Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun April 13, 2014
PHOTO BY: Angela Spencer

Travisha Garner is hoisted up by Jayla Taylor, left, and Brooke Compton in the gym at the Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club. Some of the proceeds from Homecoming of a Champion Week will go toward operations and maintenance of the club.

Return of a champ

Boys and Girls Club celebrates homecoming of pro footballer

The Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club will celebrate one of their own with a special event, Homecoming for a Champion Week. Super Bowl Champion Clinton McDonald grew up in the Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club, club director Laura Walker said. He has since gone on to play football for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Seattle Seahawks, and is currently signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. To celebrate McDonald’s success, and to support both... READ MORE


    Enjoying eats in the Big Easy

    My main goal on a recent trip to New Orleans was to eat at as many different restaurants as possible. I tagged along with my husband, who was presenting two papers at a communication conference. Neither of us had ever been to Louisiana, much less the Big Easy. We got lots of suggestions from people about where to eat, and I checked out the restaurants on websites like Urbanspoon. That’s not foolproof because one person can say it was th... READ MORE


    Living the dream: Lyon College’s interim chaplain combines ministry, teaching in short-term job

    Walking around Lyon College’s campus, William “Bill” Branch is often greeted by students with a cheerful “hola!” At the school’s cafeteria — where he highly recommends yet avoids Brenda’s Bakery for fear of gaining a faculty-member version of the freshman 15 — he identifies and says hello to student athletes and coaches. Branch, who serves as Lyon’s interim chaplain, said he believes being among the students is a key part of his duties.... READ MORE


    Natural State offers opportunities for bass, bream, crappie and cats

    Arkansans differ in many ways, but most of us have one thing in common: we love spending time on the water. We love fishing in it. We love boating on it. And at times, nothing beats just sitting beside it and savoring the view while we wait for a fish to bite. Fortunately, we have plenty of waters for these delightful pastimes. The Natural State encompasses 20,000 miles of streams and 600,000 acres of lakes. You need not travel far to e... READ MORE


    Braise veal shanks for an unforgettably delicious Passover Seder meal

    Sundown on the evening of April 14 marks the first night this year of Passover, the eight-day celebration of the Jewish people’s freedom from bondage in ancient Egypt. Tradition holds that the holiday is observed with a Seder, from the Hebrew word for “order.” With the help of such food items as springtime greens dipped in salt water (representing tears shed), horseradish (for the bitterness of slavery) and the unleavened bread called m... READ MORE


    This week's events in the Three Rivers area

    Today Historical and Genealogical Meeting BROCKWELL — The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 2 p.m. at the Izard County Senior Center on Arkansas 9, south of Brockwell. Martha Miller, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the state historic preservation officer, will be the guest speaker. She will give a PowerPoint presentation illustrating the department’s work, specifically in Izard County. Mil... READ MORE