Every Day Life

Victory!

Victory!

Before we blink an eye, the Christmas season is upon us… Again. I myself am an avid lover of all things Christmas: the lights, the music, the food, and the merriment. I am not, however, as big a fan of Christmas shopping. The overall madness of the experience is just too much for me. Every […]

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Backyard Living

Lessons of the Jalapeno Flower

Lessons of the Jalapeno Flower

The breeze chilled my skin as the sun dipped just below the tips of the pines. Only 4 p.m., I still protested the shorter days and longer nights. The first frost of the season, despite our warmer than average fall, would come right on time. I headed toward the garden to harvest the last of […]

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Outdoors

Proselytizing

Proselytizing

You don’t wake up one morning and decide to become an evangelist. It’s an organic progression that stems from emotion and something more, something deeper. An energy grows within until it reaches the limits of containment and pours out of you. Everything you say and do is unconsciously linked to the energy. Even if you […]

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Community Commerce

First State Bank

First State Bank

First State Bank has been providing community and commercial service to the River Valley since it opened its Plainview office in the early 1990s. Now, with four Russellville offices and an Ola office, father-son duo Charlie and Chip Blanchard, company chief executive officer and president respectively, say the company is going to remain small, local. […]

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Valley Vittles

Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls

We’re not sticklers for Christmas traditions. Sometimes we decorate and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we open gifts on Christmas morning and sometimes on Christmas Eve. But there is one time-honored ritual in which we simply must indulge: watching at least one episode of “A Christmas Story.” We build a fire in the fireplace, needed or […]

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On a Personal Note

A Helping Hand

A Helping Hand

Guest Written by Cynthia Callahan Live Generously.  As a member of Zion Lutheran Church at Augsburg, a Rotarian, a Pope County Habitat for Humanity board member and a Thrivent Financial Representative, I spend much of my time helping people live generously by connecting them with community needs.  Americans are generous people who are more than […]

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Survival Flight: In the Cockpit

Survival Flight: In the Cockpit

They TELL ME nothing compareS to watching the sunrise from a 407 Bell model helicopter, or starting your day in Russellville, Arkansas and ending it in Dallas, Texas. Commercial, military, or private — the market always has room for them, and they found their place in the arms of emergency services. Emergency service pilots Eric, […]

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The hands behind Brother Down Sound

The hands behind Brother Down Sound

If you walk down South Commerce Avenue in downtown Russellville, you’ll find a number of new shops that have popped up within the past year. One of those quaint little shops is Brother Down Sound. Garrett Brolund, 27-year-old luthier from Alabama, opened Brother Down Sound in February. He said only one person has understood the […]

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Naturally Brewed in the Natural State

Naturally Brewed in the Natural State

On 10 acres just outside of Subiaco, Liz and Mike Preston are making their dreams come true. They’ve bought an old homesteader’s land and have been hard at work in the hills and hollows building a quaint little brewery and organic farm. Liz runs the show — a strong woman with red hair and a […]

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