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Searcy’s Season to  Shine

After winning a $500,000 investment in the community, Searcy stars on television series’ new season It was a sultry late-June evening, the kind where the clouds overhead seem to hold in the heat instead of cooling it down, but the picturesque scene in downtown Searcy that Friday could still take your breath away. Thousands filled

Franke’s Cafeteria celebrates a century of feeding Arkansas

This month, Franke’s Cafeteria will blow out 100 candles on its birthday cake. Perhaps more appropriate would be pie. Egg custard pie. The creamy, lightly spiced signature dessert is one of the savored specialties at Franke’s — which claims to be “Arkansas’ Oldest Restaurant” on its plastic trays — that has kept customers coming back

You own an enterprise

 Have you ever heard the phrase “from soup to nuts?” Wikipedia defines it to mean “from beginning to end.” It is also described as a full-course dinner! Well, this concept of “having it all” is what you get as a member-owner of your local electric distribution cooperative. Your membership in your local cooperative means that

AECI board elects new officers

 The Board of Directors for Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), the statewide service organization of Arkansas’ electric co-ops and publisher of Arkansas Living, elected new officers at the AECI Annual Meeting on July 30. They are:  

Noted actor to headline Native American Cultural Celebration

Cherokee actor Wes Studi has been involved in the making of some 30 films, including Dances with Wolves, The Last of the Mohicans and Avatar. And now the 71-year-old is making something else — history. On Oct. 27, Studi will become the first Native American Oscar winner when he is presented an honorary Academy Award

Brantley, Harp named 2018 Arkansas Rural Teachers of the Year

Kathy Brantley, a first-grade teacher at Quitman Elementary School, and Val Harp, a first-grade teacher at Hackett Elementary School, were recently named as the 2018 Arkansas Rural Education Association’s Teachers of the Year. The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas have sponsored the Rural Teacher of the Year Award since 2004. Brantley and Harp each were presented

Italian Grill a saucy, Searcy ristorante

People in Searcy have been keeping Venezia’s Italian Grill a secret for the past couple of years, but now you are in the know. The tastefully decorated, family-owned restaurant has a relaxing atmosphere. One dining area features comfy booth seating, while another has sleek modern seating. Soothing Italian music flows throughout the restaurant, along with

Clinton Center exhibit features ocean refuse transformed into art

From a distance, the work of art just outside the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rocklooks like a giant fish of many colors. Closer up, that impression turns out to be a load of trash — literally so. The big fish is a sculpture of throwaways, crafted from flotsam and jetsam by Angela

It’s thyme to use up those summer herbs and vegetables

 September signals the beginning of the end of the vegetable garden. My husband is an avid gardener, and around this time, we still have tomatoes, herbs galore, greens and squash. These recipes will help you use those ingredients. If you don’t have a garden, head to the farmers market because these dishes will help you

Color your garden for fall and winter

The calendar may say September, and fall is on the horizon, but it still feels like summer. Some gardens are still providing amazing color, while others have little to none. Many gardeners are tempted to add color now by planting pansies, but it is still too early. September is notorious for hot, humid weather, and