Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu August 27, 2015
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Travis Clark of El Paso, formerly of Vilonia, is the new president of Arkansas 4-H. Shown here in front of a 4-H quilt at the Faulkner County Cooperative Extension Service office in Conway, Clark will travel the state promoting 4-H and its motto, “To Make the Best Better.” The colors for 4-H are green and white. According to the 4-H handbook, green is nature’s most common color and represents youth, life and growth; white symbolizes purity and high ideals.

Leading with TLC

Local 4-H’er elected as organization’s state president

Carol Rolf/Contributing Writer

Travis Clark looks forward to being a “face of 4-H” as he travels Arkansas as the new state president of the youth organization, which is part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. Clark, 18, is the son of Randal and Tracy Clark of El Paso, formerly of Vilonia. Travis Clark is a member of the Hooves, Spurs and Fur 4-H Show Team in Vilonia. He is also an active member in his youth group at Vilonia United Methodist ... READ MORE


Paddle Battle organized to attract people to lake area after regular season

During the summer, owners of businesses around Greers Ferry Lake look forward to the time when vacationers flock to the water for weekends and long getaways. Now that school has started, however, and Labor Day — often seen as the end of summer and summer vacations — approaches, Fairfield Bay residents have come up with a creative way to bring people back to the lake in the offseason.


    A round of theatrics in Keith household

    (Editor’s note: Tammy Keith is on leave. The following column ran on May 4, 2008.) I’ve decided my family is weird enough for us to have our own reality TV show. When I say family, I’m referring to my husband and two sons — not my mom, dad and brother, although they can be entertaining, too. The other night, I was engrossed in a TV show (some reality trash, I’m sure), and my husband came into the living room. He was dressed in a dreadlo... READ MORE


    Southside’s first mayor focused on keeping promises

    If someone had told Ray Bowman when he was in high school that he would one day be the mayor of Southside, he probably would have laughed. He was on the Student Council when he attended Southside High School, but being mayor of Southside was never part of his plan. “As far as Southside even being a town, it wasn’t going to happen,” Bowman said. “There wasn’t going to be a mayor. We were country folks.” The past few months have been a ti... READ MORE


    Fish? For many outdoorsmen, it’s what’s for supper

    Many people go fishing for the thrill of the catch or a peaceful escape. That’s true for me and my family, too. But the main reason we go fishing is because we like to eat fish. And the fish we prefer are those we’ve caught ourselves, fresh from our favorite fishing holes. Many physicians recommend eating fish at least twice a week. Those species we catch in Arkansas are a lean, healthy source of protein, and oily kinds, such as trout, ... READ MORE


    Simple spaghetti full of flavor

    A chance dinner with friends has brought this meal firmly into my weeknight rotation. We had just finished moving all our earthly belongings to a new house, and our friends (now our neighbors!) took pity on us: “It’s just turkey spaghetti, but you should come over for dinner.” We did, and we devoured our plates of “just turkey spaghetti.” It was more than just the hunger of a long moving day — this simple weeknight pasta was seriously g... READ MORE



    Aug. 27 Jacksonville Fair-Housing Forum JACKSONVILLE — The city of Jacksonville is undertaking a study, known as the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, to evaluate fair housing. A fair housing forum will be held at 2 p.m. at the Jacksonville Community Center, 5 Municipal Drive, to discuss the importance of the study and preliminary findings. All are invited to attend and provide knowledge and opinions on fair housing choic... READ MORE