Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun June 26, 2016
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

From left, Ashleigh Plasters, left, assistant to the Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas Summer Intensive Program junior group, talks to Madison Brown, 12, as Ruthann Curry Brown, director of the program, talks to Kwynn McEntire, 13, and Juliana Breshears, 12. The students were rehearsing a play they will perform for the public at 7 p.m. July 14-15 and 2 p.m. July 16 in the Bridges/Larson Theatre inside the Snow Fine Arts Center at the University of Central Arkansas.

Art appreciation

Students attend Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas

Lucas Yarbrough just turned 13, but he’s already a veteran of the Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas in Conway. “It’s my fourth summer,” he said. “It’s fun, and I also like the feeling of being able to express myself through the character. Everybody who does theater here is nice, so that’s an added bonus.” Lucas, a Vilonia Middle School student, is one of the students ages 10 to 18 who have spent six weeks immersed in theater arts and fi... READ MORE


Area contestants to compete in Miss Arkansas Pageant

Several young women with ties to the River Valley & Ozark Edition’s coverage area will compete in the annual Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant July 3-9 at the Bank of the Ozarks Arena in the Hot Springs Convention Center. Contestants will arrive during a public ceremony at 2 p.m. July 3 in Horner Hall at the convention center.


    Pitchers, Hoarders fight for control

    For years, I have been witness to rival gangs in this newspaper office. It’s been the Pitchers versus the Hoarders. This is an advertising office that I am, thankfully, allowed to share so that I don’t have to drive back and forth to Little Rock. Newspaper people in general tend to be messy — I’ve rarely met a neat one in my 30-plus years in this business. Real newspaper reporters usually have scribbled-in notebooks, stacks of newspaper... READ MORE


    Youth-theater director promotes the arts

    Ruthann Curry Browne — she directs; she acts; she sings; she writes. So much talent packed into such a tiny person. The 5-foot-2-inch Conway woman is the director of the Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas at the University of Central Arkansas and also an adjunct instructor of theater at UCA and Hendrix College. “I’ve been doing theater since I was 10,” she said. Browne’s first role was Marta in The Sound of Music. She got the part, despi... READ MORE


    A salute to the grinnel

    The grinnel, more properly known as the bowfin, is often caught accidentally by Arkansas anglers fishing for crappie or bass. But, despite the fact that this prehistoric fish is an incomparable fighter, few people fish purposely for this underwater outlaw. Some say it isn’t fit to eat. Others curse it as being a gluttonous scourge of sportfish. Still others are put off by the grinnel’s ominous appearance. Examine a grinnel up close and ... READ MORE


    Refresh your summertime entertaining with a salad

    On the hottest summer days, sometimes all you feel like eating is something light and refreshing. Salad certainly matches that description, yet mixtures of leafy greens and other vegetables aren’t necessarily what comes to mind first when you want to satisfy hunger. That’s why I think Caesar salad makes one of the best choices. The recipe was originally developed almost a century ago in Tijuana, Mexico, just across the border from Calif... READ MORE



    June 26 Gospel Piano Concert RUSSELLVILLE — The Rev. Rita Richardson of Central Christian Church in Russellville will present her annual gospel piano concert To God Be the Glory at 3 p.m. at 224 S. Independence. Richardson will perform unique piano arrangements of familiar spirituals, hymns, gospel and contemporary Christian music. The concert is free and open to the public, but a offering will be taken to benefit the church. For more ... READ MORE