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A little Romance: White County town a Valentine’s sweet spot

A tiny Arkansas post office is also among the state’s busiest during the first half of February. It’s a love affair that brings a flood of Valentine’s Day cards to a rural White County community.  The magic word behind this annual surge of mail is “Romance.” That name, sweet as sugar, is inspiration for the

Charolette Tidwell, action hero

Charolette Tidwell, a petite Fort Smith woman with a giant smile and bigger laugh, is a bona fide action hero. Not of the Arnold Schwarzenegger variety, although she could probably do that, too. Rather, Tidwell is an everyday hero who is constantly springing into action; when she sees something that needs doing, she cannot help

Uniquely Arkansas: Where the Buffalo flows

Over the years, the beautiful Buffalo River has inspired many a song and even some entire albums. Which is fortunate because a proper party playlist is certainly needed for a major Buffalo achievement. This year — March 1, to be exact — marks the 50th anniversary of the Buffalo becoming a “national river,” America’s first

Tap into good food and times at Copper Mule Table & Tap

Rob and Jamie Gaston are not afraid to follow their instincts, which led them to open Copper Mule Table & Tap in Bryant. “We were watching a football game with friends in Bryant and wanted to go to a local restaurant to enjoy a great meal in a relaxing environment,” Rob said. “The only thing

Editor’s Welcome: Best friends fur-ever

Here’s a truly warm, fuzzy “tail” for Valentine’s Day. This love story began six years ago at the Union County Animal Protection Society in El Dorado, when nursing student Rachael Osbon was introduced to a cuddly charmer. It was pawsitively love at first snuggle for Rachael and Torty the cat (formerly Funyon). While she adopted

The Balance of Power

I left the farm in Keokuk, Iowa, to enlist in the Navy’s nuclear power program in 1987. My real motivation for joining the Navy was to generate money for college. Neither of my folks had a high school diploma, and they surely couldn’t afford to send me to college. One time I asked my dad

Soothing, silky, spicy souperstars

February is the perfect time to enjoy a piping hot bowl of soup. My Baked Potato soup is hearty, delicious and more flavorful than traditional varieties because I add French onion dip instead of sour cream. For a healthy, soothing soup, try my easy, silky Roasted Vegetable Soup. My Green Chili Pork Stew is another

Reader Recipes: Candy-inspired desserts

We have a “confection” to make: We heart chocolate! If you do too, try one of these candy-inspired desserts this Valentine’s Day — or any day! Butterfinger Cake 1 (15.25-ounce) box chocolate cake mix (plus water, oil, eggs to prepare) 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 3 (1.9-ounce) Butterfinger bars, crushed, divided use 1 (8-ounce)

Blooms are a sign of love, now and flor-al

Every Feb. 14, couples around the world celebrate their  love, and flowers are a common addition. This day is much more than a simple celebration, it is an important date for economies around the world, generating massive revenue for florists, restaurants and jewelers. Candy and card sales are also high. In 2020, a record $27