Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun September 21, 2014
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Mar’Trell Jergins, left, and Logan Price listen as Suzanne Harrell works with them on their reading skills during the Mentors and Mimis program at Mayflower Elementary School. Principal Candie Watts said members of Oasis Church in North Little Rock helped residents during the April tornado and wanted to continue to volunteer in the community.

Closing the gap

Mentors and Mimis helps Mayflower students

Mayflower Elementary School Principal Candie Watts said most of the kindergarten classes are full, and the teachers don’t have aides to help. What the teachers do have is the new Mentors and Mimis program. Watts said grandmothers, members of Oasis Church in North Little Rock, have volunteered to tutor kindergartners each Tuesday and Thursday at Elois McCaghren elementary campus in Mayflower. “Since the tornado, Oasis Church has been hel... READ MORE

THAT'S LIFE

    Hindsight: What can go wrong?

    I thought it was a smart idea at the time. My mother gave me some nice drinking glasses, made by Noritake, to put in my garage sale. I’d bought them for my mother at some point, but she’d rarely used them. They were an older pattern, and I bought them online at a place that specializes in discontinued patterns. These were in perfect condition, and when I looked online, they were selling for $25.99 each. Instead of putting them in my gar... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    Greenbrier teacher among four state teacher of the year finalists

    Lindsay Griffin of Greenbrier used to make her younger brother be the student while she pretended to be a teacher. “I was very bossy. I liked to boss him around and play school,” she said, laughing. Apparently, she’s pretty good at being a real teacher, too. Griffin, sixth-grade literacy teacher at Greenbrier Middle School, was named Tuesday as one of four state finalists for 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year. The 35-year-old Griffin we... READ MORE

RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

    Fishing for Arkansas gar — disrespected, but formidable, opponents

    Despite their stupendous fighting ability, gar fish have earned little respect from Arkansas anglers. In fact, that’s probably a bit of an understatement. Venomous snakes and rabid skunks get as much respect as gar, and when one of these toothy terrors is brought alongside a boat, the typical reaction is to smash its head with a paddle and toss it back for the cannibals. Most fishermen despise gar. No one can deny, however, that gar are... READ MORE

FLAVOR

    Balsamic Marinated Stuffed Flank Steak

    Flank steak is a fairly popular cut of beef, and for good reason — it’s flavorful, inexpensive and incredibly versatile! Unfortunately, I’ve had my fair share of tough ones over the years; the lean meat almost seems to overcook if you just look at it the wrong way. Thankfully, this recipe for balsamic flank steak stuffed with prosciutto and cheese has renewed my faith in the often-too-tough meat. I first had a variation of this recipe a... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

    Sept. 22 Audubon Society Meeting RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas River Valley Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. at the Lake Dardanelle State Park Visitor Center. The guest speaker will be ornithologist Dan Sheiman, who will talk about the effects of global warming on 314 species of birds in North America. Guests are welcome, and refreshments will be served. Sept. 24 Jazz Ensembles Tribute Concert CONWAY — The University of Central Arkan... READ MORE