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Gateways to nature – The CCC’s enduring legacy

It was the depths of the Great Depression, and newly-elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his team were at work devising ways to rebuild the nation’s economy by putting Americans back to work. A conservationist like his relative and former president, Theodore Roosevelt, the idea for a “tree army” to work in the nation’s forests

Birthplace of a legend: Highway dedication honors one of America’s most influential musicians

“Louis Jordan was the cat I tried most to be like.”— Bo Diddley Travelers along a stretch of U.S. 49 in Monroe County are now driving on the Louis Jordan Memorial Highway. Although the recognition is well-deserved, those born during and after the rock ’n’ roll era could be forgiven for asking “Who?” Saxophonist, singer,

Comfort foods for cold days

There’s a lot going on in February: the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day and long, lingering winter nights. It’s the perfect month for comfort food! Elvis Pancakes 1 large very ripe banana (must be ripe) ¾ cup buttermilk 1 egg, beaten 2 tablespoons melted butter ¾ cup flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda ½

The power of human alignment

Did you ever try to stack magnets? It makes a difference how you stack them. Stack the wrong way, with the magnetic poles misaligned, and they fight you, pushing back, insisting on a different direction. Working against their inner force, you will not succeed. But if you align the poles in the same direction, the

Wright’s Ranch House has great food and service corralled

About 10 years ago Mason and Brenda Wright were considering opening a restaurant, but couldn’t reach a decision. A family member told the couple, “If you don’t jump, then you will never know.” So, they jumped and have experienced success ever since as the owners of Wright’s Ranch House. The Wrights were previously employed by

Highley receives Brown Award for Communication Leadership

Duane Highley, president and CEO of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), recently received the 2019 J.C. Brown Award for CEO Communication Leadership. “Communication has always been and will always be a key to the great success of our nation’s electric cooperatives. I am honored to receive the J.C. Brown

Nutrition is key to good health

It seems so obvious. When you get a car, you regularly make sure the engine is clean and running on all cylinders. You clean filters and check plugs and battery connections. You change the oil, make sure other liquids are properly filled and check and inflate the tires to the appropriate pressure. You fill the

Winter safety tips

As winter continues, here are some steps you can take to stay safe during the cold weather. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat. Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough

Low-cost energy tips for renters 

Dear Pat: It’s great to read about all the ways energy efficiency improvements to the home can save money, but what about folks like me who are renting or don’t have a lot of money to spend? Are there things I can do to reduce my energy bills? – Chelsea Dear Chelsea: That’s an excellent

Trouble-free trimming

February and pruning seem to go hand-in-hand. This is the month when we prune roses, fruit trees and blueberry bushes, grape vines and many ornamental plants that bloom in the summer. Pruning can seem daunting to many gardeners, but the key is to do your homework and know what the expected outcomes are before beginning.