Author Archive: Connie Las Schneider

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A Match Made in Heaven

A Match Made in Heaven

A Marriage is a happy occasion but when the blushing bride is 82 and her tap, handsome groom is 77, the event is doubly blessed. Charles Holloway, a widower from Delaware, Ark., and Marcella Melton, a widow from Altus, married on January 19 at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Altus. The wedding was attended by 165 […]

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Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After

Wedding planners know that every love story is special, but once in a while a couple’s courtship is so unique it needs to be shared. This is such a story. According to Russellville Wedding Planner Diane Race, one of the “neatest love stories” she knows is that of Karen Daniels and Tim Lynch, who were […]

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Shop with a Cop

Shop with a Cop

Christmas is a happy time for most children in the River Valley… but for needy children who often go without presents and parties, Christmas can be a time of disappointment. Sadly, continued disappointment throughout a child’s formative years can lead to frustration, anger and criminal behavior later in life. So in the mid 1990’s, the […]

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Gifts of Love

Gifts of Love

Like Santa and his workshop elves, the mostly silver haired ladies of the Crow Mountain Homemaker’s Extension Club of Pope County have been working nonstop all year to make Christmas gifts for children and seniors in need of a little extra comfort and joy during the holidays. The gifts will be donated to children at […]

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History Repeats Itself at Belle Helene Bess

History Repeats Itself at Belle Helene Bess

The grand 110-year old Greek Revival mansion at 214 East Fifth St. in Russellville has been known by several names including “Wilsonia,” the “Wilson-Thurlby” house and most recently “Belle Helene Bess.” Originally named “Wilsonia” by first owner, Judge Robert Barrett Wilson, the home was considered “one of the finest if not the finest hope in […]

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The Wilderness Man of Newton County

The Wilderness Man of Newton County

Well-known Arkansas wilderness photographer Tim Ernst is a man who understands the storytelling power of a good photograph. The natural state native has spent most of his life outdoors hiking, exploring and taking wilderness photographs so visually stunning viewers can almost hear Mother Nature’s primordial call. Ernst’s photographs have appeared in hundreds of top national, […]

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Flying High- A Veteran’s Day Story

Flying High- A Veteran’s Day Story

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her […]

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100 Years Strong..The Church That Women Built

100 Years Strong..The Church That Women Built

Arkansas has a history of strong capable women featured in the national press. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton and poet Maya Angelou are among many contemporary Arkansas newsmakers, as was fictional Yell County native Mattie Ross of True Grit fame a few years ago. But for real life grit, a […]

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Modern Cowboy Gladiator

Modern Cowboy Gladiator

Roman Gladiators Fought Wild Beasts. Cowboys Ride Them. Bull riding has been called the “most dangerous eight seconds in sports.” Bucking bulls are bred with a bucking attitude and can weigh in at up to 2,000 pounds. Riders are cowboy brave, but seldom weigh more than 200 pounds. At best, riders hope they can hang […]

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A Hometown Hero!

A Hometown Hero!

Award winning author, educator, and University of the Ozarks President Rick Niece Ph.D. is the kind of person you want for a friend. Although retiring from Ozarks at the end of the 2012- 2013 academic school year after 16 years of distinguished service, the dapper suspender-wearing President is still contagiously energetic with an ear- to-ear […]

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