Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu January 19, 2017
PHOTO BY: Matt Johnson/Contributing Photographer

Fran Brewer, left, and Jennifer Youngblood organize material at The Fabric Patch in Morrilton. Youngblood started the Conway County chapter of Project Linus, a national organization that makes quilts, blankets and afghans for children who have experienced trauma or are ill. To date, the Conway County group has donated quilts to the Morrilton Police Department.

Project Linus

Morrilton woman starts quilt program

Jennifer Youngblood of Morrilton has a heart for children and hands for crafting, so she brought the two together to start Project Linus in Conway County. Youngblood, who is project coordinator for Conway County, said she and other volunteers make quilts, blankets and afghans, which they plan to donate to the Morrilton Police Department and the Department of Children and Family Services’ Conway County office to give to children who have... READ MORE

THAT'S LIFE

    Stanley Russ was friend, encourager

    We lost one of the good guys when Stanley Russ died earlier this month. Whether you knew the former state senator, longtime life-insurance salesman and cattle farmer, he made the world a better place. A lot of wonderful, important people die, and I don’t write about most of them, but Stanley was one of my favorite people in the world. Every time he saw me or would call me, the first thing he would always say was, ‘How’s my favorite jour... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    Heber Springs native to lead chamber’s board of directors

    Brett Graham loved growing up in Heber Springs. The middle child of Mike and Melissa Graham, Brett Graham said his childhood here was great. “We spent most of our time outside playing in the woods, being on the water, … which is what this place is all about,” he said. Now 33, Graham wants to continue to promote his hometown. He is the 2017 president of the Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “I think the chamber o... READ MORE

RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

    Diving ducks provide good action for end-of-season hunters

    If you listen to some waterfowlers, you might get the idea that mallards are the only ducks found in Arkansas. There’s no disputing the fact that these beautiful birds, which winter by the millions in our state, are the favorites of Natural State hunters. Most ducks killed here each year are this species, and many hunters never pursue other types of waterfowl. Mallards aren’t the only ducks that can be hunted here, however. In fact, mor... READ MORE

FLAVOR

    Enjoy a taste of spring in the heart of winter

    In the depths of winter, it can sometimes seem as if springtime will never come. Winds blow cold. Snow blankets fields of earth so hard that you can’t imagine vegetables will ever grow again. The only truly soothing warmth you can reliably find usually comes from the kitchen stove. So now is the perfect time for you to make fresh pea soup. Pea soup in the middle of winter? Yes, you read that correctly. And I don’t mean thick, gray-green... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

    Jan. 19 Open Mic Night CONWAY — The Faulkner County Library will present an Open Mic Night at 7 p.m. There will be a featured artist; then the stage will open up to musicians of all styles and skill levels who want to perform. Poets and comedians are also welcome to this family-friendly showcase. To preregister to perform or for more information, call the library at (501) 327-7482 or email nancy@fcl.org. All library events are free and... READ MORE