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Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo

Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo

If you haven’t seen or heard Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloo, a five-piece rock band based in Russellville, you’re missing out on one of the best bands to come out of the Arkansas River Valley. Their new extended play (EP) recording “Femi-Socialite” paints a sonic landscape full of dark moody valleys and colorful, reverb-drenched mountaintops. […]

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June 1, 2017 | By More
Rust

Rust

When Eric Edens’ 1940 Plymouth springs to life you hear it. With the flip of a switch and a puff of smoke, the big block 413 engine roars to life through a set of cut-off headers. The sound is both deafening and awe inspiring. To some folks, a car is an appliance. It gets you […]

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April 1, 2017 | By More
Redefining Age

Redefining Age

Holly Ruth Gale is 54 years old, but she doesn’t act it. She sits tall, spry, and full of life. For Holly Ruth, life is meant to build momentum over time. Born in Dardanelle, Arkansas, her tenure as Arkansas Tech associate professor of music began in 1994. She teaches women’s choir, applied voice, vocal solo […]

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February 1, 2017 | By More
Improving the lives of strays one furry friend at a time

Improving the lives of strays one furry friend at a time

No Kill Russellville is a grassroots organization of activists and game changers dedicated to the care and fair treatment of animals. As a group, their goal is to lower the “kill rate” of the Russellville Animal shelter by providing low cost spay/neuter clinics and microchipping, volunteers, and adoption drives. Since 2012, Whitney Hickerson and her […]

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December 1, 2016 | By More
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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November 1, 2016 | By More
Tusk

Tusk

Arkansas’s wooly, toothsome, fighting spirit incarnate has a long week ahead of him. It’s three days until the University of Arkansas football game in Fayetteville, and Tusk, the beloved Razorback mascot, is getting a bath. See, Tusk’s life isn’t like any ordinary hog’s. From his home near Dardanelle, he’ll be whisked around the state for […]

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September 1, 2016 | By More
The Science of a Sunset

The Science of a Sunset

Red sky at night Sailor’s delight Red sky in the morning Sailors take warning This ancient rhyme is so old that it predates the Bible, but did you know it has a scientific explanation? Why do red skies at night indicate calm seas, while red skies in the morning forecast squalls and stormy weather? To […]

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August 1, 2016 | By More
Directing Sunbeams

Directing Sunbeams

Nothing says the growing season is here quite like the drone of bees diligently collecting their golden nectar, and nothing tastes quite as nice as sweet wildflower honey. Just northeast of Russellville, Rick Holland’s bees have been gathering nectar in Hector since 1986, making Holland Family Honey a staple in the River Valley for 30 […]

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July 1, 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 […]

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April 1, 2016 | By More
Mindful Fashion

Mindful Fashion

Ana Kilani’s aesthetic describes her character. “Minimally eccentric,” she calls it. She’s small, elegant, soft spoken. Perhaps not what you would expect from a young entrepreneur. Her aesthetic extends to her workspace. Everything has function and everything has a simple beauty. She works in a charming old house, her childhood home, near downtown Russellville. Its […]

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February 1, 2016 | By More