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Sweet! Chocolate in The Natural State

  “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” ­ — Charles M. Schulz Every year around Valentine’s Day, people start bringing their velvet-and-satin heart-shaped boxes back to Kopper Kettle. That’s right, back. While most shoppers at Kopper Kettle — the 64-year-old granddaddy of Arkansas chocolate shops — are

Lawmakers loosen gridlock for co-op legislation

Sometimes it may appear there is only gridlock and divisiveness in Washington, D.C., and there is indeed an abundance of that. However, there are also many things being accomplished that the average American never hears about ­­— things that may not make headlines or be “exciting” enough to make the nightly news or social media.

Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas to sponsor State Spelling Bee

 The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas will sponsor the Arkansas State Spelling Bee on Feb. 1 at Cabot High School. The event begins at 9 a.m. Approximately 78,300 students from 500 schools in 60 counties across Arkansas participate in local and county contests leading up to the February competition. One winner from each county will participate

Four tips for winter safety

It’s no surprise that winter months bring increased potential for fire risks and electrical safety hazards. This makes sense because during the coldest months, consumers are using additional electrical devices and appliances, like space heaters, electric blankets and portable generators. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that 47,700 home fires occur each year in the

Simmer down: Soothing soups, from Bacon Corn Chowder to Hot & Sour

There’s nothing more comforting in winter than piping hot soup, and I have four varieties to share. Easy Enchilada Soup, a no-fuss slow-cooker recipe, features lively Mexican flavors. While most potato soups rely on tons of heavy cream, this lighter Smashed Potato & Leek recipe involves mashing potatoes to create a creamy texture. Bacon Corn

Fresh fare appealing at Cabot’s Pea Farm Bistro 

After a successful venture into a food truck business, Justin and Andrea Wilson decided to open Pea Farm Bistro in Cabot. Since 2017, they have served up locally sourced sandwiches, soups and salads. “We wanted a good local sandwich shop,” Andrea says. “We work to have the freshest, homemade options by working closely with local

Roar and explore at the Mid-America Science Museum

Visitors to the Mid-America Science Museum are greeted on their way to the entrance by a fearsome creature from the Jurassic era, more than 145 million years ago. It’s a lifelike, but not life-sized, model of a Tyrannosaurs Rex, the alpha predator among dinosaurs. The creature is scary enough to frighten small children with its

No green thumb is required to grow greens

Many Southerners ring in the new year by eating greens. When you say “greens” in the South, you may be talking about turnip, mustard or collard greens, but today we also add in kale and Swiss chard as leafy greens. And nutritious greens are as easy to grow as they are popular to eat. Turnip,