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Crystal Clear: Dazzling finds at Arkansas mines

The bucket is too heavy. A man in his mid-50s, navigating heaps of red clay at Wegner Crystal Mines in Mount Ida, has to set down his 5-gallon bucket and readjust his position, wiping afternoon sweat from his brow. On the way to his vehicle, a Tahoe with Ohio plates, he tells a young couple

Favored Flavors: Arkansas Food Hall of Fame inducts 2022 class

The state and its rich, diverse culinary scene are honored each year at the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, sponsored by Arkansas Heritage. Nominations are made by the public and narrowed by a committee to a small class of inductees that are celebrated for their influence on Arkansas cuisine. This year’s class includes restaurants that

‘Come away and rest awhile,’ Subiaco Abbey welcomes all

One of Arkansas’ most sublime settings will welcome a throng of visitors for Easter. They’ll be exploring a religious enclave that has sustained its sacred and secular missions through varied challenges since 1878 in a bucolic Logan County setting. Subiaco, the state’s only Benedictine abbey, survives at a time when the calling to serve in

Son continues family tradition at Don’s Steakhouse in Pocahontas

Donald and Celena Rorex opened Don’s Steakhouse back in 2006, and today their son, Jonathan, keeps the successful Pocahontas restaurant going. Jonathan began his career in the family restaurant business when he was 15 years old. He earned a degree in agribusiness from nearby Arkansas State University, but his family’s restaurant heritage led him back

The Cooperative Difference: ‘Arkansas Lineman’

The weather report says that there are severe storms on the way with tornado warnings in the area. You are paying close attention to the weather radar and the continuing coverage on TV as the storm clouds ominously roll in. The wind and rain get bad enough that you grab the dogs and the kids

May the luck of the ‘iris’ be with you this spring

A sure sign that the garden season had begun was a bed of blooming bearded iris, commonly called flags, in grandma’s garden. Iris are well-loved perennials in the home landscape. The iris genus contains almost 300 species, with new hybrids appearing each year. The bearded or German iris, Iris germanica, is the most common species,

Time to ‘tart’ spring cooking!

Spring is here! It’s time for lighter fare, artichokes, wraps, berries and all the glories of warmer temperatures. Chicken Wraps Makes 4 servings. Sauce: 3 teaspoons sesame oil 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed 1/4 cup peanut butter 2 teaspoons garlic, minced 3 teaspoons ginger, minced, or ginger paste 1 tablespoon hot

Reader Recipes: Potluck-perfect salads

Italian Pasta Salad with Balsamic Dressing Makes about 8 side servings. Salad: 8 ounces tri-color rotini, cooked and cooled 8 ounces pepperoni slices, halved 1 ½ cups tomatoes, diced, or small tomatoes, halved 1 bell pepper, diced 1 cup black olives, sliced 1 (8-ounce) jar marinated artichokes, drained and chopped (reserve marinade) Dressing: Reserved artichoke

Editor’s Welcome: Have fun this Have Fun at Work Day!

We all know April Fools’ Day falls on April 1. But there’s another occasion on the same day that — no foolin’ — deserves way more attention: International Have Fun at Work Day. In the six months that I’ve been Editor of I, Have Fun at Work Day has been every day! I’m blessed to

Green Tips for Earth Day

Springtime is my favorite season. We thaw from the bitter cold, shed our winter coats and spend more time outdoors and in the sunshine. Nature awakens from its dormancy and begins blooming again. As we welcome spring and celebrate Earth Day on April 22, it’s a great time to focus on recycling, saving energy and