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It’s ‘King Biscuit Time’ – Blues festival, cultural center tell Delta story

In 1986, at the first King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, the first artist to take the stage was CeDell Davis. Accompanying him on clarinet was Little Rock native Robert Palmer, a blues producer and journalist. Though no one knew it at the time, Palmer’s presence was a lucky break for the festival. “The next

Our Town, Reinvented Tourism drives new vision for Wilson

Earlier this year, when musician Holly Williams, granddaughter of country music legend Hank Williams, Sr., opened a third location of her wildly successful Nashville store, White’s Mercantile, in the northeast Arkansas farming community of Wilson, population 903, some people scratched their heads. But a visit to Wilson would assure anyone that she was onto something

Wilson Cafe wows with wonderful ingredients

When asked by the Lawrence investment group, Wilson’s new owners, what they’d most like to see added or brought back to their town, Wilson’s residents said reopening the historic Wilson Tavern, the town’s main eatery, was at the top of their wish list. The group recruited a talented Memphis couple, chefs Joe Cartwright and Shari’

Lighting up a war zone -The audacious story of electric co-ops in Vietnam

During one of the hardest chapters in American history, electric co-ops volunteered to win the war in Vietnam. They didn’t win the war, but in his new book “Poles, Wires and War, The Remarkable Untold Story of Rural Electrification and the Vietnam War,” author Ted Case tells a riveting story of how they tried. He

Memories of Arlberg – Once-booming railroad town has faded into history

At the bottom of Angora Mountain, two miles off Arkansas 110 in southwest Stone County, are the remains of Arlberg, a nearly forgotten settlement from a time long past. Near the end of Angora Mountain Road, not far from where the gravel runs into the Middle Fork of the Red River, stand worn concrete piers

The Arkansas State Fair is the ‘Natural State of Fun’

Historic changes coming to the fair, set for Oct. 12-22 With the theme “The  Natural State  of Fun,” the 2017 Arkansas State Fair is guaranteed to be not only  fun, but historic as well. This year’s fair is scheduled for 11 consecutive days, beginning Thursday, Oct. 12. This marks the first time the fair has

Hurricane heroes – Arkansas electric co-ops help restore power in Irma’s aftermath

One definition of a hero is a person who, when there is trouble, runs toward it rather than away from it. Last month, 174 electric co-op lineworkers from Arkansas did just that, volunteering to travel to Florida, South Carolina and Georgia to help restore power following Hurricane Irma. These lineworkers endure some pretty tough conditions,

Computer tip, restoring power after Hurricane Irma

Forgot your password? Expert tips for remembering the keys to your computer Setting complex passwords and changing them often may be a top cybersecurity recommendation, but how do you keep track of the darn things? Spend some time finding a way that works for you, suggests a panel of cybersecurity experts at the National Rural Electric

Clean those gutters

Autumn has officially arrived. Now is the time for tuning up heating systems, adding attic insulation where necessary, sealing out unwanted air infiltration and removing or winterizing window air conditioners. If you’d like a refresher in these areas, previous Smart Energy Tips columns can be found online at Furthermore, if your house has rain

For spring flower displays, plant bulbs now

Spring-blooming bulbs are one of the easiest ways to add color to the landscape with the least amount of effort. You can dig a hole, drop in a bulb, then sit back and wait for spring flowers. Fall is the ideal time to plant, so get out your shovel and start planting. By definition, a