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Worth the Drive: Pine Bluff’s civil rights past

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at 1958 college graduation Martin Luther King Jr. was not yet a household name when he delivered the 1958 commencement address at what is now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). Then 29, the Baptist minister was five years away from issuing his famous “Letter from a Birmingham

AECC Board of Directors elects new officers for 2023

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:

Take a hike on a winter’s day

With the arrival of winter, it can be tempting to hunker down inside until the daffodils begin to bloom. But, if you do, you’ll be missing out on one of the best things about living in Arkansas — the outdoors. While there are certainly days in January and February when staying inside with a cup

The Cooperative Difference: Watt’s Fair

A long time ago on an Iowa farm, I was subjected to some injustice that I can’t remember. I’m sure I wanted to do something, and my parents said, “No.” I remember that it made me angry, and I lashed out, “That’s not fair!” I definitely remember my dad calmly saying, “Buddy, you will learn

Tickled pink: Colorful Neal’s Cafe delights with fried chicken, pie

Northwest Arkansas has changed tremendously since Toy and Bertha Neal opened Neal’s Café nearly 80 years ago in Springdale. However, four generations and one new building later, the tradition of serving “best foods better” has endured. Owner Micah Neal proudly continues the family heritage of running the iconic pink gathering place. He told me exceptional

Winter, winter, chicken dinner!

The party menu is all planned, just add friends! Pear Cranberry Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing Makes 4 servings. Dressing: 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4  cup maple syrup 1/4  cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons Dijon or stone-ground mustard 1/4  cup apple cider vinegar 2  garlic cloves, minced 1/2  teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons orange juice

Aloe, there! How to succeed with succulents

Probably all of us had a grandmother with African violets on the windowsill or a philodendron plant vining around the kitchen. Houseplants have made a comeback, but these days, succulents top the list. Visit any plant store and you will see a huge array of succulents, from small hens and chick rosettes to larger paddle

Editor’s Welcome: Captivating reader photos that (almost) left us speechless

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. So, thank you, readers, for sending us 1.6 million words! You spoiled us by submitting 1,606 outstanding entries to Arkansas Living’s 2023 Reader Photo Contest. (Our ultra-organized Associate Editor Nancy Meador counted and categorized them. Our most popular category: birds with 432 entries. Egret-fully we couldn’t run

From our readers: Warm up with soup-remely comforting recipes

Best Ever Potato Soup Makes 8-10 servings. 2 pounds potatoes, chopped and cooked 1/2 pound cooked ham, diced 6 1/2 cups whole milk 1 medium onion, finely chopped 4-6 celery ribs, finely chopped 1 small carrot, shredded 2 sticks butter 1 cup flour 1 generous tablespoon chicken soup base (not bouillon) 1 1/2 teaspoons liquid

Web Exclusive Recipe: Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Flatbread Appetizer

Makes 4 servings. Caramelized Onions: 1 very large red onion 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon butter Water as needed 1 tablespoon brown sugar Salt and pepper to taste Flatbread: 2 tablespoons olive oil 8 ounces portabella mushrooms, sliced 1 teaspoon garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup chive-and-onion cream cheese or soft herb cheese

Picture This! Winners of Arkansas Living’s 2023 Reader Photo contest

And our readers are excellent storytellers. Arkansas Living’s 2023 Reader Photo Contest winners have captured moments in time, ranging from majestic to moody to merry. Often, it’s the unexpected moments that make the most stirring photographs. Dee Dee Conklin, who took “Charlotte’s Web," shares, “I was a little disappointed because it was misting rain, and