Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun July 23, 2017
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Forty-one people attended the first organizational meeting of the Greenbrier Community Emergency Response Team. Greenbrier Fire Chief Cody Fulmer said the response was greater than he had hoped. “We didn’t get out of here till 9 o’clock that first meeting because of the excitement,” he said. The first of two training classes for volunteers will be from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Greenbrier City Hall.

Willing to serve

Aug. 3 meeting set for Greenbrier response team

The room was packed for the first meeting of the new Community Emergency Response Team in Greenbrier. Greenbrier Fire Chief Cody Fulmer said 41 enthusiastic people showed up to volunteer, exceeding his expectations. “I was thrilled and comforted, too, knowing that our community is stepping up,” he said. “That proved right there that we were doing the right thing.” In June, the Greenbrier City Council gave its blessing for the Greenbrier... READ MORE

THAT'S LIFE

    Surviving summer in the South

    In case you haven’t noticed, summer has arrived. We got off easy at first this year. It seemed like summer might not really come. A breeze was often blowing. I wore a sweater one night in early July while attending an outdoor play. Now I’ve turned into a sweater. I sweat while I’m blow-drying my hair in the morning, which is followed by drinking a hot cup of coffee. My husband and I started talking about hot summers. I remember it got s... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    New leader of Conway Ministry Center sees lives transformed

    Conway Ministry Center clients can’t tell Executive Director Spring Hunter much that she hasn’t experienced herself — drugs, divorce, poverty and homelessness are all part of her story. Hunter, who started July 3 as head of the nonprofit organization, said she sometimes marvels at how far she’s come. “At church the other day, I was saying, ‘How is this my life?’” It’s a far cry from the situation she grew up in. “I come out of a family ... READ MORE

RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

    Strange little creatures amaze swimmers and boaters

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FLAVOR

    When tomatoes ripen past their prime, try drying them in the oven

    Yes, I have to admit it: I played a part in the great sun-dried tomato craze of the 1980s. Guests at my original Spago location above Hollywood’s Sunset Strip could enjoy sun-dried tomatoes on pizzas, in pastas and salads, and as part of the sauces or garnishes for grilled or sauteed foods. From their gemlike, deep-red color to their chewy texture to their almost candy-sweet flavor, they were irresistible. But while sun-dried tomatoes c... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

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