Every Day Life

The Best Summer Job Ever!

The Best Summer Job Ever!

Story and Illustration by CLIFF THOMAS My first realization that I needed to make my own money was in the fifth grade. It was 1977. Star Wars had just come out. I wanted action figures. My mom and dad were great about buying them for me, but once they acquired the movie’s starring cast they […]

Backyard Living

Strawberry Memories

Strawberry Memories

“Mom, can we go outside and pick strawberries?” Surprised by my eight-year-old son’s request, I finished cleaning up dinner and headed outside with Drew and his sister Alyssa. All three of us began filling our buckets with strawberries. While I continued searching for the ripe ones that were hidden from sight, I looked up to […]

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Outdoors

Time for Junior to Get a Job

Time for Junior to Get a Job

I’m a Pisces — born under the sign of the fishes. I won’t go far into the backstory of my childhood fishing obsession here, but I’m positive the Zodiac had something to do with it. Everyone in the family says I could cast a rod and reel before I could walk and it got worse […]

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Community Commerce

C&D Drug Store

C&D Drug Store

So many staples make Russellville the Mayberry-like, picturesque town that it is. From the eclectic array of superb eateries, the peppy joggers who fill the sidewalks of Main Street, down to the friendly faces working cheerfully in our local businesses, you cannot make it a mile without finding a bit of small town charm. To […]

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Valley Vittles

The Perfect Summer Sandwich

The Perfect Summer Sandwich

It’s hot. It is, after all, July in Arkansas. We complain about it. Even though Arkansas summers have been hot and muggy since long before there was an Arkansas, we still complain about it. And we look for ways to cool down. Getting out of the kitchen is a good start, and it goes a […]

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On a Personal Note

My First Taste of Freedom

My First Taste of Freedom

Guest Written by Stephanie Brison In the late 1970s, young girls did not have too many choices for a summer job. I did what so many others did: I babysat. Even after more than thirty-five years have flown by, I can still recall the excitement, anxiety, and apprehension of my jump into “maturity.” First of […]

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Sup Yoga – Seeking Balance

Sup Yoga – Seeking Balance

Although yoga as a practice or sport or discipline has steadily worked its way into the mainstream, its offshoot and far more difficult byproduct, sup yoga, is still obscure enough to raise a few eyebrows at its mention. It raised mine. If you’re familiar with stand up paddleboards (SUP), you know where this is going. […]

June 3, 2015 | By More
Goodbye to the only place I’ve known

Goodbye to the only place I’ve known

Guest written by Alex Duvall I’ve lived my entire life in the Arkansas River Valley. I was born at Saint Mary’s on May 27, 1993 and attended Atkins Public School from the first day of kindergarten until the day I got my diploma. Last month I graduated from Arkansas Tech University with two degrees, and […]

We All Live Downstream

We All Live Downstream

“Water water everywhere, nor any drop to drink…” This line from “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner,” a poem by Englishman Samuel Taylor Coleridge, perfectly captures the water situation in Arkansas and many parts of the South. Water everywhere but you can’t drink it. Earth’s surface is mostly covered by water to the tune of […]

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