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A taste of the Old World

A taste of the Old World

You don’t have to travel abroad to find a taste of European cuisine. A trip down state Highway 186 in Altus wine country will lead you to the family-owned Wiederkehr Restaurant. The Wiederkehr family has deep historical roots in the area, and have been in the wine business for generations. The restaurant today was once […]

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October 1, 2017 | By More
A life sculpted by art

A life sculpted by art

Vibrant oil paintings decorate the interior of the Lemley House Art Guild, one of the many art studios in the historic downtown district of Russellville. The musty scent of fresh oil paint stains the air. Shelves overflow with tubes and brushes. There is little surface that hasn’t been graced with paint. Within these canvas covered […]

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Días de los Muertos

Días de los Muertos

Every year beginning on October 31 and ending on November 2, millions of people around the world celebrate the Days of The Dead, or Días de los Muertos. It’s primarily a Mexican holiday, although it is now celebrated in most latin countries and areas with large hispanic populations. It has been a long held belief […]

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Jack

Jack

What is it that makes me nervous you ask? It’s just this pumpkin. I bought it yesterday from some roadside stand along Highway 64. There was something about the stand that called to me. In fact, I heard a voice plain as day tell me to stop as a black and white banner stretched above […]

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Shake it off

Shake it off

Few people show as much lifelong dedication to their craft as Terry Holland of Russellville. She’s been practicing the Middle Eastern art of belly dance since 1974. Over the years, she has become a prolific dancer and has been instrumental in developing Arkansas’s belly dance community. Terry, or “Zahara” as her audience knows her, got […]

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Believe we can change the world

Believe we can change the world

“It’s like Because We Can is a book, and food recovery is just the first few chapters,” said Kendall Tubb, the organization’s cofounder. “We have done a bunch of different projects, but the whole reason why we started this was simply to make a difference in society. The whole point is to promote social justice, […]

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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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My Hometown: Atkins

My Hometown: Atkins

Beautifully crafted antique buildings of faded paint and cracked brick stand, built to last, in the once prosperous town square of Atkins, Arkansas, a city aged with 144 years’ worth of history and character. The wide streets lay mostly vacant apart from a collection of cars that line the road outside of Jose’s International Café. […]

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Fresh as Ozark dew

Fresh as Ozark dew

Just up Highway 7, past Dover and Pleasant View, beyond God’s Little Half Acre and Moccasin Gap, a few miles north of Cowell and Mockingbird Hill, down in a valley carved out by the Little Buffalo River, you’ll find Jasper. It’s about as close to Mayberry as you can get. And it’s not that far […]

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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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