World War II veteran Fred W. “Bill” Schoonover was the first veteran to be interviewed by the Cabot Public Library for the Veterans History Project. Schoonover served in the Pacific Theater of World War II as part of the 3198 Signal Service Battalion.
On Dec. 7, 1941, Fred W. “Bill” Schoonover went to a restaurant in his hometown of Guthrie Center, Iowa, not knowing that his life was about to change forever. He paid a dime for a cup of coffee and two doughnuts and settled into his seat when devastating news came over the radio. “The minute they said Pearl Harbor had been bombed, I went home. I don’t know why, but I went home. My folks were listening to the news on the radio,” he said... READ MORE
Greyhound Field has hosted a lot of big games, but on Wednesday, the stadium was packed for a different reason. Former coaches, players, cheerleaders and anyone associated with the Newport High School football program returned home to celebrate the life of legendary coach Bill Keedy, who died Sept. 26 at age 70.
If you do this job long enough, a lot of your sources are going to die. On Thursday, I immediately recognized the name Jonnie Fuller, 95, of Conway. I spent about three hours in her living room a couple of years ago, just days before her 93rd birthday. She did not tell stories quickly, and she had a lot of them. Debra Robinson, executive director of the Conway Senior Citizens Program, tipped me off that Ms. Jonnie, as she was often call... READ MORE
The first thing people need to know about new Heber Springs School District Superintendent Alan Stauffacher is how to pronounce his name. He pronounces it Stah-fi-sher. It’s mispronounced often, but “I’m used to it,” he said. The 52-year-old southwest-Missouri native describes himself as “a farm boy.” He grew up with four older sisters on a farm in a small community called Dunnegan. His mother, uncle and grandmother were teachers, but S... READ MORE
Step outside, and you can definitely tell fall is in the air. The weather is beginning to cool, and the water temperature is starting to fall in Arkansas’ lakes and streams. As the water cools, bass fishing begins its fall transformation. It’s time to switch gears, changing tactics and presentations in order to catch more autumn bass. Here are some tips to help you succeed. Learn the subtleties of fall bass behavior The summer-to-autumn... READ MORE
Morning is one of my favorite parts of each weekday. Even though I may have worked late in my restaurants the night before, I love to get up to fix breakfast for my two young sons, Oliver and Alexander, before driving them to school. Breakfast, as everyone knows, is important for starting the day right. A good morning meal gives you energy and helps you focus on what lies ahead. It can also help set the tone for the way you eat the rest... READ MORE
Oct. 4 Blasingame Cemetery Association Meeting EL PASO — The Blasingame Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting at noon at the Blasingame Cemetery pavilion. The meeting will feature a potluck lunch, and officers and board members will be elected for the coming year. The meeting is open to the public. Oct. 5 Retired Teachers Meeting CABOT — The Lonoke County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Mount Tabor ... READ MORE