Every Day Life

Only if you’re REALLY good

Only if you’re REALLY good

As the mother of a rambunctious boy, I take drastic measures to avoid taking my son to certain stores, specifically Walmart. Even during a quick trip, something will happen to make me regret taking him. I’m very thankful for the accommodating Nana and Meme and my sister Amy for allowing me to drop off Raff […]

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Backyard Living

Webs of significance

Webs of significance

I first noticed the spider webs while walking around the base of Spring Mountain one Saturday afternoon in late June. Ducking underneath and between the spiny limbs of the new growth forest, I collected sticky strands of silk in my hair and on my arms. This wasn’t intentional, of course. I kept trying to dodge […]

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Outdoors

Late boneset: A fragrant  late-summer pollinator favorite

Late boneset: A fragrant late-summer pollinator favorite

The flower in all of these photos is late boneset. It goes by a few other names — lateflowering thoroughwort, white boneset, and late-flowering boneset. It’s scientific name is Eupatorium serotinum and it’s a member of the aster family. Late boneset is a native plant, common in pastures, forest openings and along roadsides throughout the […]

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Community Commerce

River Valley Music Center

River Valley Music Center

The River Valley Music Center has all the traditional elements of learning music with the convenience of learning in a studio space. “When I was growing up, I went to someone’s house to take lessons,” owner Jason Muncy said. “River Valley Music Center takes you away from not knowing what is going on in someone’s […]

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Valley Vittles

Fresh as Ozark dew

Fresh as Ozark dew

Just up Highway 7, past Dover and Pleasant View, beyond God’s Little Half Acre and Moccasin Gap, a few miles north of Cowell and Mockingbird Hill, down in a valley carved out by the Little Buffalo River, you’ll find Jasper. It’s about as close to Mayberry as you can get. And it’s not that far […]

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On a Personal Note

Generational Thinking

Generational Thinking

Guest Written by Dr. Mark Gotcher, Russellville School District Superintendent Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials… these are names given to the last set of generational groups in modern history. Depending on what researcher you’re reading, the last millennial graduated from high school in 2017. So who is in our classrooms today? Who are […]

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Other Recent Posts

Editors Notebook: Scenes of summer

Editors Notebook: Scenes of summer

The mockingbird is stationed at the tiptop of a giant pine in our front yard in the gray light. His renditions come out in this order — cardinal, Chuck-wills-widow, summer tanager, thrasher — along with pieces of other broken melodies mixed with various warbles and flutes. A towhee joins him in song from across the […]

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Remnants

Remnants

Before there was a Russellville, a River Valley, or even an Arkansas, there was The Natural State in its natural state. Sweeping prairies filled with remarkable biodiversity — insects, birds, bison, elk, red wolves, and flora of innumerable varieties — were part of River Valley prehistory. Today, we can glimpse a shadow of this once […]

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Wisdom fell from the trees

Wisdom fell from the trees

Something in the tall grass had Rudy’s full attention. He was locked on point like a bird dog for a few seconds before springing into the air with that decidedly canine pounce – arched back and front paws extended – so typical of coyotes and foxes when they’re hunting rodents. I should clarify that Rudy […]

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