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Lions and Tigers and Bears! A visit to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge 

We arrived at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) after hours, making the winding drive through the Ozarks and moving into our “Siberian Suite” in the dark. As my husband and I unloaded the car, we heard the first noises. The big cats were restless, making rumbling, trilling night-sounds distinctly larger than and unlike anything that

Taliano’s serves up authentic Italian

Since Taliano’s Italian Restaurant opened in 1970 it has been an institution that has served generations of loyal patrons who enjoy authentic Italian food. The restaurant, located in a classic Victorian-style house near downtown Fort Smith, is the creation of Tom Caldarera, Jr. and Jim Cadelli. The two men passed down family recipes that have

Let the good times roll with a Mardi Gras menu

On Feb. 13, about a million people will descend on New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. My husband is a Louisiana native, and in honor of the festival, I have crafted some fun recipes for a Mardi Gras soirée at home. A must-make dish is gumbo. It requires love and patience, but don’t worry, the