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posted: 07/30/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

1 PITS Clarksville hosts its annual salute to fuzzy, juicy fruit with the Johnson County Peach Festival, today-Saturday. The party will include all the usual activities, including arts and crafts, games, music, children's activities, tours, bake-offs and peach pie-eating contests.

Sawbucks doesn't fill Maumelle void

posted: 07/30/2015 1:57 a.m. Comment 1

Meet a friend for lunch in Maumelle, and chances are you'll be parking your car in front of a national chain.

Weekend Calendar

posted: 07/30/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Events are free unless otherwise noted. Art & Exhibits Central Arkansas ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets. Delta Exhibition

Fast Forward

posted: 07/30/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Things to do next week and next month NEXT WEEK In the house: Our House shelter presents its fourth annual salute to the Bard with Shakespeare at the Shelter, a production of scenes from Shakespeare performed by shelter residents with the help of scholars and theater experts.

The TV Column: SpongeBob movie is a nice summer diversion

posted: 07/30/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

It's hot. It's nasty. You've seen all the reruns, and are desperate for something to watch on Friday night next to the air conditioner. What to do?


posted: 07/30/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Idol auditions Fox’s American Idol will hold auditions for its 15th season Aug. 8 at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena, Interstate 30 and East Broadway.

MUSIC SCENE: Hot Springs' Ghost Bones, showcase winners, at Stickyz

posted: 07/30/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Ghost Bones will perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack and the show will open with sets by Androids of Ex Lovers and John Willis.

Bobby Brown: A turbulent life

posted: 07/30/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Bobby Brown has lived most of his adult life in the spotlight. He sought publicity as a member of the '80s boy band New Edition and in his subsequent solo career. He got it by default when he married superstar Whitney Houston. He unwittingly attracted tabloid headlines for his hard-partying life and marital strife for more than a decade. And he attempted to control his image with a reality series based on his home life, but the show became shorthand for jokes about dysfunctional family relationships.

Music: Southern guys 'swim' music scene as Water Liars

posted: 07/30/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Water Liars is a band name that also recalls, at least to lovers of language, the late Mississippi author Barry Hannah, who wrote a short story by that name in the 1970s. When a couple of musicians began collaborating, and it proved fruitful, the men decided they needed a name for their collaboration.

Special Event: Peach Fest peels off another year of fun

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There is no shortage of things to do at the 74th Johnson County Peach Festival in Clarksville.

Are We There Yet: Blanchard Springs Caverns cool in many ways

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On the parking lot at Blanchard Springs Caverns, 230 feet overhead, the temperature on a sultry summer afternoon hovers in the mid-90s.


posted: 07/30/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Loca Luna owner-chef Mark Abernathy says the weather-delayed physical interior and exterior face lift on the restaurant, 3519 Old Cantrell Road, Little Rock, is pretty much done. But a minor health issue is keeping him from working on the new menu, the roll-out of which he is looking at for sometime in mid-September. The restaurant has stayed open during the makeover with the exception of a recent Monday, during the repaving of the parking lot and some interior painting. The phone number is (501) 663-4666; the website is We'll keep you posted.

Selected restaurants

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Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. Restaurant reviewers' visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the

Tell Me About It: Get help before dealing with abusive sister who wants baby

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DEAR CAROLYN: I have an older sister who was incredibly abusive toward me as a child. She was controlling, manipulative, the works.

Helpful Hints

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DEAR HELOISE: My girlfriend had a headache and asked for some pain reliever. I pulled a store brand out of my bag, and she said, "Um, that's OK ..."




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