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Pick a patch of pumpkins! Fall arrives at Arkansas family destinations

At just shy of turning 2 years old, Otto Teague’s favorite activity at the pumpkin patch was attempting feats of strength. “He loved it,” mom Amy Teague of Little Rock says. “His favorite thing was walking around the pumpkins, trying to pick them up.” That was in 2019. Teague had taken her son, then 22

‘Operation Ida’

Having served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, stationed on the East Coast all that time, my wife, Tracy, and I are very familiar with hurricanes and the damage they can do. Like our neighbors, we maintained a “hurricane closet” because there are no basements in Virginia Beach. That closet was always kept stocked

A class of their own: Ozark, Oark educators named Teachers of the Year

The Arkansas communities of Ozark and Oark are separated not just by an alphabet letter. There are 30-some mountainous miles between them, maybe 20 as the hornet — the Oark mascot — flies. Still, Ozark, a city in Franklin County, and Oark, a considerably tinier unincorporated area in Johnson County, have their similarities. Both regions

Reader Recipes: Soup’s on!

Crawfish, Shrimp & Corn Bisque 1 1/2 sticks butter 1/2 cup bell pepper, diced 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced 1 tablespoon garlic, minced 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced 2 pounds medium shrimp, cooked and peeled 12 ounces crawfish tails, cooked 1 teaspoon white pepper 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon chicken base (powder or

Let’s Eat: Woods Place catfish is ‘off-the-hook’

James and Patty Woods opened Woods Place in Camden in 1984, after James had worked in the restaurant business for many years. Today, their restaurant is an institution for catfish lovers across the nation. The Woodses, having moved to Camden for James to manage a chain restaurant, were presented with an opportunity to purchase Kreg’s

Ready your October garden for a colorful fall, winter and spring

October is a great month to garden. The weather is cooling off, the humidity is lower, and we can enjoy being outside again. Whether you are planting or cleaning up, there is plenty to do. The signs of fall are everywhere. From pumpkins and gourds to cornstalks and mums, there are plenty of ways to

Still rolling: Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival honors 30th anniversary

While the pandemic shut down many community events in 2020, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival — the longest-running nonfiction film festival in North America — did not simply fade to black. Explains Jennifer Gerber, HSDFF director: “Last year, because of COVID-19, we had to put on our festival in a very different way. It

Delightful, frightful Halloween treats

This column kicks off my favorite time of the year — the holidays. These recipes are festive and delicious. I crafted a Southwest Spooky Cheeseball that can be decorated any number of ways; turn it into a pumpkin, a witch, Frankenstein, etc. An easy party dip is my simple Sun-dried Tomato Spread with feta and