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DIVINELY INSPIRED The folk art of Ed Stilley

Preacher, farmer, singer of hymns, Ozarks native and maker of folk art musical instruments. Each of these terms describes Ed Stilley. Although he has made his mark in his small Carroll County community with his strong faith and work ethic, it is his unique folk art musical instruments that have made him the subject of

Restored log structures tell story of early Arkansas settlers

Along the Eleven Point River in northeastern Arkansas are two of the state’s oldest log structures — the small Rice-Upshaw House and the two-story dogtrot known as the William Looney Tavern rest on their original settings in the remote countryside near the Dalton community, Randolph County. The two structures, named in honor of Reuben Rice

Have you hugged your lineman today?

Who would work 16-hour days, outdoors in the worst of weather, braving wind, rain, snow and ice, sacrificing their holidays and weekends to help others, all while working inches from dangerous energized electrical conductors? Your electric cooperative’s power line worker, that’s who. Linemen from all across Arkansas work every day to keep your lights on.

Pollinator gardens – A trend that puts some buzz in your landscape

Like them or not, bees and their flying-bug brethren are key to the survival of three-quarters of the world’s plants. Their pollination efforts also are behind one of every three bites of food a typical American eats, accounting for some $15 billion a year in U.S. crop services, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Closet makeover

It’s that time of year when everything in your closet just seems drab. But instead of investing in a new wardrobe, try dressing up your closet. By getting organized and sprucing up a little, you’ll get a fresh perspective and maybe even find some lost treasures. Start by evaluating your closet. You may have heard

Take a break from technology

It is becoming more difficult to escape the pull of technology these days. As a society, we are becoming dependent on our devices for nearly everything we do. In fact, device dependence has become so severe, even leaders in the technology industry have started taking measures to wean themselves from their devices. Have you ever

Mo’ Betta Gumbo is a Cajun Creole treasure

Saline County natives Debra Murray and Brooks Caldwell opened Benton’s Mo’ Betta Gumbo in November 2014 to provide hungry diners with made-from-scratch Cajun Creole cuisine with a Southern-infused twist. “Before the summer of 2014, neither Brooks nor I had even a minute’s worth of experience in the restaurant industry,” Murray said. “Our naivety is most

GeoSpring is energy efficiency leader

In 2009, the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas were among nine U.S. utilities to introduce the ultra-efficient General Electric (GE) GeoSpring hybrid water heater to its members. GE was among the manufacturers who answered a call from the Department of Energy (DOE) to improve the efficiency of the second-highest energy-consuming component within U.S. households — the

Plant herbs for eating and landscaping

Having a beautiful landscape and eating the bounty of it, too, is easily accomplished with herbs. When choosing herbs to add to the landscape, there are several things to consider. Knowing something about your site and the conditions the herbs prefer will make your garden more successful. What is the soil drainage like? What other

What nutrition means in 2016 Does your family’s food meet the new U.S. Dietary Guidelines?

In January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the joint release of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the eighth edition of the book used by physicians, researchers, and health policymakers as the definitive source for dietary and nutritional information. “Protecting the health of