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

May 1, 2019 | By More
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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From conservation to inspiration

May 1, 2019 | By More
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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Leave it to the pros

May 1, 2019 | By More
Leave it to the pros

I thought I was pretty handy on the grill — choosing only the best cuts, marinating, soaking a few hickory sticks and letting them puff up a good white smoke before gently placing meat onto the sizzling grates. And my creations were plenty tasty. The wife and kids said so. Then we visited Ridgewood Brothers […]

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The new next door neighbor

May 1, 2019 | By More
The new next door neighbor

I called him “Pop.” While twirling and hanging from my blue and yellow metal swing set, I would look over our fence to see his towering frame hunched over his rows of vegetables. Worn-in overalls covered his bulging belly, and thick black-rimmed glasses only slightly obscured his gentle eyes. Many a summer night I found […]

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Where the wild hens roost

May 1, 2019 | By More
Where the wild hens roost

One afternoon, a neighbor stopped to ask if we had any chickens missing. All of ours were accounted for, happily scratching around the yard and pooping in places I’d rather they didn’t. It seems that a small flock of hens had taken up on the property across the road. Our neighbor wasn’t sure where those […]

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It’s what you do that defines you

May 1, 2019 | By More
It’s what you do that defines you

As a kid, comic book heroes intrigued me for various reasons. Of course incredible physical abilities were part of the appeal. But the biggest attraction was the alter egos, the dual personalities, the ability to shift between two completely different people at will or sometimes when triggered by outside influences. Comic book characters could live […]

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The Art of Falling

The Art of Falling

As reviewed by Chris McNEAL The Art of Falling begins when Penelope Sparrow, a ballet dancer, wakes up trapped in a hospital bed and an unresponsive body. She fell fourteen stories from her apartment balcony, but no one knows why. In the subsequent pages, author Kathryn Craft takes the reader back and forth through Sparrow’s […]

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Southern is as Southern speaks

May 1, 2019 | By More
Southern is as Southern speaks

To be Southern or not to be Southern… That is the question. On a recent trip to Baltimore, Maryland, I encountered a whole new kind of “Southern” culture and dialect. Considering how long I was on an airplane headed north, I sure didn’t think iI was anywhere close to the American South. However, once I […]

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Kob Jai

May 1, 2019 | By More
Kob Jai

Kim Nanthalansy knows all of the ins and outs of Kob Jai, a quaint little restaurant located on B Street in downtown Russellville. She can cook, clean, wait tables, and she’s got that one quality that almost always leads to success in any arena.“I’m a people person,” says Kim, “I enjoy being here and meeting […]

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A place of hope and healing

April 1, 2019 | By More
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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