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Shilo’s savior

Shilo’s savior

I met Shilo Schluterman and her therapy dog Javie at the Garage Arcade in downtown Russellville. Shilo was hard at work on school papers with plans to graduate from ATU this December. Just a few years ago graduation seemed impossible. Shilo suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an affliction common to combat veterans. Shilo enlisted […]

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November 1, 2018 | By More
Working-Class Dogs

Working-Class Dogs

Of all the roles we ask dogs to fill in our lives, that of working partner is most demanding. They tackle these jobs with a professionalism sometimes lacking in our human work partners. Perhaps this level of competence is fueled by ancient social bonds formed through the ages, the remnants of pack culture. Ultimately, the […]

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The four-napkin sandwich

The four-napkin sandwich

I gauge my barbecue sandwich experience by how many napkins it requires. One napkin is pretty boring. Two napkins is the norm, and there’s nothing wrong with needing just two napkins. It means that, though, the meal was fine, the sandwich was probably too nice and so was I while eating it. Three-napkin sandwiches are […]

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Henpecked

Henpecked

Bodega Road went nowhere, literally. The GPS showed that it dead-ended at the bottom of a hollow about six miles from where I was now. It’s one of those red clay dirt roads, the kind that sticks to the bottom of your shoes and sucks 4-wheel drive trucks down to the axles when they veer […]

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Creative by design

Creative by design

Bryan Moats is a tall, slender man with long legs and a big beard. He’s waiting on me with the tools of his trade in hand, an iPad and sketchbook, when I arrive for the interview. As a married man in his 30s with three children — George, Elijah, and Pearly — along with several […]

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Three great tastes that taste great together

Three great tastes that taste great together

The Arkansas state bird should have been a chicken. Growing up in the rural River Valley, chickens were a part of the day to day and often on the dinner table at the end of the day. Chickens are cheap to keep, backyard accessible, and delicious. What more could you ask for from a bird? […]

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Comfortable, Cosmopolitan, Sublime.

Comfortable, Cosmopolitan, Sublime.

Sinatra’s silky baritone croons through the rustic yet refined decor. Earth tones of raw umber, slate gray, and golden wheat are accentuated by textures of stone, brick, plaster, and grainy wood. Dark walnut-stained booths with high, private backs and low amber light work with the decor ensemble to bring a sense of warm relaxing comfort. […]

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My Hometown – Hector

My Hometown – Hector

There is a slow cadence in Hector. It’s quiet. It’s remote. It’s beautiful. Wild azaleas exist on the trails in the mountains and wild game is plentiful. The farmland is sprawling and green. The water is clear and accessible. The Ozark National Forest caps the town to the north and provides an abundance of outdoor […]

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Rascally

Rascally

“Mom! I saw a rabbit in the garden!” That’s not possible, I thought. Even though at age 10 my son could recognize a rabbit, I just knew his eyes had betrayed him. After losing every single bean sprout my second year of gardening, my husband built an electric fence to keep the deer and rabbits […]

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Warrior

Warrior

Tim Allen Amerson III was the first boxer to fight at the Russellville Fight Night held at the Hughes Center a few months ago. Usually the more experienced boxers go last, but Tim was fighting early that evening so he could make it to his senior prom at Dardanelle High School. Six feet one inch […]

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