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Winter in The Natural State

When it comes to Arkansas’ natural beauty, no one has captured it better than Tim Ernst, Arkansas’ well-known wilderness photographer. We are pleased to share a few of the many of photographs of The Natural State covered in ice and snow that he has taken during his 45-year career.  “We don’t get many big snowfalls

The cooperative difference – Ducking out of the ‘Duck Curve’

Many of you are familiar with the song “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” but I wonder how many of you are familiar with a story where the lights actually went out in California in 2020. On Aug. 14, more than 2 million Californians were plunged into the dark when the sun set,

Looking Back – 75 years of Arkansas Living

In 1946, the year Arkansas’ electric co-ops began producing a monthly publication for members, the price of a gallon of gas was 15 cents, and you could buy a new home for $5,600. The average annual wage for a worker was $2,600, and the average cost of a new car was $1,120. It only cost

Celebrate MLK Day Jan.18 by giving back

Presumably because of the pandemic, we did not have enough January events submitted to (and other state and local calendars we check) to publish an Around Arkansas calendar of events this month. Virus cases are still rising, so caution seems to be on communities’ minds.  One event we did find seems like a good

AECC board elects new officers for 2021

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.  The 2021 AECC Board of Directors officers are: Chairman — Martha Pennington, a director for Ashley-Chicot Electric Cooperative, Hamburg. Vice Chairman —

Walk for health at any age – Get those sneakers on, and get moving!

Almost anyone can do it, and it’s one of the best paths to fitness and health. “Walking can be done anywhere at any time, and it’s an excellent way to stay active and healthy,” says Serena Weisner, director of community programming for the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA), a national coalition working to raise awareness and

A way with words – Acclaimed crossword constructor Fleming joins Arkansas Living

Many in Central Arkansas have gotten to know Victor Fleming — and perhaps they wish they hadn’t  — through his day job. Fleming has served as the Little Rock traffic judge since 1997. His official title is State District 31 Judge, Little Rock, Second Division, a mouthful. And while maybe we at Arkansas Living weren’t

Me-Oh-My! Beech Street Bistro cooks up Creole in Crossett

The motto at the Beech Street Bistro in Crossett is “Shine where you’re at,” and the establishment does just that under the direction of owners Chester and Laura Huntsman. Opening the quirky joint was a dream the couple realized in 2018, after they spent a year and a half lovingly and thoughtfully renovating a 100-year-old

A tost(ada) to a tasty and healthy new year!

If you are burned out on sweets and treats, it’s time to make lighter recipes. Shrimp is always a high-protein, low-fat option; try it in Shrimp Tostadas with Lime Slaw. Featuring boiled eggs and potatoes, my Salad with Peanut Dressing, inspired by a dish I tried in Indonesia, makes a hearty winter salad. My Quick

Weather winter by finding plants’ comfort zone

There are innumerable plants in the world, and knowing which to choose can be a daunting task. A plant may be labeled an annual in one climate, a perennial in another or an evergreen in a tropical environment. Plants’ needs vary by sunlight, water, fertilization and soil types, and a key component to survival is