Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun February 18, 2018
PHOTO BY: Mark Buffalo

Riley Strube, a student at the Cabot Freshman Academy, was recently honored as a Distinguished Finalist for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for Arkansas. Strube came up with the Rock and Rollin’ Library, a traveling library to promote early literacy.

Rock and Rollin’

Cabot freshman wheels in literacy, named finalist

There is nothing like a good book. Whether it’s a fanciful story, a mystery novel, an enlightening piece of nonfiction or a self-help publication, books can be both informative and fun. That’s why Riley Strube of Cabot was saddened to hear that many children in Arkansas do not read well. “I read that Arkansas has one of the lowest literacy rates in the country,” she said. “It kind of blew my mind.” Instead of letting the statistic pass ... READ MORE


Former mayor, senator is subject of annual Roast & Toast

Eddie Joe Williams, former Cabot mayor and state senator, will be on the hot seat during the annual Cabot Scholarship Foundation’s Roast & Toast Banquet, set for March 8 in the Cabot Junior High School North cafeteria.


    Look who’s coming to breakfast

    When I go to someone’s home to do an interview, I never know what I’m walking into. To get the real story, it’s best to interview people at their homes, and sometimes the story is about a collection they have or a hobby that requires me to see them in their setting. I like to see people where they live. It gives a writer a much better insight into their personalities. That freaks people out sometimes, so I meet them at a restaurant or c... READ MORE


    Beebe Junior High engineering teacher honored

    In a Beebe Junior High School classroom decorated with Star Wars aircraft and various robotics pieces, Tate Rector is giving his students the ability to try new things and make lasting impacts. Seventh- and eighth-graders with an interest in engineering have learned the basics of coding, robotics and design before embarking on bigger projects. Recently, two of Rector’s students were recognized for their efforts to create a device to pot... READ MORE


    These hot spots serve up great crappie fishing

    Crappie can be caught year-round in Arkansas. My favorite fishing season, however, is the prespawn period in late February and early March. Crappie are preparing to invade the shallows to reproduce this time of year, and they gather in sometimes astounding numbers along bottom creek channels and other structures that lead them from deep winter haunts to near-shore nesting areas. I’m usually getting the fishing itch after winter’s cold m... READ MORE



    Feb. 19 Democratic Party of White County Meeting SEARCY — The Democratic Party of White County will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Arkansas State University-Searcy, 1800 E. Moore Ave. For more information, call (501) 368-9390 or visit white@arkdems.org. Community Music Gathering BATESVILLE — A community music gathering will take place from 6-8 p.m. at First Community Bank. Instrumentalists, singers and listeners are invited to attend. Feb. 20 S... READ MORE