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Letters from home – Remembering the Arkansans of the ‘Great War,’ 100 years later

In 1917, the world was in unprecedented chaos, with 14 nations warring with each other over land, air and sea. For three years, Americans had been following news of brutal trench warfare, dazzling dogfights, stealthy U-boats and deadly mustard gas, wondering if they would be in the thick of it soon. And then they were.

A friend in need – fans and friends support ailing music legend Sleepy LaBeef

Rockabilly pioneer Sleepy LaBeef has devoted fans and friends, and they demonstrated that in full force at a benefit concert last month at Ward in Lonoke County. LaBeef, a native of Smackover who now lives in Springdale, and his wife, Linda, have recently been battling health issues. For Linda, it was pancreatic cancer, and for

Remembering the heroes of 1943 B-17 bomber crash

As our nation commemorates Memorial Day this month, consider visiting the Grant County Veterans Memorial Park at Sheridan. The memorial site honors the nine airmen whose Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress crashed in Sheridan in 1943 and is located at the crash site of the World War II bomber. The park’s centerpiece is a life size

Making the grid safe for democracy

One hundred years ago last month, in April 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked the United States Congress to declare war on Germany to “make the world safe for democracy.” But if secret intelligence had been shared earlier, might a different outcome have been possible? Months earlier, in January 1917, British intelligence had intercepted and decoded

Lineman’s Rodeo & Roadside crews

Lineman rodeo tests skills The 2017 Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas Lineman’s Rodeo was held Saturday, April 1, at the Arkansas State University at Newport campus. Linemen from four of Arkansas’ electric cooperatives displayed their skills at the event and enjoyed some friendly competition. Participants from North Arkansas Electric Cooperative included William Thompson, Dusty Denton, Ethan

Fox & Fork delivers perfection

  Many years ago, Rob Mullins received a toy fox as a gift, and it now plays a part of the restaurant that he and Kim, his wife opened in July of 2015. Known as Bandit Fox to the Mullins family, which includes five children, the fox has been with Rob for many years, the

Lumens, not watts

One hundred years ago, our soldiers were shipped “over there” during World War I. Back home in Arkansas, “country folks” who lived outside the larger cities managed life and work without electricity. Many would wait another 20 years, until after the end of World War II, to enjoy the marvel of electric power. At sunset,

‘Super’ pomegranates

People today are trying to eat healthier, and so-called “super” fruits are gaining in popularity. One of those “super” fruits is the pomegranate. Pomegranate (Punica granatum) is native to the Middle East. It has been cultivated and naturalized over the entire Mediterranean region since ancient times. It wasn’t until the 16th century that Spanish settlers