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Tee Time! Take a swing on The Natural State Golf Trail

Highway signs across Arkansas steer motorists to The Natural State Golf Trail. It’s not a single route, but rather a network of inviting courses that provides pleasures and challenges to golfers from Arkansas and other states. Spearheaded by former Gov. Mike Beebe when he was state attorney general, the golf trail came into play in

Diamonds mine national title: Senior women’s basketball club scores championship 

Heading into the 2022 National Senior Games, Sharon Thornton had but one thing on her mind, something she was none too shy about sharing with her teammates. No more doggone ribbons. “We’d finished fourth three times,” she says of her senior women’s basketball club, the Arkansas Diamonds, based in Hot Springs. “You just get a ribbon for

Arkansas,The Natural(ists) State: Arkansas Master Naturalists protect state’s beauty

Marvel may have Guardians of the Galaxy, but Arkansas has its own protectors and preservers who marvel at the state’s wild beauty. Arkansas Master Naturalists is a volunteer organization that celebrates and safeguards The Natural State in all its natural forms. “We’re like Master Gardeners on steroids,” says J.B. Portillo, membership chair and treasurer for

Uniquely Arkansas: Johnson County plans fruitful 80th fest

For the Johnson County Peach Festival, the last two years have been, well, the pits. Due to COVID-19, the annual downtown Clarksvillle celebration was canceled in 2020. And while the Peach Festival was back “in the flesh” in 2021, one important ingredient was missing: peaches. Milisa Woodard, festival president and a member of Arkansas Valley

The Cooperative Difference: United We Stand

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays because it signifies the birth of our great nation. It serves as an annual reminder that our forefathers all came together and signed the Declaration of Independence. Our magazine is normally delivered early in the month, so odds are, as you are reading this article,

Herbs deliver great dill of flavor

Sprinkles of garden goodness enhance summer dip, salad, flatbread and egg salad. Ozarks Tzatziki Makes 6 servings. 1 large cucumber (English variety works best) 8 ounces sour cream 1 large garlic clove, minced 2 green onions, sliced 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped Dash of lemon pepper seasoning Use a grater to

Jim’s Place (but Carol Runs It) has funny name, seriously good food

About nine years ago, Carol Stockman and her husband, Jim, decided to open their own restaurant in Ashdown. While talking to a banker about the venture, they decided on the name: Jim’s Place (but Carol Runs It). A perfect name, as Jim is a happy, silent partner. Since opening, the restaurant has attracted customers from

Reader Recipes: Salty snacks for summer

It’s crunch time! Whether spending days swimming, hiking, camping or just Netflix-ing, be prepared for summer snack attacks. Trash Bag Mix 8 ounces corn snacks (like Bugles) 8 ounces cheese crackers (like Goldfish) 16 ounces pretzel twists 20 ounces salted cashews 3/4 cup vegetable oil 1 (1-ounce) packet dry ranch dressing mix Pour all ingredients

Tooling around the garden

Gardening encompasses flowers, vegetables and fruits, lawns and containers — both indoors and out. The type of gardening you enjoy will determine what tools you need to accomplish the tasks. The larger the yard, the more equipment you need. While some gardeners maintain large gardens, small and raised-bed gardens have become more popular, so the

Editor’s Welcome: Supporting a ‘cereal-ously’ important cause

Ice cream. Hot dogs. Watermelon. Corn on the cob. They’re the official foods of summer. At the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, there’s another food we fondly associate with this season: cereal. Since 2012, the cooperatives have participated in the THV11 Summer Cereal Drive to benefit the Arkansas Foodbank. The drive, held from late May to