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Making Spirits Bright -The Forrest family delivers annual Christmas Eve joy 

It’s about 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve in the halls of St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. There’s a feeling of anticipation in the air as hospital staff begin congregating to get a glimpse of (and maybe a picture with) the new visitors: namely, Santa, Mrs. Claus, a couple of tallish elves, TV and newspaper

Yuletide is all the time at Christmas Tree Lane

‘Twas two months before Christmas, when all through the cabin, Festive lights and fun decorations did gladden. Snowflakes were hung in a bedroom with style, Though St. Nick wouldn’t be by for a while. Merry holiday signs covered the walls, And a chiming wall clock crooned “Deck the Halls.” Sipping hot cocoa from a Christmas

May your nights be merry and bright! Holiday lights in The Natural State

The twinkling of holiday lights is more than ever a joy to behold at the end of a year when so many other normal pleasures have been dimmed. Happily, most of the Christmas-lights extravaganzas that excite so many Arkansans each December are going with the glow again. Their routines may have been adjusted due to

Five ways to stay cozy this winter

 Baby, it’s cold outside! When you’re feeling chilly at home, there are several budget-friendly ways you can keep comfortable without turning up the thermostat. Here are five easy ways to stay cozy this winter. An electric blanket can deliver quick warmth like a regular throw or blanket cannot. Electric blankets can include a variety of features,

From toy trains to avoiding flames – Remembering Christmases past

Back around 1950, it was a big deal to make a long-distance phone call on Christmas Eve from my boyhood home in Missouri to my mother Martha’s relatives in Arkansas. Long-distance calls, placed through the operator, were expensive. And my parents’ income was modest. But wishing our Stuttgart kin “Merry Christmas” was essential to the

Kasper’s in Clarksville earns an A+ 

Angela Kasper and her husband, Shane, ran a very popular restaurant in Clarksville for about 10 years before they opened Kasper’s on the beautiful campus of University of the Ozarks in 2019.  Angela said the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce and the University of the Ozarks recruited the couple to open Kasper’s in the Vorhees Building. The

Some pointers for pretty poinsettias

The holiday season is upon us, and decorating is in the air. While each year we seem to get more options for holiday plants, few can top the popularity of the poinsettia. While the red poinsettia is still the most popular, there is a wide array of colors and sizes that can fit almost any

Edible gifts: The greatest things since sliced foccacia

Every year is a good year for a food gift from the kitchen. And this year, we all need a little extra love. So, surprise friends and family with one of these treats, like Wild Haystacks, flavor bombs of chow mein noodles, smoked almonds, dried cranberries and orange zest with chocolate almond bark coating. Candy