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Sharing the bounty -The Arkansas Gleaning Project helps fight hunger

How do you feel about leftovers in your kitchen? Guilty when you have to throw them away? Resourceful when you are able to make them into more meals? Those sentiments and an eagerness to help feed Arkansas families are at the heart of an extraordinary program quietly spreading through the state since 2008. Let’s say

Plants with a payback – Grow your own veggies and save money at the market

If you’re going to take a shot at growing your own dinner this year, a good place to start is by picking the crops that offer the best return on your investment. Experienced gardeners quickly learn that some types of homegrown vegetables work out better than others. Choices such as onions and peppers, for example,

You could be a winner – Apply for the 2016 Energy Efficiency Makeover

What began as an inspiring idea continues to evolve this month as we launch another Energy Efficiency Makeover (EEMO) contest. This year marks our ninth consecutive EEMO program in which we transform uncomfortable homes with higher-than-normal electric bills into energy-efficient showcases. The application process for EEMO 2016 begins May 1. However, many behind-the-scenes preparations began

The seven worst gardening blunders

Good gardeners aren’t born with “green thumbs” that give them mystical powers to make any plant thrive. Gardening is like any endeavor. The more you know, the more success you’re likely to have. Every setback can serve as a learning experience and evidence for the saying that “Everything I learned about gardening can be found in

Out of the past Co-ops provide power for the future, here and abroad

“There is no difference between time and any of the three dimensions of space except that our consciousness moves along it.” — H.G. Wells, “The Time Machine.” If you could travel backward in time, to when would you go? To 1858 to see the famous debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas? Or maybe go

Tourists spend $7.2 billion in The Natural State

The positive economic impact of tourism in Arkansas continues to be significant, according to datarecently released from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism (ADPT). In 2015, the state hosted more than 28 million visitors, who spent $7.2 billion in total travel expenditures, $374 million in state taxes and $137 million in local taxes. ADPT’s 2015-2016 Annual Report,

Better slow down for Mustang Sally’s

In 2013, Perry County native Robert Allen and the Calfneck Capital Corp. brought the smell of great food back to the Courthouse Square in Perryville. Their restaurant, Mustang Sally’s, opened in a site that has a rich heritage of pleasing local diners. Today, the restaurant is pleasing patrons from across Arkansas. The restaurant’s location was

Elvis stopped here – Chaffee Barbershop Museum celebrates famous haircut and more

Each year, thousands of people visit the reconstructed barbershop where Elvis Presley was given his famous Army haircut at Fort Chaffee in Fort Smith. But the Chaffee Barbershop Museum is more than just a place to celebrate a moment when “The King” of rock ‘n’ roll had his coiffure clipped. Presley received his draft notice

Add pizzazz to your garden

  Annual and perennial flowers are a sure-fire way to add pizzazz to a garden. When choosing color for your garden, make sure you have something blooming in every season. Annuals are plants we need to replant every year, so you don’t want a yard that is all annuals, or you have to replace the

Be a well woman, National Women’s Health Week set for May 8-14

Every year on the second Sunday in May, Mother’s Day serves as a reminder to honor and celebrate the important women in our lives, and to let those who are still with us know just how much they are valued and appreciated. In keeping with the spirit of the holiday, the U.S. Department of Health