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Youth Tour 2022 Up close, personal and … in person!

Since the 1950s, the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C., to get an up-close-and-personal look at our nation’s capital. Until it couldn’t be in person. COVID-19 caused the events to be canceled in 2020 and 2021. Still, the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas kept its commitment to high school juniors,

Circle the wagons! National Chuckwagon Races pack nine days of action

Today, the rough and rugged National Championship Chuckwagon Races draw more than 20,000 people to rural Clinton each Labor Day. But it all began with a newlywed couple hosting a small gathering in the mid 1980s, explains Peggy Eoff, owner of the hosting Bar O F Ranch with her husband, Dan. “My husband and I

Hope’s fruity festival is one in a ‘melon’

One of Arkansas’ most delectable festivals will be bursting with juicy flavor Aug. 11-13 in Hope, which proudly styles itself as the “Watermelon Capital of the World.” There are other claimants to that succulent title. But the Hempstead County seat, which gained wide fame in the 1990s as President Bill Clinton’s birthplace, is seeded first

Elia’s is (Chocolate) Nacho average Mexican restaurant

The moment I entered Elia’s Mexican Grill in Morrilton, I thought, “Now, this is a special place.” The family vibe at Elia’s is sincere and real, as several of Keith and Elia Lawson’s children are members of the work family. Since opening the restaurant in 2017, the Lawsons have developed a loyal customer base that

The Cooperative Difference: Perspectives on rural priorities

One of the great things about America is the freedom to petition government on issues that are important to us. This freedom is guaranteed by the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or

Beat-the-heat treats

Have it made in the shade, savoring shrimp salad, dessert pizza, lemonade! Hummingbird Dessert Pizza Makes 2-3 servings. 1 piece naan 4 ounces whipped cream cheese 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 small banana, sliced 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon sugar 1/2 cup pineapple, chopped 1/4 cup pecans, chopped Heat oven to 400.

Web Exclusive Recipe: Easy Lemon Strawberry Trifle

Easy Lemon Strawberry Trifle Makes 6 or more servings. 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 1 lemon, zested 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 1 prepared angel food cake, cubed 2 pounds strawberries, hulled, sliced 1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping 2 cream-filled snack cakes (like Twinkies), broken into pieces In a large bowl, beat together sweetened

Recipes from our readers

Requiring minimal effort and featuring maximum flavor, simple summer salads help cooks to keep their cool! Fruity Chicken Pasta Salad Salad 4 cups cooked pasta, any shape 2 cups chicken, cooked, diced 5 stalks celery, diced 2 large apples, cored, chopped 1 cup seedless grapes, halved 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple tidbits, drained 1 (11-ounce) can

Pests eating plants? There ‘mite’ be an easy solution

Summer is in full swing with hot and humid weather. Gardeners are tasked with watering to keep plants thriving, and to add insult to injury, pests are on the rise. Gardeners should survey frequently, looking for signs of problems. Finding an issue, identifying a cause and researching a solution can prevent a major disaster. There

Editor’s Welcome: Youth Tour, an elder’s tale

Shortly after I began working here as associate editor in 2019, my supervisor, Editor Sheila Yount, suggested a travel assignment. “How would you like to go to Washington, D.C.?” “Sure!” I blurted out before she could finish the question. While Arkansas has been my home for more than 25 years, I’m from Baltimore and went

ERMCO, senator discuss supply challenges

Officials of ERMCO (Electric Research and Manufacturing Cooperative, Inc.) and Arkansas and Tennessee electric cooperative officials met with Tennessee Sen. Bill Hagerty on June 27 to discuss the challenges ERMCO is experiencing due to supply chain, labor and other issues. ERMCO, a subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), manufactures transformers — electrical devices that