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The Spelling Bee from A to Z

A school is the last place most students want to be on a sunny weekend morning. But the place to Bee on this Saturday, Feb. 1, is at the Cabot High School auditorium, hive of the 2020 Arkansas State Spelling Bee. And it’s buzzing with a frenzied energy — the result of little rest, long

From hay to GMA: A donkey has her day

Violet of Oak Grove’s Plumlee Farms is a guide animal for the visually impaired. But the furry, chocolate-brown cutie isn’t a dog. She’s a donkey. Violet recently enjoyed camera time on ABC’s Good Morning America, where she was honored in a “Pet of the Week” segment. Robbin Plumlee, a Carroll Electric Cooperative member, says she

Chaffee Barbershop Museum in Fort Smith fit for a King

The question most often asked by visitors to Chaffee Barbershop Museum gets a disappointing answer. “They want to know whether we have a lock of Elvis Presley’s hair on display,” says Rod Williamson, curator of the place where the King of Rock ’n’ Roll got his first Army haircut on March 25, 1958. “My reply

Stop and see the flowers

As spring bursts into bloom all around us, several places in the state are having festivals and events encouraging visitors to come experience the bright sights of daffodils, jonquils and other spring bulbs in their peak season. March 1-15                                 

Underwater robotics competition to make splash in Bryant

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas and Arkansas 4-H will host the 2020 Arkansas SeaPerch Challenge, an underwater robotics competition on March 6 at The Center at Bishop Park in Bryant. The SeaPerch is a remotely operated submersible robot built from more than three dozen parts, including PVC pipe, pool noodles, three 12-volt motors and batteries.

Selections limitless, delicious at Renee’s Café in Black Rock

Renee Lawrence loves serving meals to customers at her café in Black Rock, and the customers love her charm and delicious food. Before assuming ownership of the business she renamed Renee’s Café in 2002, Renee worked as a waitress “for as long as I can remember,” including a long stint at the former Barry’s Truck

The zest is yet to come: Sunny, springy citrus recipes

In March, winter starts to let go of its grip, and we begin to see signs of spring. This transition always makes me want lighter fare, like citrus. Citrus is bright, fresh and wonderful for cooking. Whether you like oranges, lemons or limes, I have recipes for you. Like a marvelous Orange Marmalade Two Ways,

Gardeners: On your March, get set, grow!

The 2019/2020 winter might be the strangest in recent memory. The coldest temperatures were also the earliest cold temperatures on record, with an early hard freeze in November that damaged some plants. Then we had a spring-like couple of months, followed by periods of cold weather in February. Weather woes As your plants begin active

Security tips for connected devices

Today’s market offers a plethora of new gadgets and devices that claim to make our homes smarter, safer and more efficient. But, as with any new smart technology, consumers should take extra precautions to ensure these devices are secure. Internet-connected cameras have brought significant convenience to the way we monitor the security of our homes,