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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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August 1, 2019 | By More
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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August 1, 2019 | By More
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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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
River monster

River monster

  Pizza can be found across the land. There seems to be an outlet in every little town and even in between. For Pete’s sake, you can buy a slice at the gas stations. Because of this ubiquity, and because even bad pizza is still pizza and any pizza by definition is tasty, good pizza […]

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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
5 Years, 52 Parks, 1,000 Memories

5 Years, 52 Parks, 1,000 Memories

Amanda Guizar has been fascinated with the outside world since she made memories with her family at Petit Jean State Park as a child. She remembered learning to fish with her father and running around the woods and fields. As someone who had struggled with weight issues, she also remembered that hiking had once been […]

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June 1, 2019 | By More
The Biography of a House: Part 2 – Lineage

The Biography of a House: Part 2 – Lineage

First January, 1859 Clear and cold. Left camp, crossed the Pine ridges between Piney and Illinois Bayou a 9 mile drive. Passed several saw mills on our way. After crossing the Bayou a four miles drive brought us again to the ancient village of Russellville, a small inland village, the buildings all appeared to have […]

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June 1, 2019 | By More
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