Author Archive: Johnny Sain

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It’s Greek to us

It’s Greek to us

Just a few years ago, I didn’t even know how to pronounce “gyro.” Now I’m eating them. And loving them. And wondering why I waited so long to try one. That last part is easy to figure out — there wasn’t any place to get a gyro in the River Valley. Not that I was […]

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Blood Brother

Blood Brother

He materializes out of river-bottom tangles, silent as the morning mist that hangs thick in the cottonwood and hackberry limbs. The young buck isn’t cruising for girls; it’s still a week or more away from pre-rut festivities. Most likely, he’s ambled over from a nearby plum thicket sniffing for the burgundy-colored honey locust pods that […]

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10 Things About: Daniel Connerly

10 Things About: Daniel Connerly

Age: 37 Occupation: I am the Food Services Director for the Russellville School District. Hometown: Bred and born in Russellville, I have spent 27 years here in the River Valley, with a 10 year hiatus traveling the world. Family: My wife Sarah is my gift from God. She is the guidance counselor at Oakland Heights […]

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Called to do heroic things

Called to do heroic things

Olive green figures cover the flat expanse in attack formation. Some lay prone with bipod-supported M-16s and some aim their rifles off-hand. Some shoulder bazookas while others kneel on one knee, perpetually holding a mortar round that will never drop into the tube. There’s also a couple of machine-gunners on the flanks and a quartet […]

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Gearhead

Gearhead

The Tacoma skidded to a stop in loose gravel that might generously be called a parking lot as the two young men laughed about the lack of amenities in this podunk town. The tall, sun-kissed-blond man jumped from the driver’s seat and strode to the door of Lee Roy’s Garage. They were outsiders. From their […]

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Mechanical Failure

Mechanical Failure

    I’ve never been mechanically inclined. I’ve tinkered a bit. Back in high school, a more knowledgable buddy showed me how to tweak the four-barrel Quadrajet carburetor sitting atop the 400 small block in my old Chevy pickup. I put headers on that truck and did a few other minor upgrades and repairs, but […]

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10 Things About: Brian Eisele

10 Things About: Brian Eisele

Age: 36 Occupation: Owner of the Oark General Store and CEO of the Clarksville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. Hometown: Born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina, moved to Oark, Arkansas, in 2012 and now resides in Hartman. Family: Wife Reagan Reagan, three kids, two dogs, 12 cats, eight chickens, and seven cows. 1) What is […]

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The tastieest burger

The tastieest burger

Not that long ago, or at least it doesn’t seem so long ago, if you wanted a cheeseburger in Atkins there was one option — Bewley’s Tastee Burger. Besides hefty and delicious cheeseburgers, Bewley’s Tastee Burger offered other options like taco burgers, pizza burgers, burritos, taco salads and various dinners. Through the teenage years, I […]

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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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