Author Archive: Johnny Sain

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Slow Smoked Success

Slow Smoked Success

The trees lining State Highway 64 in Russellville fairly vibrate with the summer buzzing of cicadas. Their song is slow, purposeful, timeless. Not far off the highway, Grant Hall and Robert Couser, owners of Ridgewood Brothers Barbecue, tend the fire in a smoker longer than a pickup truck. Inside the smoker, slabs of top-choice meat […]

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10 Things About: Danielle Housenick

10 Things About: Danielle Housenick

Age: 41 Occupation: Executive director of Main Street Russellville Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We’ve lived in Russellville for more than a decade Family: Husband Christopher (yes, Dr. Housenick at Tech), daughters Paige and Molly 1) What is your favorite book and why? I have many favorites, but one that stands out to me is The Snow […]

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A delicious building block of community

A delicious building block of community

    Nobody really knows how and when we started cooking. But somewhere back in our murky past, meat found its way to fire after the kill. And it was good. Taste was the reason back then, and a good reason at that. The sense of taste tells an animal what to eat. If something […]

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Russellville Community Market

Russellville Community Market

Once upon a time, people knew where every bite of their food came from. If they didn’t grow it themselves, they knew who did. The benefits of knowing your farmer and eating local food — support for local agriculture; healthier, more nutrient-dense food picked and bought at the peak of freshness; and a feeling that’s […]

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Just do it

Just do it

When it comes to the arts, a lot of people thinks it’s all about talent. They believe the only difference between success and failure, in creative and artistic endeavors especially, are latent abilities bestowed upon the lucky few as they formed in their mother’s womb. Of course, natural gifts do indeed play a role. A […]

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Timeless breakfast in a timeless place

Timeless breakfast in a timeless place

Way up in Johnson County where the Ozarks roll out beyond the horizon in every direction, where a clear water creek flows cool and unencumbered through the white oaks and hickories, and very near to where the pavement ends forever, there sits a quaint old store in the quaint little town of Oark. “Old” is […]

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10 Things About: Skye Freeman-Thompson

10 Things About: Skye Freeman-Thompson

Age: 44 Occupation: Human service worker/homeless liaison for Russellville Schools Hometown: Dover Family: Daughter Shelbi, who is a Senior at UCA 1) What is your favorite book and why? Anything by Ruby Payne or John Grisham. Ruby Payne is an educator and an author who has helped many understand what poverty is and what it […]

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Gar Hole

Gar Hole

Point Remove Creek’s slow warm currents dawdle in the lazy hot days of mid-summer. The creek bottom’s air dawdles, too. It’s stagnant and damp, amplifying smells of life and death, and the pungent odor of death is strong today. Metallic green and blue bottle flies swarm and cover the corpse of a shortnose gar lying […]

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Wonders in every era

Wonders in every era

I’m not a Luddite by any stretch. Truth be told, technology — specifically the internet and everything attached to it including the Pandora’s box of social media — plays a significant role in my day-to-day. It also makes my life more interesting through introductions to new people and connections to friends — real friends — […]

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River monster

River monster

  Pizza can be found across the land. There seems to be an outlet in every little town and even in between. For Pete’s sake, you can buy a slice at the gas stations. Because of this ubiquity, and because even bad pizza is still pizza and any pizza by definition is tasty, good pizza […]

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