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River Valley Veterans Memorial Park – Honoring those who served

November 1, 2019 | By More
River Valley Veterans Memorial Park – Honoring those who served

Construction of the River Valley Veterans Memorial Park is underway on three acres on Lake Front Drive near Bona Dea Trails. The purpose of the park is to honor all veterans and currently serving military members from the four-county area, which includes Conway, Johnson, Pope, and Yell Counties. The ground-breaking ceremony for the park was […]

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Farmed by faith. Farmed by family.

November 1, 2019 | By More
Farmed by faith. Farmed by family.

The Ralston Family Farm is located just a few miles south of Atkins, in rich bottomland encircled by mountains. Grain bins and a large central office sit near the road, surrounded by cultivated fields. The family grows non-GMO corn, soybeans, and cattle, but most of their 6,800-acre farm is dedicated to growing rice. And not […]

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It’s Greek to us

November 1, 2019 | By More
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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Central Arkansas Surgery Center

November 1, 2019 | By More
Central Arkansas Surgery Center

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Central Arkansas Surgical Center specializes in surgery. It does take a closer look to figure out what CASC is all about. CASC offers streamlined medical service with an emphasis on care and treatment of patients. Zakary Baker, CASC administrator, says the mission is for CASC […]

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Nailed it

November 1, 2019 | By More
Nailed it

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a time for reflection on all that we are thankful for, and gathering with friends and family that are dear to us. And, of course, a chance to eat yummy food. Every year, I host a large Friendsgiving. I love to cook, love to host friends at […]

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Blood Brother

November 1, 2019 | By More
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

November 1, 2019 | By More
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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Finding new treasure

November 1, 2019 | By More
Finding new treasure

My gloved hand scratched the soil in a zig-zag pattern. Sweat dripped, irrigating the treasure I sought. My back strained from working in a hunched position for so long, but finally, my fingers caught on something. Scraping the soil around my discovery, I increased my pace like an archaeologist unearthing a piece of history. A […]

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Called to do heroic things

November 1, 2019 | By More
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

October 1, 2019 | By More
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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