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Dairy Bars: Summer’s Sweetest Eateries!

Take the heat of summer, pair it with your favorite outdoor pastimes, and stir in some nostalgia. What do you get? A nice, hearty appetite for an Arkansas homegrown favorite, the dairy bar. Popular all the way back to the 1930s, these restaurants serve ice cream and fast-food delights through an order window, allowing you

State park beaches, pools make a splash with summer swimmers

When Arkansans hear that relatives or friends are heading for the beach, the sandy shores that first come to mind may be the saltwater expanse of the Gulf Coast, stretching from Texas to the Florida Panhandle. But the landlocked Natural State is blessed with much closer beaches, most of them open free of charge. Equipped

SeaPerch: A deep dive in science, engineering and teamwork

Imagine navigating a remotely operated vehicle through an obstacle course of hoops and hurdles while maneuvering it to pick up and relocate plastic rings in a short span of time. Now, imagine doing all of this underwater. The Arkansas 4-H SeaPerch Challenge, an underwater robotics competition sponsored by the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, was held

Miller County site receives economic development certification

A 1,350-acre site near Texarkana in Miller County, Arkansas, is now certified and ready for development. On April 13, local, regional and state representatives gathered in Texarkana to celebrate the certification of the REDI Arkansas Manufacturing Center through the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas ONSite Certification program. This site, served by Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative, is

Ripe for the picking: Berry quinoa, panna cotta, cake

Breakfast Coconut Quinoa with Berries Makes 3 servings. 1 cup quinoa 2 cups coconut milk (canned or refrigerated; see note) 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 cinnamon stick Honey, fresh berries, almonds or pecans (for serving) Rinse quinoa according to package directions. In a pot with a tight-fitting lid, cook quinoa, coconut milk, brown sugar and

Open Season no longer the best-kept secret in Stuttgart

Do you love the outdoors? Do you love wildlife? Do you love a great meal? I’ll let you in on a secret. Go to Open Season Sports Bar and Grill in Stuttgart, and you will be in a state of paradise! Stuttgart is known as the duck hunting capital of the world, and Open Season

The Importance and Plight of Pollinators

Pollinator Week is June 20-26 Over the past few years, you may have heard about the “plight of the pollinators.” This phrase refers to major population declines that many pollinating species, including the iconic monarch butterfly, have faced over recent decades. What can we do to save them? Why is it important? Pollinator Week is

The Cooperative Difference: ‘Up, up and away!’

As I was preparing to write about the rising cost of energy this month, the catchphrase from Superman, “Up, up and away!” came to mind, and it reminded me of comic books. I have always loved comic books and still have many of them preserved in plastic at home. My son, Nick, now collects comics,

Everything’s coming up roses

The most recognized flower in the world is a rose. It has been the symbol for love and for war, for beauty and for nationalities. It is also one of the oldest known flowers, with historical evidence showing fossils of roses that are 35 million years old. Through plant breeding and easy accessibility, the rose

Reader Recipes: Go fish!

This month’s catch of reader recipes features shrimp and catfish. Cheesy Shrimp and Grits Makes 4 servings. 3 cups water 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1/4 cup butter 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup quick-cooking grits 1 pound pre-cooked frozen shrimp, thawed 1 cup extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded 2 garlic cloves, minced Optional garnish: green onions,

Editor’s Welcome: The ABCs of electricity when traveling

We’ve all seen the line on goofy tourist merchandise: “I went to (destination), and all I got was this lousy T-shirt!” Well, I went to Barcelona, and all I got was this lousy, frizzy hair. That was in March of 2020. And it was all because of electricity — a lack thereof. Yes, I work