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Cream of the crop – Food Hall of Fame inducts 2020 class

Twelve is a noteworthy number when it comes to food.              Doughnuts are sold by the dozen, as are cookies. Eggs come in cartons of 12. We buy 12-packs of beer and Coke. So, it’s worth mentioning that following the February induction of three additional members, there are now a

Co-op participation is key to legislative win in Washington

Passage of the RURAL Act showed how powerful electric cooperatives can be advocating on legislation before Congress and created a roadmap for future successes, Jim Matheson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), said last month at the association’s annual meeting. “It’s a great feeling, for me and for the entire team at

Underwater robots 

Students learn STEM skills at SeaPerch Challenge For Kayla Gaunt, a 16-year-old student at Bryant High School, the SeaPerch Challenge, an underwater robotics competition that took place last month in Bryant, was more than just another extracurricular activity. “I actually want to be a marine biologist, so working underwater is kind of what I want

Carrying the colors

During the opening ceremonies of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Annual Meeting on March 2 in New Orleans, Genesis Marshall of Brookland represented Arkansas as part of the Youth Leadership Council’s Parade of States by carrying the Arkansas flag. Marshall, who attended the 2019 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., as a

2020 Census 101

It’s census time! Every 10 years, the government has to tally up the demographics of its citizens. The information gathered from every household is the bedrock of countless decisions in the public and private sectors for the next decade. How federal resources are allocated in neighborhoods, where congressional district lines are drawn, how many congressional

The little blue logo that changed efficiency standards

The little blue (and sometimes black) logo with the star inside that you see on all sorts of appliances and electronics has changed the way we view savings through more efficient products. The ENERGY STAR® program, started in 1992, claims credit for reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and for saving Americans $30 billion in

The Country Kitchen is a family tradition

A second generation of leadership is continuing the family tradition of providing homemade, downhome fare at The Country Kitchen just north of Pine Bluff. After opening in 1953, the restaurant’s country-style menu became a hit with locals and visitors. Current owner Mark McCool purchased The Country Kitchen in 1987 and expanded the menu based on his

Elegant Easter eats

Here are some great recipes for your Easter feast! Whether your family serves ham or lamb, these dishes pair with either. Make a moist carrot cake with decadent cream cheese frosting a day in advance. I also have scalloped potatoes with bacon and a garlic, herb and cheese infusion. For a super-quick appetizer, you can’t

Tomato-growing tips for a tasty summer

In Arkansas, we take homegrown tomatoes very seriously. They’re the number one home garden vegetable, and everyone has their personal favorite they swear by. Whether planning long rows of tomato plants or a few pots on the patio, many gardeners are gearing up for planting, with dreams of that first bite of a juicy homegrown