Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu March 5, 2015
PHOTO BY: Eilish Palmer

Ty Kelso of Greenbrier stands in a blacksmith shop he built at his home to house all the items he inherited from a shop that existed decades ago in the Republican community. He has deeded the items to the Faulkner County Museum, for which he volunteers, but is keeping the collection until the museum has space for the exhibit. Kelso was named Volunteer of the Year by the Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce.

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Greenbrier councilman named Volunteer of the Year

Ty Kelso likes to downplay his contributions to the community, but members of the Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce aren’t fooled. Kelso, 72, has been named Volunteer of the Year by the chamber. He and other honorees will be recognized at a banquet March 12 at the Greenbrier Junior High School cafeteria. “I thought there were way too many people out there doing things to be picking me,” he said, laughing. Kelso, a member of the Greenbrier ... READ MORE


Maumelle senior honored for Internet-safety program

MAUMELLE — Rebecca Aguilera is still passionate about the Internet-safety program she created four years ago, and this year, the Maumelle High School senior has been honored for the program.


    Husband no Wookiee, no hair gene

    My husband hit a milestone on Valentine’s Day. He had used the same razor blade for a year. One. Year. I was at the computer, and he came and offered me his cheek and asked me how it felt. “Smooth,” I said, wondering why he was asking. “I haven’t changed the blade in my razor since Valentine’s Day last year,” he said. It was his goal to see how long he could go using one blade. His previous one lasted nine months, he told me. He was wor... READ MORE


    ‘Legend’ to retire from Conway elementary school

    Sam Nelson is retiring as principal of Florence Mattison Elementary School in Conway, and judging by letters students have written to him, they will remember everything about him, from his good nature to his shiny shoes. Nelson, 61, who grew up as the son of sharecroppers in the southeast Arkansas town of Dermott, has spent 38 1/2 years in education, 22 of those at Florence Mattison. “Education will always be dear to my heart,” he said.... READ MORE


    In pursuit of the ringtail bandit

    Raccoon hunting in Arkansas dates back to the time of the earliest Native Americans. In recent decades, however, the sport seems to have fallen out of vogue. That’s a shame because raccoons are more common now than ever, and skyrocketing populations are causing problems such as the spread of rabies and the decline of ground-nesting birds that hunting raccoons could help resolve. Becoming a raccoon hunter requires an extra measure of ded... READ MORE


    Making macaroni and cheese that’s a ‘cut’ above rest

    Just in case you hadn’t noticed, comfort foods are very popular these days — not just for home cooking but also in restaurants, ranging from the most casual spots to the finest dining rooms. At the same time that food lovers everywhere are growing more aware by the second of distant cuisines, unusual ingredients and very particular ways of cooking, I see them also feeling freer to celebrate good, simple cooking and the foods they loved ... READ MORE



    March 5 AARP Smart Drivers Class MAUMELLE — The Maumelle Senior Wellness Center will offer an AARP Smart Drivers class from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost for the class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Participants can pay the instructor the day of the course. To register for the class, call (501) 851-4344 or sign up at the center. Website in a Day MORRILTON — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center w... READ MORE