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O little town of Washington: State Park hosts historic holiday experience

We all know what modern American Christmas decorations look like. Larger-than-life inflatable penguins and snowmen in yards. Elaborately decorated Christmas trees. Houses lit up like the Griswolds’ in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” They’re the things we do to make our homes look like the picture-perfect modern Christmas. And mostly, we love it in all its

Bikers honor radio legend at annual Toy Run

Being a part of the Marine Toys for Tots campaign is always emotional for Rodney Roberts, who coordinates the event’s Little Rock motorcycle parade each December. But this year, which marks the 38th time he has led Toy Run, may be the most touching of all. That’s because for the first time in nearly 50

Fruitful family business: Anna Mary’s is ‘nut’ your typical fruitcake

Television host Johnny Carson famously quipped: “The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.” But fruitcake cracks like Carson’s never fazed Barbara and Ken Kauffman, owners of Anna Mary’s bakery in mountainous Madison County. After all, the devout Mennonite couple

Festive fare your guests will (ginger)snap up!

From breakfast to entrée to dessert, Christmas entertaining is covered! Pesto Goat Cheese Tree Makes 5 servings. 2 premade, thin, ready-to-bake pizza crusts 1/2 cup prepared pesto sauce 1 cup yellow and red cherry tomatoes, halved 1 (4-ounce) package goat cheese crumbles Cut a large triangle out of crust to make tree. Cut a small

Web Exclusive Recipe: Snowman Olive Cheeseball

Snowman Olive Cheeseball Makes 10-12 servings. For cheeseball: 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 3/4 cup green olives, chopped 1/3 cup red onion, minced 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon pepper 2 1/3 cups shredded cheddar cheese To decorate: Pretzel sticks or rosemary stems for arms Tip of carrot for nose Olives, capers or peppercorns

From boutique to bistro, Catherine’s continues family legacy in Camden

For many years, Christy Glaze’s mother, Catherine, operated an extremely popular boutique and gift store on Washington Street in Camden. After Catherine retired, Christy and her husband, Danny, bought the building. “I couldn’t stand the thought of someone else owning it,” Christy said. The couple endured a few local economic downturns in the early 2000s

The Cooperative Difference: ‘You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out’

Thanksgiving is over, the leftovers are gone, and now it is time to focus on the big one — Christmas. The day after Thanksgiving used to be the official start of the Christmas shopping season and has been termed “Black Friday” since 1952. Originally, the term “Black Friday” was coined because factory workers would call

From our readers: Cookie recipes make Christmas dreams ‘crumb’ true

Cranberry Hootycreek Cookie Mix Makes about 2 dozen cookies. 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats 1/2 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3  cup brown sugar 1/3  cup sugar 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup white chocolate chips 1/2 cup pecans, chopped In a 32-ounce wide-mouth canning jar,

Editor’s Welcome: ‘Raisins’ to smile this Christmas

This Christmas, Madelynn Moffett of Pocahontas has a lot of “raisins” to smile. More than 10,000 of them. The fifth grader recently won a national contest by Sun-Maid, earning her a seat on their Board of Imagination and a $5,000 scholarship. She also won another $5,000, not to mention a year’s worth of raisins, for

Lineworkers participate in Operation Razorback mission

Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas’ lineworkers not only serve Arkansas and other states, they also assist other countries by providing electricity to rural areas. The 2022 Operation Razorback mission in Guatemala began on Oct. 7 near Santa Martha. The crew constructed about 2 miles of power lines before a tropical storm arrived. The resulting storm’s rain

ERMCO celebrates 50th anniversary

Electric Research and Manufacturing Cooperative (ERMCO), a subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), held a celebration to honor the company’s 50th anniversary on Oct. 1 in Trimble, Tennessee. Since 1972, ERMCO has provided transformers that have been installed in all 50 states as well as Guatemala during Operation Razorback missions. ERMCO has continued to

End of season gardening to-do’s

With the arrival of the holiday season, gardening chores get pushed to the back burner, but there are still some important tasks to accomplish. How well we end one growing season can determine how well our plants grow next year. We had an unseasonably early cold spell in late October, and by now, almost all