Every Day Life

Dad-pattern Baldness

Dad-pattern Baldness

As the school year winds down, regimented morning routines tend to mellow, and the manic production of getting kids to school on time becomes less frenzied. The mood of the AM hours gets a boost with the arrival of warmer temperatures and brighter skies. One spring morning, as my son and I were preparing to […]

May 1, 2016 | By More

Backyard Living

Stuck

Stuck

One of my daughter’s first words was “stuck.” She used it to mean “this thing won’t work” or “this block is too big for this box” or “I really want to climb up in this chair and I need your help.” It was particularly helpful for when she accidentally wedged herself between the couch and […]

May 1, 2016 | By More

Outdoors

Tagged Out

Tagged Out

Every Arkansas hunter knows what the phrase “tagged out” means. Arkansas game laws require deer and turkey to be tagged when brought to hand. The process involves removing a tag from your hunting license, filling it out with the appropriate information (time and date of kill, sex of animal, hunting zone, etc.) and then affixing […]

May 1, 2016 | By More

Community Commerce

Millyn’s

Millyn’s

Front Street Dardanelle hasn’t changed much since 1969. The businesses come and go but the character of an old Southern river downtown district is still intact. The brick and mortar structures lining Front Street shrug off the years. And at least one of those businesses from 1969 has aged nicely as well. The business, in […]

May 1, 2016 | By More

Valley Vittles

You say kebab and I say kabob

You say kebab and I say kabob

All meat on a stick is not the same. There is a difference between shish kebab and shish kabob. Kebab is a Turkish word that means “roasted meat.” The Turkish word for “skewer” is shish so any meat on a stick is a shish kebab. Shish kabob, however, is a Western dish of meat sliced […]

May 1, 2016 | By More

On a Personal Note

An Unashamed Voice Speaks Hope

An Unashamed Voice Speaks Hope

Guest Written by Lesa Ford There are four words to describe what the Russ Buss did for me. They believed in me. They believed in me before I believed in myself. They loved me, genuinely loved me, until I could love myself. I originally met Fred during my fourth stint in rehab. I met him […]

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Our thoughts on the Pope County Library/lots/rezoning issue

Our thoughts on the Pope County Library/lots/rezoning issue

ABOUT the River Valley firmly and unequivocally supports the Pope County Library System and its growth. With that being said, we want to offer clarity regarding the current rezoning/library/Casey’s convenience store discussion. The debate is over the sale of two lots, and the rezoning of one of those lots, to Casey’s General Store, Inc. The […]

June 23, 2016 | By More
Something New Yet Familiar

Something New Yet Familiar

I did not know any fly anglers while growing up here, in the River Valley region of Arkansas. I read about them in the pages of Field & Stream and Sports Afield. I read advice from this guy named Lefty and another fellow named Wulff, but my fishing heroes drove fiberglass boats and threw the […]

April 1, 2016 | By More
The Possibilities are Endless

The Possibilities are Endless

“Mom, look! That’s the red carrot!” Alyssa’s eyes widened. “There’s a black carrot, too, and purple… oh! And here’s a yellow one!” My 5-year-old put down the seed catalog long enough to grab a pen. Studying each page meticulously, she circled varieties that caught her eye. She did make it clear she wasn’t promising to eat […]

April 1, 2016 | By More