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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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September 1, 2019 | By More
The Biography of a House – Part 3

The Biography of a House – Part 3

Living and Dying As one of the few houses of any substance in Russellville, I was a regular hub of activity during the decade before the Civil War. Family and neighbors came by to talk about local goings-on and to introduce new arrivals; in particular if they were from the Carolinas or belonging to the […]

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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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The funny guy

The funny guy

As Rufus Elam discusses his life, he’s also trying new material for his standup routine. “If it works here for an audience of one, it’ll work tonight… I hope,” he quips behind his mug of coffee. Reflecting on the last nine years, Elam finds himself in a place he couldn’t have imagined. Standup comedy was […]

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Three scholars, three scribes

Three scholars, three scribes

The River Valley is home to many talented and dedicated teachers. Three of those teachers have reached beyond the classroom, using their experience as instructors and in life to create distinct voices as authors. Bridget Smith has included unique learning techniques in two easy-read children’s books. Will McCrotty has included his self-help methods in two […]

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A Legacy of Leadership

A Legacy of Leadership

The Russellville Regional Leadership Academy has been a program of the Russellville Chamber of Commerce since 1986. Previously known as Leadership Russellville, in the past year the name was changed in an effort to include participants from surrounding areas. The 10 month program offers participants a chance to learn leadership skills and provides them with […]

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August 1, 2019 | By More
10 Things About: Chris Olson

10 Things About: Chris Olson

Age: 38 Occupation: Executive Director RussVegas Foot Races Foundation Hometown: Born in and lived in Russellville until 1996 then moved back in 2006. Family: Wife Lisa, daughter Grace Anne age 9 and son Reid age 5. 1) What is your favorite book and why? The Bible. It’s refreshing to know what God has done in […]

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Ambrosial Artisian

Ambrosial Artisian

    The time is 8:16 a.m. The place is the Downtown Russellville’s Depot Park. The Farmers Market has only been open a few minutes, and tension is high for those 15 folks patiently waiting in line to purchase their favorite baked goods under the crisp, white tent. Kuroki Bakery: Artisan Breads & Pastries is […]

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July 1, 2019 | By More
A view of the past

A view of the past

  It’s still foggy as I drive to the Arkansas Archeological Survey office at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute atop Petit Jean Mountain. The car winds around forested roads before reaching the fields of Santa Gertrudis and Red Angus cattle dotting the landscape of the former Winrock Farms.  At the top of the mountain, we head […]

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July 1, 2019 | By More
Nice to be Home

Nice to be Home

From Minnesota to Arkansas, Judy Olson’s Nashville-level talent might have led to superstardom – but Judy chose country music on her own terms. Judy Olson’s first audience was the congregation of Crane Lake Chapel, a church her father pastored near the Canadian border in Minnesota. Someone from the church community had given her a mandolin. […]

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June 1, 2019 | By More