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Season of Peace

Season of Peace

It seems to happen during the week of Thanksgiving every year. Usually there’s a few warm, breezy, and muggy days — though we are deep into autumn, these are the last gasps of summer — before a chilling front moves through and all of sudden it’s winter. I love those mornings afterward. Though I already […]

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December 1, 2017 | By More
Wisdom comes from dirty hands

Wisdom comes from dirty hands

Opinions are like… elbows. Everyone has a couple. Is that how the saying goes? It sure seems like it on social media where you can read lengthy pontification on anything you care to know about, and even things you didn’t want to know about. And it’s often from someone who wouldn’t know their elbow from […]

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November 1, 2017 | By More
Phone-less days

Phone-less days

This is going to blow some minds, but back in the 70s and 80s, sometimes an entire day would go by and I would never speak to my parents unless it was in person. Sometimes I’d spend the day at the creek or in the woods or at a friend’s house without any communication with […]

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September 1, 2017 | By More
Editors Notebook: Scenes of summer

Editors Notebook: Scenes of summer

The mockingbird is stationed at the tiptop of a giant pine in our front yard in the gray light. His renditions come out in this order — cardinal, Chuck-wills-widow, summer tanager, thrasher — along with pieces of other broken melodies mixed with various warbles and flutes. A towhee joins him in song from across the […]

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July 7, 2017 | By More
Red Devil Proud

Red Devil Proud

I’d lived half of my 45 years in Atkins but this might have been a first. I could not see Crow Mountain. A thick, chilly January fog had swallowed the monolith that stands like a guardian over my little hometown. No matter where you stood in Atkins you could always see Crow Mountain. But not […]

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February 1, 2017 | By More
A beast in the bloodline

A beast in the bloodline

My 17-month-old granddaughter weighs only 17 pounds. She’s tiny, in the bottom percentile of both length and weight for her age, though healthy as can be. She’s a bundle of energy and gab on a level I can’t find anywhere else on this side of the family tree. But I’m thinking one genetic trait from […]

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November 1, 2016 | By More
Local Lore

Local Lore

Creatures and happenings on the periphery of reality always spring to mind as the shadows lengthen in October. It’s the time of year we draw closer to the fire both literally and metaphorically. We yearn for comfort from the chill, from the uncomfortable, from the unexplained, and from the unknown. In this issue of ABOUT, […]

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October 1, 2016 | By More
Number 43

Number 43

Arkansas Tech University is my alma mater, but, like nearly everyone from The Natural State, I’m a member of the Razorback congregation. I don’t remember when I became a Razorback fan. I think it was kind of like carrying the family name — I was born into it. There wasn’t another option. I do remember […]

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September 2, 2016 | By More
It was 1980 something

It was 1980 something

If you’ve still got your Van Halen 5150 cassette, go ahead and click it into the deck and push play. If you could never dig on “Van Hagar” then Bon Jovi or Guns & Roses or Poison or Ratt will work. But you gotta have some Alabama and Waylon, and maybe some Hank Sr. to […]

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July 1, 2016 | By More
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 […]

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June 23, 2016 | By More