Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu December 1, 2016
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Jim Rule, chairman of the tree board in Maumelle, stands in front of the city’s first Heritage Tree. The red elm, also called a slippery elm, is in Park on the River and is 75 to 100 years old, Rule said. He said the tree board is already looking for a tree to receive the honor next year.

‘An excellent choice’

Maumelle dedicates first Heritage Tree

One majestic slippery elm has stood for decades — maybe a century — in a Maumelle park, offering much and asking nothing. But now the tree has gotten its deserved attention, said Jim Rule, chairman of the Maumelle Tree Board. The elm has been dedicated as the city’s first Heritage Tree. “It’s just such a beautiful, graceful tree,” said Rule, who submitted the tree for the symbolic honor. “It’s not only a source of oxygen for all creatur... READ MORE

THAT'S LIFE

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RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

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FLAVOR

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CALENDAR

    COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

    Dec. 1 Tribute Tree Lighting CONWAY — Choir music, selfies with Santa and his elvish helpers, hot chocolate and special treats for the kids will be part of the family-oriented Conway Regional Tribute Tree lighting at 6 p.m. by the fountain at the east entrance of Conway Regional Medical Center. The Conway Regional Gift Shop will be open for holiday shopping, and a gingerbread house decorating display will be available, with houses for ... READ MORE