Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun September 28, 2014
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Russellville Fire Chief John Cochran stands by two firetrucks that are so close in the cramped fire station that their doors hit each other when opened at the same time. Relief will come in 18 to 24 months when a new central fire station is built in the city. Cochran said last week that he was sending out requests for proposals from architects for the project, expected to cost $6.5 million.

‘Greatly needed’

Architects sought for new Russellville fire station

Chief John Cochran thought the Russellville Central Fire Station was nice when he used the new facility in 1978 as a firefighter. Today, it doesn’t meet the needs of the city or the firefighters, he said, but a new station is coming to the rescue. “I’m getting ready to put out an announcement for qualified architectural firms so that our evaluation panel can go through those and select a firm to begin that process,” Cochran said last we... READ MORE

THAT'S LIFE

    Passing up my chance for stardom

    I blew my chance for 15 minutes of fame. Out of the blue, I got an email from a woman named Caesar, who said she was with The Steve Harvey Show. He’s a comedian, an actor, an author and the host of Family Feud, in case you don’t know who he is. This woman told me she had found a column online that I’d written about my husband’s driving making me crazy. She wrote that she found it “pretty amusing.” She wondered if that was still a proble... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    Hendrix first lady loves literature, teaching

    Marjorie Swann’s resumé, which includes her doctorate in 17th-century British literature, is intimidating, but her personality isn’t. For example, in her office in the English department at Hendrix College, she has on her desk a ceramic dish, indentations spaced evenly around the outside, with a small bust of Shakespeare in the center. The dish holds bite-size Butterfinger and Baby Ruth candy bars. “Do you know what that is?” the 52-yea... READ MORE

RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

    Hunting a good excuse to spend time together in the outdoors

    Having six sons who enjoy the outdoors, I’ve always regretted I was never financially able to join a hunting club where we could enjoy the camaraderie always present in a camp atmosphere. Many hunters, especially deer hunters and duck hunters, join with fellow sportsmen to lease or buy land for a club. This provides a focal point for their hunting activities. Some have clubs with bunkhouses, a kitchen/dining hall and even, in some cases... READ MORE

FLAVOR

    Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps

    A trip to the Korean market is always fun when I’m getting ready to entertain or simply preparing a weeknight meal. We love Korean food at our house, and pork belly lettuce wraps are always a fun and active way to serve delicious, flavorful food, no matter what the occasion. These lettuce wraps celebrate the popular Korean dish Samgyeopsal Gui, which simply means grilled pork belly. Koreans traditionally eat Samgyeopsal while grilling t... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

    Sept. 29 - Oct. 2 Adult Education Computer Training CONWAY — Conway Adult Education Computer Training will offer new classes beginning this week, Monday through Thursday. Register now at 125 Center St., or call (501) 450-4810. For more information, visit caec.org. Oct. 1 First Wednesday Ladies’ Lunch Break CONWAY — The First Wednesday Ladies’ Lunch Break will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Second Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at ... READ MORE