Author Archive: Karen Rickets

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My heart never left

My heart never left

Billy and Marlene Newton’s breathtaking home is built on natural and family heritage. Just a few miles east of Russellville sits 500 acres rich in biodiversity. The land offers sanctuary for native wildlife and for a family with deep roots in the River Valley. Billy and Marlene Newton call this property home. The Newtons own […]

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River Valley Music Center

River Valley Music Center

The River Valley Music Center has all the traditional elements of learning music with the convenience of learning in a studio space. “When I was growing up, I went to someone’s house to take lessons,” owner Jason Muncy said. “River Valley Music Center takes you away from not knowing what is going on in someone’s […]

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August 1, 2017 | By More
Remnants

Remnants

Before there was a Russellville, a River Valley, or even an Arkansas, there was The Natural State in its natural state. Sweeping prairies filled with remarkable biodiversity — insects, birds, bison, elk, red wolves, and flora of innumerable varieties — were part of River Valley prehistory. Today, we can glimpse a shadow of this once […]

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Riggs CAT

Riggs CAT

Riggs Cat has proudly been serving customers in Arkansas for the past 90 years. “We have been a caterpillar dealer in the state of Arkansas since 1927,” assistant branch manager Kevin Duvall said. “We are fourth generation owners with fifth generation employees.” There are eight different Riggs Cat store locations in Arkansas with 400 employees […]

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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
Meadow on the Mountain

Meadow on the Mountain

Nestled in the crest of Atkins’ hillsides, Meadow on the Mountain is a wedding venue that will take your breath away. A two-story structure overlooking the natural beauty of the River Valley and banked by a rolling meadow, it has a welcoming southern charm. “Rustic elegant is the theme that we’ve been going with,” said […]

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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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The Best Gift

The Best Gift

May, the season for graduations: a time for ceremonious goodbyes and nerve-racking beginnings. Whether you are a graduating high school senior or a college graduate, I understand your apprehension and excitement of being on the brink of starting anew. I first graduated from Arkansas Tech in 2015 with a journalism degree and now two years […]

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Russellville Lawn & Landscaping

Russellville Lawn & Landscaping

Springtime: the time of year when lawnmowers are awakened and the low drone cuts through the pollen-filled air. This is a busy time of year for lawn care businesses such as Russellville Lawn and Landscape. Being in business for 15 years, Russellville Lawn and Landscape not only produces quality work, but also cultivates personal relationships […]

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Advanced Collision Solutions

Advanced Collision Solutions

Advanced Collision Solutions is the very definition of growing a business from the ground up. What started as an empty lot on the outskirts of Russellville is now a thriving automotive collision repair enterprise. Richard Shilling had a vision for the lot in 2005 and recruited Dwane Ahrens to manage the budding business. “I left […]

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