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Hot Springs Eternal – Storied national park celebrates its centennial  

Renowned author Dee Brown once praised the Hot Springs bathhouses for radiating a “spirit of elegance and luxury, reminiscent of old Rome at the height of its pagan glory.” Those man-made splendors, mingling with the allures of nature, continue to make Hot Springs National Park a nonpareil pleasure during this year’s centennial marking its establishment

Hot Springs: It’s all about the water

For all its offerings, Hot Springs National Park exists first and foremost because of the fascinating thermal water that has flowed from the earth’s depths here for thousands of years.  To be exact, 4,400 years.  When the Egyptians were building the pyramids, the water that flows today from the park’s hot springs was falling as

Petit Jean State Park honors founder with new visitor center – A vision for the future

  While working for the Fort Smith Lumber Co. as a company physician in 1907, Dr. T.W. Hardison found another calling to a life already filled with service.  In addition to medicine, Hardison would become the founder of Arkansas’ State Parks system, serving it in various roles for decades until his death in 1957. It

‘Call Tom Hasten’

  I took a screen shot of my “Task List” today. It shows that I have one seriously overdue task, one that dates back to Jan. 30, 2014. The bad thing about this task is that it can never be completed. There are no “do-overs.” My busy life has moved on. I would like to

Looking back 75 years ago

In June 1946, Arkansas’ electric co-ops continued the rural electrification of the state after World War II greatly slowed the movement. Later that year, in November, the co-ops also launched the Arkansas REA News, which later became Rural Arkansas and now Arkansas Living, to help keep their members informed about the co-ops and rural electrification.

New generation serves old, new favorites at Sue’s Kitchen Express

  When I was in college at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, my fraternity brothers and I considered it a special treat to have lunch at Sue’s Kitchen on Main Street. Ms. Sue was always there with a big, warm smile, and her signature homemade meals that could make a bad day great with just

Uniquely Arkansas – Purple hull? Yes, peas!

  A proud “peas” of southwest Arkansas culture and history was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic — Emerson’s annual PurpleHull Pea Festival and World Championship Rotary Tiller Race. Though it will be shorter in duration, the 2021 festival (Emerson’s 31st) will take place this summer — come “hull” or high water. Though

Bright sides: Creative spins on classic summer salads

Everyone needs a great side dish to take to summer gatherings, and we have four for you this month. For a unique pasta salad, try Barbecue Ranch Pasta Salad topped with crispy fried onions. Flavorful Roasted Garlic and Smoked Paprika Potato Salad is outstanding. My Mexican Street Corn Salad is another favorite, and it couldn’t

Recipes from our readers

 Deep South Wild Pig Dip 1    pound wild pig sausage (or store-bought sausage) 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese 3 (10-ounce) cans diced tomatoes and green chilies (hot or mild) 16 ounces sour cream 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (divided) 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Cook, drain and crumble

Say ‘Hi’ to head-turning hibiscus

  Temperatures are heating up, and that is just what some plants like. Hibiscus are great plants for the summer garden in Arkansas heat. When hearing the word hibiscus, most people imagine the showy, tropical blooming plant Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, but there are others as well. Hibiscus plants are in the mallow family, along with almost

Four efficient cordless tools for Dad

  With Father’s Day approaching, you may still be trying to decide on gifts for Dad. If your father or husband is a DIYer, you cannot go wrong with rechargeable power tools.  Rechargeable cordless tools are worth the investment when the corded version is the least convenient option. For example, a power drill is something