Every Day Life

Easter Fashion’s most Regrettable Accessory

Easter Fashion’s most Regrettable Accessory

Regardless of age, Easter is such a ceremonious holiday. It seems to announce the arrival of spring, and brings on feelings of rejuvenation and replenishment. We feel like new life has been breathed back into our frigid, winter-chilled bones. But as with most holidays, much preparation and planning go into pulling off a perfect festivity. […]

April 1, 2016 | By More

Backyard Living

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

Outdoors

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

Community Commerce

Advanced Solutions, Inc.

Advanced Solutions, Inc.

Nestled in the first story of a yellow house on 4th Street in Russellville is Advanced Solutions Incorporated, also known as ASI. The dual computer networking and accounting company has been servicing the River Valley since 1999 and only shows signs of growth. Spearheaded by Willy Wijaya, president, and Monty Kasselman, founder and CFO, ASI […]

March 1, 2016 | By More

Valley Vittles

Smooth and Salubrious

Smooth and Salubrious

“Smoothie” is a vague description of the actual… beverage? Food? Just how do you classify a smoothie? Maybe that ambiguity is what led to the dubious name because a smoothie isn’t really either and it’s almost both. The only certainty of a smoothie is that it’s a blend. Crushed fruits have been on a menu […]

April 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
Reaching for the High Notes

Reaching for the High Notes

The Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) provides an outlet for a chosen few of the state’s best young performers under the guidance of Geoffrey Robson, associate conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and music director for the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra. Students ages 9 to 20 are eligible. If selected, they are invited to play […]

April 1, 2016 | By More
See, Feel, Understand, Love, Have Faith

See, Feel, Understand, Love, Have Faith

If you don’t know who Aldo Leopold was, please, stop reading this essay right now and do a Google search. I’m not kidding. If you’re in to fish and wildlife and healthy ecosystems and how  biological systems from the formation of proteins on up to the biosphere hinge on one another to encourage and enable […]

March 1, 2016 | By More