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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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August 1, 2017 | By More
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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August 1, 2017 | By More
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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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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July 1, 2017 | By More
Raise your salad bar

Raise your salad bar

We didn’t know what to expect when we started Valley Vittles here at ABOUT. We had a few dishes in mind to feature when the idea first bubbled up, but how far could we go? How soon would we run out of good food to write about and photograph? I mean, there’s only so many […]

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July 1, 2017 | By More
Igniting the Creative

Igniting the Creative

Walking down South Boulder Avenue, you’ll instantly recognize something different in downtown Russellville. There’s a little storefront decorated with a dozen brightly colored potted plants, wind streamers, and a bright blue sign that says simply “create.” Walk inside and you’ll be greeted by a cozy space with large meeting tables. In the back, scattered projects, […]

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July 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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June 27, 2017 | By More
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
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