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A Joyful Noise: Christmas bells are ringing

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral sits tucked into a historic Little Rock neighborhood, surrounded by the grand homes of the city’s past. A picturesque campus, its brickwork and wrought iron beckon the visitor into a lush courtyard, while stately bronze plaques memorialize longtime members and their faithful families. And from above, the sound of bells flutters out

Red Ryder: A chapter of Rogers’ Christmas Story

An air rifle like the one that starred in the perennially popular movie A Christmas Story is displayed in one of the most popular exhibits at the Daisy Airgun Museum in Rogers. The Daisy Red Ryder model can be seen in a layout focused on the beloved comedy, watched again and again by millions of

Baking spirits bright with cookies, cashews, cake

This might be the most delicious month of the year, when treats abound! All of these recipes are Christmas-worthy. My Easy Cranberry Pistachio Cookies are moist, scrumptious and super easy. No-Fuss Mulled Juice is great for an open house because it’s made in a slow cooker and combines fragrant cinnamon, apples and oranges with cranberry-pomegranate

Mother Christmas: Actress Melinda Dillon

She’s the glue that holds the Parker family together in the Yuletide classic comedy A Christmas Story. And speaking of glue, her husband accuses her of squandering it when she “accidentally” breaks his beloved gawdy leg lamp. He grunts: “You used up all the glue ON PURPOSE!” She gets in her fair share of one-liners

Jonesboro boy’s hair leads to brushes with greatness

At age 11, Allan Baltz of Jonesboro is no ne’er-do-well. Allan, rather, is a “hairdo-well.” A sixth grader at Brookland Middle School, Allan has recently received a lot of national attention for his hair and, more importantly, his heart.This hair story has its roots in the spring 2020 pandemic shutdown. Mother Lesli Baltz says she

Choose a tree-mendous fresh tree this Christmas

A Christmas tree is a staple holiday decoration. You basically have two choices — real or artificial. A fresh-cut tree adds to your holiday décor in fragrance as well as festivity. Finding a fresh tree and keeping it fresh for almost a month (or longer) can be a daunting task. Fresh trees vary from pre-cut

The Cooperative Difference: All I want for Christmas

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, and that you were able to get a turkey for your table this year. I heard on the radio driving into work this week that turkeys may be this year’s toilet paper, due to high demand coupled with supply chain issues. Christmas is right around the corner, and

Reader Recipes: Treats that are sure to sleigh

Just-In-Time Fudge Nonstick cooking spray (I use butter-flavored PAM) 1 pound powdered sugar 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1 stick butter, room temperature 1/4 cup milk 1 cup nuts, chopped (walnuts preferred) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Spray an 8-inch square baking dish, and set aside. Add powdered sugar and cocoa powder to a medium, microwaveable bowl,

Editor’s Welcome: A story about A Christmas Story

I’ve seen A Christmas Story countless times. And I’m sure to catch three more viewings — at least in segments — when it’s on in 24-hour marathon form this Christmas. But I’ll never forget the very first time I saw the movie as a child with my late Mom. While I’ve lived in Arkansas longer

Lion’s Den Drive-In a Clarendon classic

As a teenager, Amber Beck worked at the Lion’s Den Drive-In in Clarendon, but she had no idea she would one day own the legendary restaurant. Today, she and Justin, her husband, continue the tradition of pleasing the palates of locals as well as a steady stream of out-of-towners at the 54-year-old institution. Carolyn Vent,