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Russellville Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic

February 1, 2018 | By More
Russellville Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic

Russellville Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic opened February 22, 2016. Gerri Standridge, office manager at the clinic explains that Dr. Pilkington and Dr. Kirby opened the clinic to provide support for families and to offer “localized care in a smaller setting.” Today the clinic serves patients from zero to twenty years old and together their doctors […]

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Can you be be an Arkansan and not like ham?

February 1, 2018 | By More
Can you be be an Arkansan and not like ham?

Growing up, ham was a regular meat option at every meal after the holidays. Seemed like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and even sometimes Independence Day involved a huge Petit Jean ham that, try as we did, always had leftovers. Pork was what’s for breakfast, often lunch, and sometimes dinners afterward for days. And we never got […]

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Look around the rough edges

February 1, 2018 | By More
Look around the rough edges

Most folks know American pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) by its colloquial name — poke sallet. If you grew up around any semi-feral areas, from clear-cuts and hayfields to empty city lots, you probably saw American pokeweed growing in those forgotten areas. It’s a North American native found throughout the continent and tenacious in its existence. You […]

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Good things grow for those who wait

February 1, 2018 | By More
Good things grow for those who wait

I stepped down from the truck’s passenger side onto the parking lot at Lowe’s. Unseasonably warm February air greeted me, stoking my longing for spring. But whatever we had come for flitted from my mind the instant I saw the vibrant green signs. I mumbled something to my husband about meeting him later, though I […]

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Some things never change

February 1, 2018 | By More
Some things never change

This is where I’m supposed to give an obligatory rundown on all the obligatory changes we’ve made in the magazine for the new year. You know the drill. We mark another journey around the sun — something the planet has been doing pretty much along the same path and within the same time frame for […]

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Bellwether

December 1, 2017 | By More
Bellwether

Standing along Winrock Road on top of Petit Jean Mountain is a big red barn, home of the Petit Jean Farmer’s Market and a hub of this small rural community. Established in 2010, the market is open on Saturdays with a pop-up market the first Saturday of the month. Outside you will see a variety […]

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My Hometown: Morrilton

December 1, 2017 | By More
My Hometown: Morrilton

In 1825, about a mile south of present-day Morrilton, a trading post was established by Major William Lewis and his son Stephen D. Lewis.  They called the area Lewisburg.  Because of its location on the Arkansas River this new little town thrived and had a population of nearly 2,000 by the time of its incorporation […]

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Managing dementia with dignity

December 1, 2017 | By More
Managing dementia with dignity

Every month caregivers and professionals from around the region gather around a table at River Valley Hospice in Russellville for the Purple Angels Advocates meeting. Their mission, explains Rhonda Horton, development and community outreach officer for Arkansas Hospice, is to make “the River Valley a dementia-friendly community.” Purple Angel Advocates is a global network upholding […]

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The people before us

December 1, 2017 | By More
The people before us

When I look around our home—watch the sunrise come up between Mount Nebo and Jones Mountain, watch the changing trees on Springs Mountain—I often wonder about indigenous tribes that once owned this land. I know about my grandfather’s history here. I know at one point there was a healing springs community based on the sulphur […]

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West Main Gallery: Antiques & More

December 1, 2017 | By More
West Main Gallery: Antiques & More

West Main Gallery in downtown Russellville has been open for a little over two years furnishing the River Valley with one-of-a-kind presents, home furniture, and holiday gift items. The gallery operates as a vendor mall where vendors rent spaces to run their own stores with the gallery providing the personnel and staff to make this […]

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