Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun September 25, 2016
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Clint Turnage of Saltillo, wildlife disease biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, stands on the bridge in the Hendrix Creek Nature Preserve in Conway. “I’ve loved the outdoors all my life,” he said. Turnage, 41, was named 2016 wildlife disease biologist of the year by the USDA in June. His job has taken him all over Arkansas, as well as Iowa, Alaska and New Mexico.

Living his dream

Saltillo man named top wildlife disease biologist

Clint Turnage of Saltillo is an expert in many things, including Arkansas hogs. That’s feral hogs — not the Razorbacks. The 41-year-old also knows a heck of a lot about ducks, geese, coyotes, deer, bears — just about any kind of wildlife you can name — especially what makes them sick. Turnage is the state’s first and only wildlife disease biologist, one of 23 in the nation. He’s also the best one this year, having been honored in June i... READ MORE

LATEST NEWS

Wonderview officials ponder millage defeat

HATTIEVILLE — The Wonderview School Board president and district superintendent both said the large margin of failure for a proposed 6.9-mill property-tax increase in Tuesday’s school election surprised them.

THAT'S LIFE

    Friend finds free food tastes best

    I don’t know anyone who loves free stuff more than one of my new acquaintances — specifically food. He is the guy standing in line when a new restaurant opens and gives the first 100 people coupons for a year of free food. He got free pizza for a year at a fast-food joint when it opened in Conway three years ago. He’s still mad that he overslept last year and missed “by three or four minutes,” he said, free food for a year at a chicken ... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    Hendrix professor, conductor wants to grow program

    Despite a halfhearted attempt to resist it, Gretchen Renshaw of Conway dances to the same beat as her musical family. Renshaw, 27, is conductor of the Hendrix College Wind Ensemble and director of the new pep band, and teaches classes in the music department and is a low-brass instructor. The Middleburg, Pennsylvania, native’s parents were music educators. Her mother was a choir director at Renshaw’s high school for 35 years; her father... READ MORE

RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

    September striper fishing is hot

    The water on Lake Ouachita was calm on that September morning, so my son Matt, my friend Bobby Graves and I had no difficulty seeing big schools of shad churning the surface in several locations. One fountain of baitfish gushed topside 50 yards to the starboard. The school of fish exploded in every direction like silvery shrapnel. Something swirled beneath the baitfish, something large. Then more shad broke the surface to our left, and ... READ MORE

FLAVOR

    Pan-roasted chicken shows how recipes can evolve with time

    It seems to me sometimes that too many people treat recipes like scientific formulas to be followed precisely. But that isn’t how I love to cook, or how I hope fans of my cookbooks or online cooking school will treat my recipes. Great recipes are living things. Most of them can be changed in an instant, based on what’s in season or good in the market, how ingredients are responding as you cook them, and whatever whim might strike you. T... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

    Sept. 25 – Oct. 1 10th Annual ArtsFest CONWAY — ArtsFest, Conway’s citywide celebration of the arts, will mark its 10th anniversary with this year’s festival, which continues through Saturday at locations throughout the city. ArtsFest is planned and presented by the Conway Alliance for the Arts. Events, which are free and family-friendly, include visual arts, dance, music, creative writing, film, theater and more. For a complete schedu... READ MORE