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A nose for the missing

Arkansas search and rescue dogs — and their handlers — answer the call Several summers ago, Mark Fonville of North Little Rock got an alarming call. Hours earlier, his octogenarian mother, Leta Fonville, had had a disagreement with his dad. To clear her head, she’d taken off for a walk in the Ozark National Forest

The struggle for equality

Heritage trail traces Little Rock’s role in the civil rights movement Sixty-four years ago this month, Little Rock was the site of the Central High Desegregation Crisis, one of the most prominent events in the nation’s civil rights movement. Today, the story of the crisis is part of the city’s Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail.

‘I want my new EV’

I am Generation X, a product of the 1980s, and I remember when video killed the radio star. MTV launched in 1981, followed a year later by its “I want my MTV” campaign, inspiring the band Dire Straits to write the song “Money for Nothing.” MTV was an innovation in how America listened to music

Efficient and safe farming technologies

As farming technology advances, farmers are finding new ways to reduce costs, improve efficiency and increase crop yields. The newest trend is precision agriculture, a strategy where farmers use advanced technologies to control the growth of crops and raising of livestock more accurately and efficiently.  As precision agriculture has grown in recent years, the technologies

It’s true love at Peggy Sue’s Place

  Peggy Sue Baad has worked in the restaurant business for more than 40 years. So, when she put her name on Peggy Sue’s Place about seven years ago, success was practically guaranteed. Today her charming Heber Springs establishment is a bustling restaurant, serving about 400 customers each day. The menu includes all-day breakfast offerings,

Uniquely Arkansas – We’ll drink to that!

Mountain Valley Spring Water celebrates major milestone Break out the bubbly — the Blackberry Pomegranate Sparkling Water, that is. Mountain Valley Spring Water celebrates its 150th birthday this year, even though, as its website ( says, its water “has been naturally free-flowing inside our heartland for thousands of years. “Its sacred source is tucked deep in

Recipes from our readers

Are you ready for some football … food? Score smiles with winning snack recipes. Hot Cheese Dip 4 cups Mexican-blend cheese, shredded 1 cup mayonnaise (I use Kraft) 1 cup sour cream 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles 1 (3.8-ounce) can sliced black olives, drained 4 green onions, chopped Heat oven to 325.  In a

Vegetables, herbs fit late-summer tastes to a ‘tea’

As summer comes to an end, we enjoy the last of its bounty. Tomatoes seem to hang on for well into September, so if you’re growing some, try using them in an Indian-inspired Tomato Chutney. I love quick-pickled cucumbers, and Ginger Cucumbers have an Asian twist. Transform herbs into a tasty Basil and Rosemary Hummus

Lycoris lilies lie in wait for September surprise

They appear as if by magic — leafless stalks shoot out of the ground, and then a flower opens. These welcome surprises bear the common names of Surprise Lilies, Naked Ladies, Resurrection Lilies or Magic Lilies — but all of them are Lycoris. Lycoris bulbs are steeped in history, and are supposedly named for a

Consider mini-split heat pumps for affordable and efficient home heating and cooling

  Earlier this year, after the record-setting bitter cold spell, Mardi Phillips of West Fork contacted her electric co-op — Ozarks Electric Cooperative — with a conundrum. Years earlier, her central heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit had stopped working. Faced with the unmanageable cost of replacing it, she opted instead to use electric