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The Hero we need. The hero we deserve. The hero we hunger for.

The Hero we need. The hero we deserve. The hero we hunger for.

His athletic build is surprising — it’s not the physique you’d expect to see on a man who enjoys food and has made good food his life’s mission. His husky masculine voice, reminiscent of Ron Burgundy, seems fitting for a hero. But those are the only descriptions I can note as the Tater Man answers […]

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May 1, 2019 | By More
From conservation to inspiration

From conservation to inspiration

Steve Duzan has always had a fascination with wildlife. “As a kid, I either wanted to be a plant breeder to develop new foods or a wildlife biologist,” Steve says. During his childhood, he explored the land surrounding his home in El Dorado, mostly an area behind his house he called “The Valley.” Strolling among […]

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May 1, 2019 | By More
A place of hope and healing

A place of hope and healing

          The building is located in the former home of Alfred and Marjorie Crabaugh, two people who served the Russellville community proudly. Alfred as the dean of Arkansas Tech University, and Marjorie as the founder of local chapters of the Salvation Army, Girl Scouts and more. Now, a decade after their […]

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April 1, 2019 | By More
The biography of a house; Part 1 – A Humble Beginning

The biography of a house; Part 1 – A Humble Beginning

The story of a house is much more than its location. It’s the story of all those who lived within its walls. It’s the story of the community around it, both neighbors and visitors passing through. It is the story of existence at its most foundational level — eating and sleeping, being sick and being […]

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April 1, 2019 | By More
Transformers: Robotics competition is changing STEM education and communities for the better

Transformers: Robotics competition is changing STEM education and communities for the better

Whether it be Rosie from the Jetsons, R2-D2 from Star Wars or Autobot Transformer Optimus Prime, we as a culture are fascinated by robots. While these famous automatons may seem like pure space-age fantasy, the robots in Russellville are very real. Not only are these robots real, they are in our schools under the control […]

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March 1, 2019 | By More
Rock Island Line

Rock Island Line

      Immortalized through song, the railroad company was once a vital component of the River Valley economy.“The Rock Island Line, it’s a mighty good road. Rock Island Line, it’s a road to ride. Rock Island Line, it’s a mighty good road. If you want to ride it, you gotta ride it like you […]

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March 1, 2019 | By More
Memories of James School

Memories of James School

We try. We really do, those of us raised in a white bubble. But it’s inevitable that we fall short of comprehending the full script of the African American experience, even in our own communities. When we look back across the years, we often see the bad parts. This keeps some folks from looking back. […]

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February 1, 2019 | By More
For love of the game

For love of the game

Walking into the Pottsville Middle School gym, I’m flooded with nostalgia. As a visiting player during my pee-wee basketball years, at least one Saturday every season I would walk in to that gym ready to leave everything on the court. And we’d usually get drubbed. Now the gym is filled with rambunctious fifth graders shooting […]

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February 1, 2019 | By More
Rare Vintage

Rare Vintage

Just a little ways past Subiaco Abbey and Academy, tucked into the shadow of Mount Magazine you will find Cowie Winery. Formerly, the site was home to St. Ann’s Catholic School. A sign above the door bears the inscription “In Vino Veritas,” or in wine there is truth. The land here is full of truth […]

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December 1, 2018 | By More
A History of Russellville and its Heroes

A History of Russellville and its Heroes

The Russellville Fire Department’s (RFD) newest station has been in the news a lot lately. Just a few months ago, staff moved from their old location next to Russellville City Hall to the state-of-the-art three-story building on El Paso Avenue. With Russellville’s population growing each year, this spacious new building gives the RFD room for […]

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December 1, 2018 | By More