Joseph Taylor Benton V of Greenbrier High School is a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program.
As a young boy, Joseph Taylor Benton V distinctly remembers “wanting to be a cowboy-butcher-astronaut.” “I wanted to be all three of those when I learned you could have more than one job,” he said with a smile. Now, 18 and a recent highest-honor graduate of Greenbrier High School, Benton plans to attend Hendrix College and major in physics. “I really don’t know what I want to be yet,” he said, “maybe a professor or a physicist or any... READ MORE
Male ducks — otherwise known as drakes — have eye-catching plumage in an array of vibrant colors. Apparently, the work of Carrie Drake’s Pre-Advanced Placement art students are just as eye catching. Lately, the students have been making a name for themselves at the state level.
Those of us who grew up watching Saturday Night Live like to quote Gilda Radner’s crazy-haired character Roseanne Roseannadanna, who said, ‘It’s always something.” It is. Always. Something. My husband and I were meeting our younger son and his girlfriend for dinner to celebrate her college graduation and her new job. We got there, and as we waited for a booth to be cleared, we wondered what was taking them so long. I got a phone ca... READ MORE
Dr. Steve Magie of Conway described his temperament as “pretty laid-back,” but then he reconsidered. “I’m not really too laid-back,” he said, laughing and playing with a rubber band. “I used to be more high strung.” Magie, an ophthalmologist and a state representative, doesn’t have a lot of time to be laid-back. Being driven has gotten him where he is today. That, and parents who stressed a work ethic to their eight children. Magie,... READ MORE
Smoking is one of the oldest methods of preserving fish. Long before there were refrigerators and freezers, our fishing ancestors learned to use a combination of salt and smoke to keep fish from spoiling. Today, smoking is no longer necessary, but it remains a popular method of preparation to add flavor to fish such as salmon, tuna, trout, sturgeon and catfish. In pre-refrigeration days, smoked fish were heavily cured and smoked fairly... READ MORE
Arkansans are gifted in the spring and summer with strawberries, one of the most widely loved fruits on any plate. The juicy heart-shaped berry is so versatile, it is featured in salads, soups, side dishes and a plethora of desserts. Although modern farming techniques produce the ruby-red orbs year-round, the quality of locally grown strawberries can’t be beat. Tender and naturally sweet, the crop is usually ready in mid-April, and the ... READ MORE
May 21 Retired Teachers Association Meeting CONWAY — The Faulkner County Retired Teachers Association will meet for a traditional potluck meal at 1:30 p.m. in the Activity Center of First Baptist Church. The program will include installation of 2013-2014 officers and a slide show of the association’s activities of 2012-2013. Anyone who has retired from any position in education is welcome to attend. For more information, call (501) 32... READ MORE