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Let there be lights

Once upon a time, there was a state Capitol building in the land of Arkansas. The people had completed the Capitol building 23 years earlier in the year 1915, but they had not done much to make the grounds pretty or maintain the property. Few public buildings did much decorating to celebrate the holiday season

Arkansas Voices – From lessons to solutions

From lessons to solutions We all can remember our first jobs — the ones that most of us complained about because we wanted to spend time with friends. But our parents knew that joining the workforce would teach us valuable lessons for the future. My parents were right. My jobs did teach me valuable lessons

Arkansas Essay – What ‘Star Wars’ means to me

What 'Star Wars' means to me Sitting in a movie theatre in 1977 in Fort Smith with my oldest brother, friends and other family as we all prepared to see “Star Wars” for the first time, I had no idea what was about to happen to all of us. We certainly had no foreknowledge a

Have an energy-efficient Christmas

It’s Christmas 2015 and many of you have transitioned to energy-efficient LED lighting for your Christmas tree, fireplace mantel, house and landscape. LED holiday lighting uses approximately 80 percent less energy and is bu ilt to last. Under normal use, it is projected to last for at least four decades. Plus, the days of finding the

Try the culinary creations at Alma’s Let’s Eat restaurant

A wise piece of advice is to do what you love for a living so it doesn’t seem like work. The owner of the Let’s Eat in Alma followed this advice and bought the restaurant after working in restaurants since 1998. “My mom and grandmas taught me to do what I love … I love to cook,” said

Clinton Library hosts ‘Coca-Cola: An American Original’ exhibit

The Clinton Presidential Library and Museum is celebrating the art and history of the Coca-Cola bottle during the soft drink company’s 100-year anniversary with the temporary exhibit, “Coca-Cola: An American Original.” The exhibit opened Nov. 7 and continues through Feb. 15, 2016. Divided into two sections, the exhibit occupies the Garden View room, located on the

Tips for aging well

Although you can’t stop time, the right type and amount of physical activity can help stave off many age-related health problems.More than half (59 percent) of Americans expect to still be living at home independently at the age of 80, according to a recent survey by the American Physical Therapy Association. However, the same study showed

Sharing the light

I have mixed memories surrounding the annual hanging of holiday lights at our house. I enjoyed the beauty of the lights once hung, but it was sometimes frustrating getting them all to work. Thanks to LED lights, the annual chore of running through an entire string of lights to find the burned-out bulb is largely a thing of years