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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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A taste of old Mexico

A taste of old Mexico

Defining Mexican food is best done by first clearly understanding what is not Mexican food. As Anthony Bourdain once said: “It’s not melted cheese over tortilla chips.” It’s also not Taco Bell.Though the offerings are often delicious in their own right, it’s not the various Tex-Mex establishments found in nearly every town. I used to […]

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Crusty, creamy, golden goodness

Crusty, creamy, golden goodness

Slogging through the gray days of our shortest month, that somehow seems twice as long as any other month, is always a challenge. We lean on a couple of crutches to get us through — the hope that warmer weather is just around the corner inspired by the occasional bright spring-like day and comfort food. […]

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February 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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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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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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My Hometown – Russellville

My Hometown – Russellville

Snuggled between Arkansas’s mountain ranges, touching the Arkansas River and Lake Dardanelle, Russellville offers wonder and intrigue with a unique blend of natural beauty, history, culture, community, and purpose. The region was once an Osage hunting ground, but from the onset of Euro-American settlement the pioneers looked to the future. The tradition of planned progress […]

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Shilo’s savior

Shilo’s savior

I met Shilo Schluterman and her therapy dog Javie at the Garage Arcade in downtown Russellville. Shilo was hard at work on school papers with plans to graduate from ATU this December. Just a few years ago graduation seemed impossible. Shilo suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an affliction common to combat veterans. Shilo enlisted […]

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