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Arkansas’ Ozarks -Through the lens of Tim Ernst

A blazing golden winter sunrise, the morning after a winter storm dumped several inches of fresh snow, Hawksbill Crag, Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area, Ozark National Forest, Newton County.                    

Hearty soups for a winter day

There is nothing like a warm bowl of soup on a cold January night to warm your insides. It’s pure comfort food. Here are four soups to get you through the winter, each with its own unique taste and level of difficulty. My absolute favorite is the Biscuit & Gravy soup, which is a dinner

Getting your annual physical

When was the last time you had a physical? If you’re like 38 percent of Americans, you might not remember. That’s okay: Make 2019 the year you set up an appointment to see your primary care physician. Use this opportunity to get baseline numbers on your health while discussing concerns or asking questions. Here’s what

Diverse power sources keep Arkansas’ electric rates low

How do you save over $400 per year on your electric bill?  It’s easy … don’t move out of Arkansas. In the most recent study by the United States Energy Information Administration, Arkansas ranks No. 2 (tied with Idaho) for the lowest cost of electricity across all sectors. When compared to the national average for

AECC board elects new officers

The board of directors of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC), the Little Rock-based wholesale power supplier for Arkansas’ 17 electric distribution cooperatives, elected new officers at the board’s December meeting. They are: chairman, Mark Robbins, a director for Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative; and vice chairman, Rob Boaz, president and CEO for Carroll Electric Cooperative; secretary-treasurer,

Co-op directors receive service awards

Two electric cooperative board members were recognized for their service at the Directors’ Conference of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), in December in Little Rock. Receiving the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas’ Pioneer Wall of Fame Award for 35 years of service on their local electric co-op boards were: Robert

Paying down your debt

Ignored debt can be like a shadow in the late afternoon, growing exponentially while your back is turned thanks to compounding monthly interest rates. Don’t let financial doom and gloom sneak up on you. Be proactive; with some common-sense tactics, you can pay off your debts and be on your way to a sunny financial

Wagon Wheel Country Café sets standard in Springdale

Wagon Wheel” was the name of a popular country song a few years ago, but its popularity pales in comparison to that of the Wagon Wheel Country Café in Springdale. Linda Bryant, a retired long-time food services manager for the Springdale School District, opened the restaurant about nine years ago and has been pleasing customers

Let’s hear it for hollies

When it comes to landscaping, few plants offer more variety than hollies. The holly family is quite diverse, with plants ranging in mature size from 2 feet tall to 40 feet tall, and spreads 10 inches to 20 feet. While many people conjure up an image of thorny foliage and bright red berries, there are