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A Century of Honor

From Armistice Day to Veterans Day The afternoon of Nov. 11, 1918, Sgt. Jasper Harrell Burke of Marion was more than 4,600 miles from home, working in an Army Expeditionary Forces mechanic’s shop near the front in France. At about 3 p.m., word came that Germany had signed the Armistice: the terrible fighting of World

‘The Spirit of the American Doughboy’ 

Immediately following World War I, even beyond Armistice Day, national interest was understandably high in finding ways to honor and remember the Americans who had served in the war and helped bring about victory. In 1920, E. M. Visquesney, an Indiana sculptor of French descent, himself a veteran of the Spanish-American War, created a life-size,

MacArthur Museum makes its return

“I shall return.” — Little Rock native Douglas MacArthur in a speech after retreating from the Philippines during World War II. He and Allied troops did return, more than two years later. With new porches, new interior, new HVAC and new lighting, the MacArthur Museum of Military History is ready for its inspection. After promising

Managing risks

Ted Thomas, chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, shares his views for Arkansas’ energy future With some of the lowest electric rates in the nation and an ample supply of generation resources, times are good for Arkansas’ electric utility industry.  However, Ted Thomas, chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC), which oversees Arkansas’

The Cellist of Sarajevo

For 1,425 days, from April 1992 to February 1996, over 13,000 Bosnian Serbs surrounded the city of Sarajevo, pounding it with rounds of artillery, mortar and gunfire. A few years ago, I met a young man who survived that siege as a young child. When asked if he remembered the end of the war, he

Cooperative workers rebuild after Hurricane Michael

Even before Hurricane Michael, the Category 4 hurricane that was the largest ever to hit the Florida panhandle and one of the largest to hit anywhere in the continental U.S., made landfall, 104 lineworkers from Arkansas’ electric cooperatives were already on the way to help. They joined more than 35,000 workers from 27 states and

New book showcases Arkansas’ hidden history

A lot of great books come out about Arkansas each year, but few authors write with as much authority on the little, curious back-corners of the state and the weird facts and stories that spring from them than Joe David Rice, author of the newly released book, Arkansas Backstories, Volume 1: Quirks, Characters, and Curiosities

It’s time to fall back 

 Mark your calendar to move your clocks back an hour as Daylight Saving Time (DST) for 2018 ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. DST, which is designed to add an extra hour of daylight in the evenings, began this year on March 11. It will begin again at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10, 2019.

Give thanks for dessert!

 Not Your Mama’s Pumpkin Pie 1 prepared deep-dish pie crust                                                        1 (15 oz.) can of pumpkin 3 eggs ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup white sugar ¼ teaspoon

Experience the culinary creations at the Eclectic Kitchen

About a year ago, Brian Evans opened the Eclectic Kitchen near the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville he has been delighting customers with culinary artwork that reflects his experiences and talents as a chef ever since. Evans attended the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon, and worked in the kitchens of famous restaurants in

Efficient holiday lighting options

It’s a shame that holiday lighting can lead to higher energy bills, but the good news is, there are strategies that can save you money without dampening your holiday spirit! One of the best ways to save energy is LED lights, which use about 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. The amount of money

From the ground up

The soil is the foundation of a garden. The healthier the soil, the healthier and more resilient your plants will be. Too many of us in Arkansas are blessed with more rocks than soil, but even those who do have decent soil often lack organic matter. Building up a strong soil and amending with organic

In a nutshell: How to grow prolific pecan trees

With the holidays approaching, many people purchase pecans for baking. As prices increase, so does the desire to plant a pecan tree and produce nuts at home. As a general rule, I tell home gardeners to consider pecan trees as good shade trees. If you get quality nuts without diseases or insects — and you