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An outstanding adventure – Youth Tour to D.C. a monumental time

“The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.” It’s a quote from Greek philosopher Diogenes, shining in the June sun below an ornate window in the Library of Congress. It’s also the mission behind Youth Tour, the very reason we — eight adult chaperones and 43 students from around Arkansas — are

Worth the Drive – Hope’s fruity festival is one in a melon

The fame of Hempstead County’s gigantic watermelons has rested for close to a century on the belief that bigger equals better. True or not, that premise is no longer a prime focus of the Hope Watermelon Festival, one of Arkansas’ most popular annual celebrations. A festival highlight dating back to the 1920s was a contest

We’ve got the power – Arkansas’ generation and transmission co-op celebrates 70 years

July 11 marked the 70th anniversary of the creation of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC), which provides wholesale electricity to Arkansas’ 17 electric distribution co-ops. It all began when three distribution cooperatives in Northwest Arkansas — Arkansas Valley, Carroll Electric and Ozarks Electric — joined together in 1949 to create a cooperative that would ultimately

Get up to seed with refreshing watermelon

It’s August, which means juicy, sweet watermelons are ripe on the vines. We are watermelon addicts in my house and go through one every two days. While enjoying a big slice is the most common way to eat it, I love to cook with the fruit, too. I have several delicious recipes to share, including

Tips for beating the summer heat

As we head into the “dog days” of summer with oppressive heat and humidity, staying cool is a top priority. Here are some tips for weathering August’s smoldering temperatures. Make aloe vera cubes. Simply fill an ice tray with aloe vera gel, freeze it, then place the cubes on your body’s pulse points, like the

14th annual Secchi Day Science Fair on Beaver Lake

Signature event in Northwest Arkansas is Aug. 17 It’s all about family fun for Northwest Arkansas’ diverse community when folks arrive for Secchi Day Science Fair on Beaver Lake. This free event is full of activities and games that focus on ecology and water. The 14th annual event is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Prairie

Neighbor’s Mill Bakery and Café no run-of-the-mill eatery

There is nothing half-baked about Neighbor’s Mill Bakery and Café in Harrison. After operating a national chain restaurant for about eight years, Mike and Karin Nabors decided they wanted to open a bakery and restaurant featuring the best, made-from-scratch breads and baked goods possible. The couple studied baking concepts, worked with bakers, practiced their skills,

Protect your family from Arkansas mosquitoes!

 Skeeters. Bloodsuckers. Culicidae. The unofficial state bird. Whatever you choose to call them when you are slapping them off your arms and legs, mosquitoes are as much a part of Arkansas outdoor summertime activities as heat and humidity. But according to bug and insect expert David Theuret, there are a number of ways to keep

Peppers spice up summer gardens

One of the easiest and most productive plants in the home garden is the pepper, and there is a variety to suit every palate. From sweet to hot to nuclear fission, peppers are prolific producers and will bear fruit up until a killing frost. Peppers are in the genus Capsicum, which is from the Greek