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Excelling at Spelling: Cooperatives sponsor Arkansas’ annual bee

Quadrillion.” It’s a Round Two word at the March 5 Arkansas State Spelling Bee that means 1,000,000,000,000,000 — a million billion. It’s also how many words it seems like radio personality and pronouncer Tom Wood has challenged impressive students to spell before a victor finally emerges after two dozen rounds and three-and-a-half hours. This is

Reader Recipes: Let’s “taco bout” Cinco de Mayo!

Kelly’s Taco Casserole Cooking spray 1 (2-pound) bag frozen tater tots 2 pounds ground beef 1 onion, diced 2  (1-ounce) packages taco seasoning 8 ounces sour cream 2 (16-ounce) cans refried beans Choice of cheese, shredded Crushed tortilla chips (I use taco-flavored Doritos) Favorite taco toppings (optional garnish) Heat oven to 350. Spray large baking

Scrumptious salads, cake will make gatherings great

Happy Memorial Day! Let the outdoor eating season begin with Greek- and Mexican-inspired salads and an Elvis-inspired dessert! Greek Potato Salad Makes 6-7 servings. Salad: 4 large russet potatoes, boiled to fork-tender, peeled and sliced 4 green onions, sliced 2/3 cup flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped 2/3 cup Kalamata olives, minced Dressing: 1 (5.3-ounce) container plain,

Calico County a longstanding family favorite in Fort Smith

When Calico County restaurant opened in 1984, the owners endeavored to offer traditional American foods and excellent service in a family-oriented environment. After 38 years of following that same mission, it has endured as a successful Fort Smith staple. The delightful scent of home cooking wafted through the restaurant as I explored the antique collection

The Cooperative Difference: ‘Bee Careful’

I get a lot of feedback on this column in Arkansas Living, and one of the articles that generated the most feedback is “Vitamin Bee.” I guess a story about a man stranded with a flat tire and a truck full of hot, angry bees gives meaning to the phrase, “It could always be worse.”

Editor’s Welcome: Meet Drew Mabry, talented speller with a gift for gab.

Each year, the Arkansas Living staff has the privilege to cover and help out at the annual Arkansas State Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. (See story, page 8.) Usually, the kids who come from all over the state to participate are understandably nervous and quiet as they wait to take the

Cooperatives recognized at ASU-Newport dedication

The March 17 dedication of the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas High Voltage Lineman Technology Education Building at Arkansas State University-Newport was well worth the wait — the two-year wait. Explained ASUN Chancellor Dr. Johnny Moore to a crowd of students, faculty, electric cooperative representatives and civic leaders on the sunny Thursday morning, “This ceremony was

Honoring those who served, sacrificed: Arkansas’ five veterans’ cemeteries

Toward the end of May, flags and flowers will decorate many of the more than 60,000 graves at the five dedicated veterans’ cemeteries in Arkansas. A large majority of these honored men and women survived their military service, whether in war or peace. But their deaths, sometimes decades later among loving families, still deserve the

Daylilies delight day after day

Daylilies have been a staple in gardens for hundreds of years. From the old-fashioned, orange ditch lily and simple yellow daylily have emerged thousands of hybrid varieties with a diverse mix of colors and bloom sizes. These beautiful flowers are only open for one day, but with proper care, a plant can produce an abundance