Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun March 18, 2018
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Ryan Brady, left, Hendrix College co-chairman of the Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention, pretends to walk with University of Central Arkansas walk co-chairs Tori Doll and Josh Sisco. The walk will be March 31 at UCA, which started the first campus walk in Arkansas in 2011. This year, Hendrix joined the effort. Registration and information are available at afsp.org.

Hope and healing

UCA-Hendrix join to have suicide-awareness walk

University of Central Arkansas student Josh Sisco of Clinton needed help to cope with the suicide of a close friend, and Sisco found support through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Now he wants to show others the way. Sisco is co-chair of the UCA-Hendrix Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention — the first year for the two schools to join in the event — scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon March 31, starting at the UCA A... READ MORE


    To my mom: We’re happy you were born!

    My sweet momma’s birthday was March 15, and by the time you read this, we will have opened her presents, eaten every last morsel of chocolate cake, laughed and cried. It’s hard to believe she’s already 70 — and that she’s just 70. My mom was always the youngest mother of all my friends, and the coolest. She was fun, and we grew up a lot like sisters. People used to ask if we were, until we both got so old, it was obvious that we weren’t... READ MORE


    Love of gardening leads to honor for Russellville man

    Frank Russenberger learned about gardening when he was a just a young boy. “I remember helping my dad with the garden,” he said. “It was a chore then … just something I had to do to help out, but that love of gardening stayed with me.” Russenberger, 69, is the 2017 Pope County Master Gardener of the Year. “I am very appreciative of the honor,” Russenberger said. Russenberger’s name has been submitted to the Arkansas Master Gardener Prog... READ MORE


    Canoes are the perfect bass-fishing boats

    I remember well one of the first times I fished for bass from a canoe. The proprietor of a local bait shop, when I inquired if any of his customers had been catching fish lately, told me about a small backcountry river in the heart of an Arkansas wildlife management area. “It’s a remote stream,” he said. “It’s full of blowdowns and snags. A big boat won’t make it through, but you can slide a canoe in at a WMA bridge and fish it just fin... READ MORE



    March 19 Art Demonstration FAIRFIELD BAY — A free art demonstration hosted by the North Central Arkansas Artist League will take place at 10 a.m. at Bayside, an art studio on the corner of Arkansas 330 and Greenwood Road, near Marina Road. Guest artist Kitty Harvill will demonstrate the use of watercolor pencils and pastels. The public is invited. Light refreshments and coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call leag... READ MORE