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Lions and Tigers and Bears! A visit to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge 

We arrived at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) after hours, making the winding drive through the Ozarks and moving into our “Siberian Suite” in the dark. As my husband and I unloaded the car, we heard the first noises. The big cats were restless, making rumbling, trilling night-sounds distinctly larger than and unlike anything that

Let the good times roll with a Mardi Gras menu

On Feb. 13, about a million people will descend on New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. My husband is a Louisiana native, and in honor of the festival, I have crafted some fun recipes for a Mardi Gras soirée at home. A must-make dish is gumbo. It requires love and patience, but don’t worry, the

Female vs. male hearts: Is there a difference when diagnosing heart disease?

Women aren’t supposed to get heart disease. That was the thinking years ago, and that thinking persists today in the diagnosis of heart disease, according to Dr. Gerald Fletcher, a cardiologist with Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. “Women will tell me, ‘I don’t feel right,’” Fletcher says. “They don’t like to say they are experiencing

Heart health

Always consult your doctor for any matters relating to your health. This information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. The Undeniable Truths of Heart Health: Diet and Exercise Remain Keys Part 1: How to Sneak More Exercise into Your Day Sonya Angelone, a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) who holds

A silent sentinel

 Inventor Anne-Christine Hertz has developed a tool to assist patients with dementia. The patient sits on a stationary bicycle, which is positioned in front of a high-definition projection screen. As the patient pedals and steers, a computer displays street scenes from Google’s Street View program, allowing the person with dementia to safely simulate riding a

Agri Summit – 2019 Energy Outlook – Winter safety

Third Annual Agri Summit kicks off Feb. 1 Because Arkansas is a leading agricultural state in a largely agricultural nation, Arkansas farmers are key to the fabric of local economies as well as the nation’s. For the past two years, Simmons Bank has hosted an Arkansas Agri Summit to discuss the industry. Open to the

Taliano’s serves up authentic Italian

Since Taliano’s Italian Restaurant opened in 1970 it has been an institution that has served generations of loyal patrons who enjoy authentic Italian food. The restaurant, located in a classic Victorian-style house near downtown Fort Smith, is the creation of Tom Caldarera, Jr. and Jim Cadelli. The two men passed down family recipes that have

Do radiant barriers really make a difference?

 Question: I’ve heard that installing a radiant barrier in my attic could save me a lot of money on my energy bill. What exactly is a radiant barrier, and does it really make a difference? Answer: A radiant barrier reflects radiant heat and can be used to keep heat in a home during the winter

Arkansas Flower & Garden Show set for March 2-4 at new location

This year marks a new era for the Arkansas Flower & Garden Show. March 2-4 are the dates for the 2018 show at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds at 2600 Howard St. in Little Rock can be a good thing! The show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m.