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River Valley Veterans Memorial Park – Honoring those who served

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

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

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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Gearhead

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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Bosom Buddies

Bosom Buddies

Many of you may have a scratchy wool sweater, hand-knit and gifted to you by an aunt, stowed away in the back of your closet. It’s an afterthought. A relic. But knitting is in style again. And knitters still love to share and gift their creations. This goes beyond knitting for family and friends and […]

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Make your mark

Make your mark

I follow Neal Harrington down the steps and into his studio. The room is cluttered, but it’s a good clutter, an artist’s clutter. A massive printing press looms in the back corner. Large finished prints hang on one wall and the other wall sports a Bob Dylan poster and street signs. Below the poster and […]

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Slow Smoked Success

Slow Smoked Success

The trees lining State Highway 64 in Russellville fairly vibrate with the summer buzzing of cicadas. Their song is slow, purposeful, timeless. Not far off the highway, Grant Hall and Robert Couser, owners of Ridgewood Brothers Barbecue, tend the fire in a smoker longer than a pickup truck. Inside the smoker, slabs of top-choice meat […]

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The Biography of a House – Part 3

The Biography of a House – Part 3

Living and Dying As one of the few houses of any substance in Russellville, I was a regular hub of activity during the decade before the Civil War. Family and neighbors came by to talk about local goings-on and to introduce new arrivals; in particular if they were from the Carolinas or belonging to the […]

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Russellville Community Market

Russellville Community Market

Once upon a time, people knew where every bite of their food came from. If they didn’t grow it themselves, they knew who did. The benefits of knowing your farmer and eating local food — support for local agriculture; healthier, more nutrient-dense food picked and bought at the peak of freshness; and a feeling that’s […]

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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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