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Fight Like Bryce!

Fight Like Bryce!

There is hardly a person who hasn’t been directly or indirectly affected by cancer. We all know someone who has battled cancer: a loved one, a close friend, a neighbor, or your co-worker. Perhaps you are a cancer survivor. Among the horror stories of chemo and radiation treatment, we hear of the men and women […]

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June 1, 2017 | By More
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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Full house & fulfilled life

Full house & fulfilled life

Lori Johnson surveyed the concerned eyes of doctors seated around her. An intimidating experience to be certain, this midwife with a high school education knew she could not give up. Her six-month-old daughter’s life lay in the balance. She knew when she started the process of adopting this Chinese baby that something was terribly wrong. […]

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May 1, 2017 | By More
Block and roll

Block and roll

“The first thing we teach you is how to fall,” Erin Clair says as the women strap on wrist guards, pull on a couple of knee pads, lace their skates up tight, quickly clip on a helmet and start practice with a couple of warm up laps before doing a series of modified exercises. Erin […]

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May 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
Sweet Pastels

Sweet Pastels

Pastel sweetness has been a hallmark of Easter since the 1800s when egg-shaped sugar pastries starting popping up in German immigrant bakeries. The pastries celebrated the return of “der Osterhase” or “ the Easter hare,” which soon became everyone’s favorite bunny… before Bugs of course. Since those first egg-shaped pastries, the spring saccharine scene has […]

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My Hometown – Dardanelle

My Hometown – Dardanelle

I grew up in Dardanelle through the 1970s and 80s. My parents came of age in the same small town in the 1950s and 60s. Back in the early 1900s, their parents grew up in the logging community of Harkey’s Valley and the cotton farming community of Carden Bottoms, outlying rural communities for which Dardanelle […]

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Laissez les bon temps rouler

Laissez les bon temps rouler

Confession time. I dearly love Arkansas and the River Valley. I love the mountains and river bottoms. I love the creeks and lakes. I love the culture. I love the people… most of them anyway. This is home. But here’s the confession: I could be persuaded to move south, way south into coastal Louisiana to […]

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March 1, 2017 | By More
Working with the grain

Working with the grain

The sound of chitchat drifted from the open doorway. At first glance the shop might seem unorganized, every countertop piled with an assortment of wood blocks and woodworking tools. But with further inspection, you can see a method behind the madness. Every clamp, saw, gouge and miscellaneous piece of wood has a place in the […]

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Wren’s Song

Wren’s Song

It’s the fall semester of 2015 and I’m standing on a makeshift stage in the Arkansas Tech student center with a guitar strapped across my shoulders.  For all intents and purposes we’re in a food court with bad acoustics.  In front of me is a surprisingly large crowd of students. To my left is Wren […]

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