Author Archive: Dianne S. Edwards

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MAIN STREET RUSSELLVILLE~ Heart of the City~

MAIN STREET RUSSELLVILLE~ Heart of the City~

Written by Dianne Edwards Main Street Russellville, while often confused with ‘Main Street Mission’, is on a mission of its own – “to revitalize and develop the downtown area of Russellville as a business and governmental center as well as a cultural center for the River Valley.” Poignant words, but exactly what do they mean? […]

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September 1, 2011 | By More
SUGAR CREEK FOODS ~A Chilling Tale of Sweet Success ~

SUGAR CREEK FOODS ~A Chilling Tale of Sweet Success ~

Story by Dianne Edwards The flavors read like the list on a snow cone stand reminiscent of our youth – Apple Pie, Banana, Lemon Ice Box pie, Cupcake, Coconut, Peach, Strawberry Sensations — yet this delectable concoction isn’t shaved ice- based. It is “good-tasting wellness” lovingly-crafted into Russellville’s own Sugar Creek Foods International frozen yogurt […]

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August 1, 2011 | By More
BURRIS MEMORIAL PLAZA ~ A Lasting Tribute

BURRIS MEMORIAL PLAZA ~ A Lasting Tribute

When Judy Coffman Thacker approached long-time Russellville businessman Troy Burris about the possibility of creating a pocket park on the downtown corner property he owned, neither one realized it would be one of the last altruistic endeavors she would make. Judy, a tireless community advocate and charter board member of the Main Street Russellville program, […]

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June 1, 2011 | By More
The Golden Age of Tech Music

The Golden Age of Tech Music

Story by Dianne Edwards When Marvin Williamson became the first student to enroll in Russellville’s Second District Agricultural School in the fall of 1910, little did anyone know he would later become the first band director for the school now recognized as Arkansas Tech University. Having been drafted to direct the school’s first organized band in 1913, Marvin grew up on land next to […]

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April 1, 2011 | By More
DISC GOLF…A Hole in One or Two

DISC GOLF…A Hole in One or Two

The three-person scramble began at 9:15 a.m. at the Pleasant View Disc Golf Course north of Russellville and finished at the newly- completed Old Post Road Park course on the city’s south side. Both courses are 18-holes.The River Valley Disc Golf Association, comprised of approximately 50 members, “stepped up” this year to assist Greg and […]

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OPEN DOOR POLICY

OPEN DOOR POLICY

Written by Dianne Edwards Newly-elected Russellville Mayor Bill Eaton grimaces slightly as he rises from his desk at the displaced City Hall Office to close his door. It’s mid-January and the city’s move to their newly-remodeled headquarters in Historic Downtown Russellville is just around the corner. “I have an open door policy,” he explains, “Something […]

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Wedding Florals, Planning is the Key

Wedding Florals, Planning is the Key

Written by Dianne Edwards Flowers can be a beautiful part of every wedding, accenting and enhancing an already-gorgeous bride and her husband-to-be. And, as with every facet of the upcoming wedding, advance planning makes the day go more smoothly.  A most-popular question asked by brides-to-be and their wedding planners are “which members of the wedding […]

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February 1, 2010 | By More
Down by The Bay

Down by The Bay

Story by Dianne Edwards When Robert and Virginia Edwards begin thinking about the perfect place to build their dream home and retire, the decision was easy. With family living in both the Little Rock and Fort Smith areas, Dardanelle was an ideal choice.  Couple that with the fact that Bob was an avid fisherman with […]

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October 1, 2009 | By More
KIDS FIRST at New Dover Primary

KIDS FIRST at New Dover Primary

Story by Dianne Edwards Most parents know him as the principal who opens car doors for his students in the drop off line each morning, cup of coffee in hand. However, as the responsibilities of Dover Primary principal Donny Forehand grew these past two years, he eventually turned over that job to a parent volunteer. […]

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August 1, 2009 | By More
A Life Crafted from Faith, Family and Friends

A Life Crafted from Faith, Family and Friends

Story by Dianne Edwards Seldom does a day pass in the life of Don Pennington that a friend, acquaintance or someone from his past walks back into his life. Sometimes they are bringing in a favorite pair of boots needing soles and heels, occasionally a treasured baseball mitt which needs restringing, but often it’s leather […]

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June 1, 2009 | By More