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A trip of a lifetime – Arkansas students tour nation’s capital

They had been hearing for some time that to go on the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington would be a “trip of a lifetime.” They saw it in recruiting articles in Arkansas Living and heard it from students who had been on the trip before. On June 9-15, 42 Arkansas high school students found

2017 Youth Tour – Photos of a trip of a lifetime

Here are some highlights of the 2017 Arkansas Youth Tour trip. Indeed a trip of a life time!   The Changing of the Guard ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery    

Rare solar eclipse to darken Arkansas skies

Unless you have already reserved lodging, you will most likely not get to view this month’s full solar eclipse. Arkansas, like most of the United States, will see just a partial eclipse on Aug. 21. But be patient, says Darrell Heath, outreach coordinator and host of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock television show

Arkansas State Archives to the rescue

They went in and out of the courthouse over and over again, decked in full protective gear: white Tyvek suits with masks, rubber boots, nitrile gloves. Everyone watching had a theory: “Is there a gas leak?” “What are y’all, beekeepers?” “Look! It’s the Ghostbusters!” What the curious citizens of Howard County were actually witnessing, though,

Looking ahead to a century of electric co-ops

The year 2037 will mark the 100th anniversary of electric cooperatives first bringing power to the rural areas of Arkansas. In 1930, only 3 percent of Arkansas’ farms had access to electricity. The first seven member-owned, non-profit electric cooperatives were incorporated in Arkansas in 1937. All seven remain in existence today, along with another 10

Secchi Day at Beaver Lake & 2017 Rural Teachers of the year

Be a citizen water science volunteer at Secchi Day on Beaver Lake  For the 12th year, the Beaver Water District is hosting Secchi Day, a free water appreciation science festival for all ages, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 19. Activities will take place at the Prairie Creek Recreation Area, 9300 N. Park Road,

Atkinson’s Blue Diamond Café is an Arkansas gem

Located just off U.S. Interstate 40 north of Conway, Morrilton is the county seat of Conway County in the heart of the Arkansas River Valley and the home of a treasure, Atkinson’s Blue Diamond Café. The café was originally opened in the early 1970s and has been owned by Gary and Karen Atkinson, and Earl

A window AC primer

Through mid-July, Arkansas experienced the fewest 90-degree days in the past decade. Many folks were enjoying comfort with minimal or no air conditioning. But, the dog days are here, and normal summertime temperatures have arrived. Thanks to the modern marvel of air conditioning, we can seek relief from the heat by the flip of a

It’s eggplant time!

 One of the heat-loving vegetables in abundance right now is the eggplant. It is believed that Thomas Jefferson introduced the eggplant, which is native to Asia, to the United States in the 1700s. But eggplants have only become common in our gardens and kitchens in the last decade. Now, the large-fruited purple varieties are a