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Ready for the storm

Co-ops join together to keep the lights on Later this month, it will be 11 years since a catastrophic ice storm swept across northern Arkansas, coating trees and power lines with up to three inches of ice and leaving about 210,300 electric co-op members without power. The Jan. 26-28, 2009, storm eclipsed the two devastating

New beginnings

January marks the time for setting goals and expectations for a new year, often referred to as resolutions. At the outset, we are optimistic, rested from the holiday season and full of energy. Whether it’s a new business or product launch, a new school semester, a creative business plan or new family goals, we are

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 in Little Rock.  They are: Chairman, Rob Boaz, president and CEO of Carroll Electric Cooperative Vice chairman, Martha Pennington, a director for Ashley-Chicot Electric Cooperative

Attorney for Arkansas Valley Electric Co-op honored

Lonnie C. Turner, longtime attorney for Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Ozark, was recognized for his service to electric cooperatives by board members of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), at the AECC/AECI Directors’ Winter Conference on Dec. 9. Turner, 75, retired on Nov. 22 after 44 years of

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame

 It’s an exciting time to own an Arkansas restaurant, or even just to have a favorite — this year, the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame received 1,450 nominations (more than double the previous year’s numbers), which came from all 75 counties! The finalist restaurants, restaurateurs, chefs, and food-themed events will be announced Jan. 27 at

Big Buck Classic mounts its 30th anniversary event

The greatest ideas often take flight when sparked by timing and a little luck. If Alexander Graham Bell hadn’t spilled acid in his lab and summoned his assistant, he might not have been the first to transmit his voice over the telephone. If George de Mestral hadn’t examined burrs he was taking out of his

Co-op directors receive Pioneer Awards

Three electric cooperative board members were recognized for their co-op 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:

Enjoy wunderful European cuisine at Conway’s WunderHaus

The thriving downtown area of Conway is home to 300 businesses. WunderHaus restaurant is a gem among the businesses in this upcycled area. WunderHaus, located in a corner service station location, was developed by Jacqueline and Jason Smith and Auguste and Kacy Forrester. The restaurant uses products grown and raised by Arkansas farmers to deliver

You butternut miss out on winter squash season!

Winter squash is a wonderful, healthy and affordable option this time of year. For those cutting out pasta or reducing carbohydrates, there is a great spaghetti squash recipe with a speedy marinara. Love complex flavors? Try acorn squash stuffed with couscous, pecans, cinnamon, apples and cranberries. To warm up on a cold day, cook some

Worth the drive – Hampson museum offers hands-on history experience

Archeological museums can be as dry as the dust of the lost civilizations they portray. That’s happily not the case at Hampson Archeological Museum State Park, thanks to lively displays in its sleek new building that opened a year ago. Part of the captivating freshness comes from hands-on exhibits that appeal to both adults and

Colorful camellias wake up winter scenery

It is always a bit of a letdown this time of year when we take the holiday decorations down. One way to keep a spot of color in the winter landscape is the use of camellias. Camellias are evergreen shrubs that add great color from the late fall through early spring. Camellias are not as