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An American Journey – Arkansas students tour nation’s capital

On June 8-16, I had the honor of leading 43 Arkansas high school students to Washington, D.C., for a week-long tour of our nation’s capital. It was my 15th Youth Tour overall and the 14th one as the tour director for Arkansas. Our chartered bus was full for the 2016 Youth Tour, and the students

Drive in to Marshall – Kenda Drive-In and Daisy Queen celebrate 50 years

Marshall, the seat of Searcy County, hugs U.S. 65 and is a common stop for travelers heading to north central Arkansas, the Ozarks and Missouri. This summer, two of the town’s best known properties celebrate their 50th birthdays — the Daisy Queen restaurant and the Kenda Drive-In. Both have become classics in their own rights,

All aboard for Stoby’s

  The original Stoby’s Restaurant opened in Conway in 1980, and in 1984 a Russellville railroad parlor car location was dedicated. The railroad theme proved so successful that an attached depot building was added in 1986, and happy customers have been getting their tickets punched and taste buds tantalized ever since. “The railroad theme brings

A few thoughts about summer

  It’s summer and it’s hot. When it’s hot like this, I always remember my summer vacations to visit my grandparents. My grandparents lived in southeast Missouri, and when I was a child we had a habit of visiting them each summer. We lived in Oklahoma at the time, so Dad would load up the

Poke’mon safety, rural Teachers of the Year and Water safety

Electrical safety warning for Pokémon Go players Arkansas’ electric co-ops are reminding players of Pokémon Go to stay away from electric substations, power plants and other electric equipment. The new smartphone-based augmented reality game sends players to real world places to “catch” Pokémon. Pokémon turn up everywhere — from grocery stores to hospitals. But they’re

The heat is back on

How quickly we forget. If I were to ask you to recall what the high temperatures were like from the past two summers what would come to mind? I recalled that they were below normal, but to check my memory I dove into a monthly degree-day comparison resource I use when reviewing temperature data. Sure

Bark scale threatens crape myrtles

Crape myrtles are ubiquitous to the South. They are one of the most common summer-blooming plants we grow, blooming all summer long without a care in the world. But times are changing. What was once considered a plant-and-forget-it plant now has a new insect wreaking havoc. Crape myrtle bark scale is showing up all across

Allergies are personal

 “No matter where I go in the United States, I always hear that allergies are the worst in that particular part of the country,” says Dr. Joshua Kennedy, assistant professor of internal medicine and of pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). “This statement has