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Homegrown – The victory gardens of 2020

In these times of conscientious handwashing, one of the most refreshing ways to melt away those spikes of pandemic-related anxiety turns out to be getting our hands deep in the dirt. With many staying at home to minimize social contact that might spread the coronavirus, Arkansans are heading to our yards and into the sunshine.

It’s all about service – An interview with Vernon “Buddy” Hasten

When Vernon “Buddy” Hasten took over the reins as president and CEO of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. (AECI) last October, he approached his new role as he had always done — he established plans with specific goals. “When I first came on board, I thought out what a 30-,

Arkansans go the distance while social distancing

Social distancing — avoiding close contact with others to minimize the spread of disease — has limited our physical proximity to one another during the coronavirus pandemic. Still, in other ways, it has brought Arkansans together. Since March, the state has seen the temporary closing of every possible gathering place, from schools, workplaces and gyms

Restaurants feel the heat during the pandemic

Difficult times call for comfort food. But edible solace was harder for Arkansans to come by due to the coronavirus pandemic. For public safety, Gov. Asa Hutchinson on March 19 ordered the closure of all state restaurant dining rooms. No longer able to offer sit-down service, eateries and bars were left with two choices: shift

Youth Tour canceled due to safety concerns

Since the late 1950s, the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students from across the country to experience Washington, D.C., each year. But not this year. The reason: the coronavirus pandemic. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association states, “Based on the health risks and local, state and national orders, as well as recommendations

National Spelling Bee p-o-s-t-p-o-n-e-d

“Westerlies,” secured 10-year-old Thomas Sinclair’s win at the 2020 Arkansas State Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, in February. The word, which means “winds blowing from the west,” was supposed to be the Garland County fifth-grader’s ticket to travel northeast to the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee this month. But the organization

‘Making Accidents Disappear’ to appear on Facebook

With children home for the duration of the school year and the summer, what better time to teach them about safety? No one makes learning about electrical safety more fun than magician Scott Davis, who teams up with the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas for the “Making Accidents Disappear” program. The show — full of tricks,

Enjoy the royal treatment — and treats — at Daisy Queen

The Daisy Queen restaurant in Marshall is an Arkansas classic that continues to serve great meals and lots of sweet treats to customers traveling  U.S. 65. The restaurant has been in the Mays family since 1965. It was operated by Bill and Patsy Mays until 2002, when their son Jeff and daughter-in-law Robin took the

Budget-friendly bites from noodles to dip to rice

Cheap Eats. Economical meals. Whatever you call them, these recipes will be easy on your budget. I make a Cheeseburger Casserole that also can be transformed into Cheeseburger Pie. My flavorful Easy Bean Dip comes together in minutes with ingredients that cost less than $1. Filling Asian Peanut Noodles are a huge hit with my

It’s time for reading, seeding and weeding

It’s time for reading, seeding and weeding Our world has gone topsy-turvy recently, and we are all hunkering down and staying close to home. There has never been a better time to start a home vegetable garden than now. Plotting it out May is a great time to plant all of the warm-season vegetables. If

Gardens yield bounty of memories

My amiable mother, Martha, a friend to almost any creature great or small, did have an implacable enemy she battled each summer as it laid siege to her backyard tomato plants. An Arkansas native, she’d been born in 1913 as the fourth of seven children in a financially strapped farm family on the Grand Prairie

Arkansas on page and screen

Need more entertainment during your quarantine to flatten the curve of the coronavirus? Here are some Arkansas related books, movies, television shows and documentaries to enjoy. They not only entertain, but also provide a glimpse of Arkansas landscapes, culture and history that you can visit in the future. True Grit The late Charles Portis, an