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Berry soup, crumble and shortcake: The time is ripe!

For me, berry season means juicy desserts, clouds of whipped cream and big smiles. I love every type of berry and have incorporated a bounty into my recipes. I have a luscious Strawberry Soup, which is perfect on a hot day. My easy Berry Crumble — a medley of berries baked with a crisp top

Care and feeding – Help for the hungry in Arkansas

The Arkansas Foodbank drive-through distribution event, hosted by the Outlets of Little Rock on April 28, wasn’t to begin until 10 a.m. But struggling families seeking food began lining up in their cars early. By 5:30 a.m. Says Arkansas Foodbank CEO Rhonda Sanders, “I did not realize how massive it was until about 8:30, and

Honor flights for COVID-19 frontline workers

The coronavirus pandemic has been compared to an enemy in a war, and so it was fitting that the frontline troops in this fight, health care workers, first responders and other essential workers, were honored with two ceremonial flyovers last month. On May 7, the “Arkansas: A United State” flyover featuring four World War II

Just look up – Arkansas skies are a stargazer’s heaven

If you can spot the seven stars forming the Big Dipper, that’s a first step toward adding a twinkle to your stay-at-home routine in these pandemic times. It’s an after-dark diversion that might turn into an enthusiasm, comfortably pursued from your porch, yard or field — alone or with family members. A human fascination since

Stormy spring leaves thousands without power

Spring storms swept across Arkansas, causing extensive damage to some electric co-op distribution systems and leaving thousands without power. Only two weeks after an EF3 tornado touched down in Jonesboro on March 28, leaving about 2,200 members of Craighead Electric Cooperative without power, another severe thunderstorm swept across south Arkansas on Easter Sunday, April 12.

You count, so be counted! 

More households needed to complete 2020 census Have you filled out your census yet? We’re asking because it matters, and the more Arkansans who respond, the better off Arkansas will be for the next decade. It’s a pretty basic concept. If the government does not know who lives in your community, you can’t be factored

Alexa: ‘Can you help me save energy?’

Before this year’s virus protection measures turned business meetings and even family gatherings into smartphone conference calls and video conferences, your electric appliances jumped on the bandwagon of internet-connected energy. If that makes your gadgets and gizmos sound almost human, well, in some ways that’s exactly what’s happening. Talking to a computer isn’t just for

T’s Place in Pine Bluff has Southern food down to a T

Sometimes you meet people who truly love what they do. This is the case with David and Michelle Smith, owners of T’s Place in Pine Bluff. The couple will celebrate 28 years together in July. T’s Place was originally Ann’s Café, which opened in 1997 with David’s mom, Francis Ann Kelley, running day-to-day operations. David,

Five home energy hogs

Dear Pat and Brad: Our family has been trying to reduce our monthly expenses. The other day, my sister-in-law and I compared our electric bills. I was surprised to find out her energy costs were significantly lower than mine, even though our homes are similar in size and built around the same time. What could

For colorful clematis, it’s a vine and dandy year

So far, it has been a spectacular year for clematis. The flowers have been stunning with many more to follow. Clematis is a vine that can be grown on walls, on pergolas or in containers. Or it can be left to ramble through trees and shrubs. There are more than 600 named varieties of clematis