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‘The Unexpected’ Fort Smith World-class street art energizes downtown

They’re more than murals, more than painted buildings. Downtown Fort Smith’s 11 new wall- sized works by a diverse group of critically acclaimed, international street artists begins a new phase of embracing public art and creative expression for the city and tourist hub. For 10 days last September, a local nonprofit called 64.6 Downtown, a group dedicated to

While you’re there – Eight must-see Fort Smith sights

  Miss Laura’s Visitors Center: Stop in at the restored, former bordello (prostitution was once legal and regulated in Fort Smith) for a quick tour, colorful stories, visitor information and friendly volunteers to help you plan your stay.   Fort Smith National Historic Site: There’s a reason why this is a National Park —many

From the farm – Springtime at Moss Mountain Farm

Spring is a wonderful season at Moss Mountain Farm. Everything starts to bloom and come alive, setting a halcyon mood on the farm. The daffodils and tulips show up in full force, painting the farm with broad strokes of color. We put in a lot of time getting the farm ready for our spring open

Don’t lose your voice

The University of Arkansas reports, in its 2015 “Rural Profile of Arkansas,” that rural counties in Arkansas are experiencing population loss, while urban counties are growing. In the Delta region, this is the continuation of a long-term trend, while in the Arkansas mountain regions it is more recent. However, regardless of location in the state, many of

It’s time to spring forward

It’s time to spring forward Mark you calendar to move your clocks up an hour on March 13 as Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins at 2 a.m. on that date. DST, which is designed to add an extra hour of daylight in the evenings, will end at 2 a.m., Nov. 6. U.S. Department of Transportation

Hot Springs St. Patrick’s Day Parade

On March 17, downtown Hot Springs National Park will once again host the city’s notoriously wacky celebration of “the wearing o’ the green,” featuring the First Ever 13th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade. “There’s something for the entire family,” says Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs. The day’s festivities start at 4:30

Fort Smith’s Green Papaya inspires devotion

It’s funny how comfort foods can vary from region to region. In Fort Smith, a city with a surprising array of eateries from down-home country to upscale Ecuadorian, what is most noticeable from a simple drive through town is the striking preponderance of Vietnamese restaurants. More than 40 years ago Fort Smith (specifically, Fort Chaffee) was one of

Just the facts

You may recall the 2006 television ads that featured the “Energy Guys.” In the ads, two 30-something males represented the propane and electric industries. The brawny guy wore a T-shirt with “Propane” across the front. The other was a lanky guy wearing a T-shirt representing “Electricity.” These television and radio advertising lampoons were intended to

Grab your shovel, it’s time to plant

With season extenders, row covers and high tunnels, more and more gardeners are growing vegetables year-round in Arkansas. But if you are more of a traditional gardener, now is the month to begin your vegetable garden with the planting of cool-season vegetables. We can plant as soon as the soil is workable, as early as

Caregivers in crisis

Millions of family and friends who help older, disabled adults manage medications and navigate the health system may be sacrificing their own well-being, a new study suggests. Caregivers who provided “substantial help” with health care in these settings were roughly twice as likely to experience physical, financial and emotional difficulties as those who did not