danville, and she grew up on Ohio Street […]

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Bridal 2017 – The Heilmans

Bridal 2017 – The Heilmans

How did you and Wesley first meet? We met at a concert in Fayetteville through mutual friends. We have been together for almost four years now. What was your favorite part of the wedding? My favorite part of the wedding was our dog being there! He barked during the ceremony and added some humor, which […]

Red Devil Proud

Red Devil Proud

I’d lived half of my 45 years in Atkins but this might have been a first. I could not see Crow Mountain. A thick, chilly January fog had swallowed the monolith that stands like a guardian over my little hometown. No matter where you stood in Atkins you could always see Crow Mountain. But not […]

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My Hometown – Paris

My Hometown – Paris

Today, Paris, Arkansas claims 3,495 residents and is home to the Butterfly Festival, a replica of the Eiffel Tower, and the old Paris hospital. Some events, like Frontier Days, pay homage to the roots of the community that reach back to 1871 when what is now Logan County was carved out of the surrounding counties […]

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