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Let’s ride! – See The Natural State on a motorcycle

 Drive along just about any road in Arkansas on a warm and sunny day, and you’ll see motorcycles of all types and sizes. Cruisers, dual-sport bikes, dirt bikes, Harleys, Hondas, Yamahas … and the list goes on. The lure of seeing Arkansas’ beautiful landscape on two or three wheels is so strong that motorcycling, or

Memories of D-Day

 Arkansas World War II vet recalls his role in the Normandy invasion He didn’t want to talk about it. Charles A. Dumas, like many World War II combat veterans, simply wanted to move on with his life. It took his grandchildren two years to convince him to watch Saving Private Ryan, a 1998 film with

Salvias: Workhorses of the garden

 I often get asked by gardeners which plants are among my favorites. As a garden designer and lifelong plant connoisseur, that can sometimes feel like a trick question.  But if someone is looking for a plant that is hardy, long-blooming, and culinary to boot, then it’s tough to beat the versatile and beautiful salvia. Salvias,

The ‘Waving Man’ on Highway 5

 Drivers get friendly welcome from local resident Donald Ray Smith doesn’t say much as he sits in a chair along Arkansas 5, just south of El Paso in White County, and waves at passers-by. His dog Old Yeller is often close, sometimes sitting on a chair next to him. “I don’t know. I like to

#lookinthemirror

  In our social-media obsessed world, blame abounds. Most online news articles allow public comments, and it has never been easier to call someone out. I enjoy reading the comments, but I’m amazed at the outrage. Everyone wants to blame someone else. “You thought wrong.” “You acted wrong.” “It’s all your fault.” This doesn’t just happen

AECC helps conserve bat habitats – Eat your way through June

AECC helps conserve bat habitats  Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC), a wholesale electricity supplier for Arkansas’ 17 electric distribution co-ops, recently installed 12 artificial bat habitats at four sites in north Arkansas. The artificial habitats consist of 20-foot wooden poles fitted with BrandenBark, an artificial tree bark, and bat guano catchers, said Stephen Cain, manager

Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant – As good as the memories

When I was growing up in northeast Arkansas years ago, my family treasured visiting Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant in West Memphis. I remember waiting in line to dine there after family trips to Memphis. I wasn’t disappointed during a recent Let’s Eat visit, as the charm is alive and the food is still very good. The

Attract monarchs with a milkweed butterfly garden

 Butterfly gardens are a popular theme in gardening, and the main butterfly many gardeners want to attract is the king of the butterfly world — the monarch. Monarch butterflies are among the largest and showiest of butterflies in North America. If you want to attract them to your garden, you must have some milkweed plants.