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A Wing and a Prayer: Conservation groups, co-ops work toward a quail comeback

While turkeys and ducks are the focus for many Arkansans this time of year, another bird is deserving of attention: quail. After decades in decline, Arkansas’ quail population is staging a comeback, thanks to several conservation agencies and the participation of public and private landowners — including the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas — seeking to

Veteran’s spotlight: It’s jeep heaven in Ozark

For servicemen from World War II through Vietnam and beyond, the rugged, dependable jeep was a lifesaver, transporting GIs and equipment through mud and snow, as well as jungles and deserts. The simply designed four-wheel-drive vehicles were loved and lauded by privates and generals alike, including Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who called the jeep one

Quail and the cooperatives

About two years ago, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) gave wing to a practice that some distribution cooperatives have already adopted: integrated vegetation management. It is a win-win for the cooperatives and for wildlife like quail, says Stephen Cain, manager of environmental compliance for AECC, the wholesale power provider for Arkansas' 17 local electric distribution

Veteran’s spotlight: Barbecue feeds body and soul in Lake City

When Seth Simmons came home to Arkansas from the Army, he struggled to see his purpose in life. With one chance encounter, that purpose was brought back into focus, brighter and sharper than ever. “A guy at my duty station was this kid who had some battles with drugs,” he says. “The military is very

In a class of their own: Greenland, Caddo Hills educators named Teachers of the Year

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas have sponsored the Arkansas Rural Education Association’s Teachers of the Year awards since 2004. (That’s 18 years – thank you, math teachers!) Nominations are vetted by the state’s 15 educational cooperatives, which submit finalists to the association for consideration; a panel selects two winners. This year, the association awarded Garth

The Cooperative Difference: Operation Ian

If you are like me, you watched the news closely in late September as Tropical Storm Ian moved into the Caribbean Sea and gained strength. Ian strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane and hit western Cuba, resulting in a nationwide power outage. The weather models began to predict that the storm would make landfall in

Leftovers makeovers: Transform Turkey Day extras in extraordinary ways!

Mexican Lasagna Makes 4-5 servings. 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 red or green bell pepper, chopped 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 1/2 cups salsa 2-3 cups leftover turkey, diced Cooking spray 12 corn tortillas 3

Let’s Eat: Kick up your heels at Mulekick in Magnolia

Magnolia is the home of Southern Arkansas University (SAU) Muleriders, and in 2018, it became the home of Mulekick, a fun restaurant located within a mule’s shoe toss from the campus. Owners Burt Adams and Christy Ouei are doing much more than providing great meals and beverages to customers. They are instructing college students to

Web Exclusive Recipe: Cranberry Lime Slushies

Cranberry Lime Slushies Makes 4 servings. 2/3 cup jellied cranberry sauce 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice cocktail 3 tablespoons sugar (or more to taste) 2 1/2 cups ice Fresh cranberries, lime wedges for garnish (optional) Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend on high until combined and frothy. Serve

Reader Recipes: Thanksgiving sides

The traditional Thanksgiving dinner is not to be tinkered with. Still, there’s always room for one more delish side. Perhaps one of our reader’s dishes will become a treasured holiday hit at your home! Pineapple Sweet Potatoes 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks in juice 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into chunks 1/4-1/2 cup

Cover up: Season extenders prolong gardens in winter

The first frost typically marks the end of the growing season for vegetable gardens. But with the popularity of season extenders, many gardeners now grow vegetables year-round. In Arkansas, we typically have fluctuating winter temperatures, so constant coverage is usually not necessary all winter long, but planning makes unexpected low temperatures manageable. As the name

Editor’s Welcome: Great food and gratitude

Thanksgiving is all about gratitude and great food. And Opal Noble of Ward is someone who has given me a great deal of both. Chances are, she has fed your family a time or two as well. Perhaps you’ve enjoyed dishes like her Enchiladas and Mexican Rice, her Egg and Olive Cream Cheese Spread or

McClellan Generating Station celebrates 50 years

At the 50th anniversary celebration of the John L. McClellan Generating Station in Camden, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas CEO and President Vernon “Buddy” Hasten shared the sentiments of the plant’s namesake delivered at the facility’s groundbreaking. Hasten said, “These are Sen. McClellan’s words: ‘I regard this generating station as another project, another enterprise that is