Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun July 24, 2016
PHOTO BY: Tammy Keith

Melinda Davis, 58, second from right, stands with her daughter, Crystal Yeakley, right, and Yeakley’s three children, from left, Tyler, 11, Maddie, 6, and Autumn, 4, in their new home in Vilonia built by Christian Aid Ministries and the Vilonia Disaster Recovery Alliance. Davis and her husband, the late David Davis, bought the print on the wall after they survived the 2014 Vilonia tornado. David was killed in a car wreck four days before the one-year anniversary of the 2014 tornado.

‘Forever changed’

Widow, tornado survivors get new home

Melinda Davis doesn’t cry when she talks about the first tornado her family survived in Vilonia, or even the second that almost took her granddaughter’s life. It’s when she talks about being with her husband when he was killed in a traffic accident less than a year later that the tears come. “They were shutting the door to the ambulance, and the highway patrolman was standing at the door, and he told me his name, and he said, ‘I’m sorry... READ MORE

LATEST NEWS

Faulkner County recognizes family for farming operation

GREENBRIER — When Michael Dickey and his wife, Kim, started farming 16 years ago, they had 10 cows and a bull. Today, they have 60 head of crossbred cattle and about 100 Katahdin sheep and hope to add more in the coming years.

THAT'S LIFE

    Getting good feelings from garage sales

    Unless I got rained out, I’m rich today. Well, rich might be an exaggeration, but I should have a good chunk of change after my big garage sale. When my mother and dad decided to downsize after 35 years in the same house, some things had to go. And it all went home with me. I couldn’t stand to see her donate her treasures, and I’ve always been the garage-sale queen. Call me crazy, but I love garage sales. Most people I know would rather... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    Maumelle woman joins Beyond Boundaries

    When Leslie Seward was growing up in Bryant, she took riding lessons, but she couldn’t talk her dad into buying her a horse. Today, she’s director of events and marketing for the nonprofit organization Beyond Boundaries — an organization that’s all about horse therapy. The Maumelle woman took the position about a month ago, and the horses are kept at the facility in Ward. “I keep saying, ‘Next week I want to get out there and ride,’ but... READ MORE

RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

    Things to know before buying a new grill

    The barbecue industry is sizzling in 2016, according to a new survey commissioned by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association that reveals consumers are barbecuing more this year, and many plan to purchase new grills. Seventy-five percent of U.S. adults own a grill, and more than a third (37 percent) of those surveyed said they had plans to purchase a new one in 2016. Nearly a third (30 percent) of current owners plan to grill with ... READ MORE

FLAVOR

    Creme brulee keeps you out of a hot kitchen this summer

    Trends in cooking come and go. But in the world of desserts, creme brulee has real staying power. The thick, cool, creamy custard (creme) nestled underneath a brittle topping of burnt (brulee) sugar has such an elemental appeal that it’s a perennial favorite. In spite of the dessert’s popularity, however, I haven’t really seen it catch on in any big way in home kitchens, for two main reasons. First and most important, many home cooks ar... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

    July 27 Windows 10 Demonstration FAIRFIELD BAY — There will be a Windows 10 Demonstration with Debra Bond from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Bay Community Education Center, 130 Village Lane, Suite 5. The fee for the class is $35. For more information, call the center at (501) 884-4440. July 28 Rhythms of Our Land Date Change CONWAY — Rhythms of Our Land, a presentation by the Bi-Okoto African Drum and Dance Theatre that was scheduled f... READ MORE