Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun August 2, 2015
PHOTO BY: Mark Buffalo

Cabot Public Schools Athletic Director Steve Roberts is the 2014-15 Arkansas Athletic Director of the Year. Roberts recently completed his fourth year at Cabot after a long football coaching tenure at Arkansas State University.

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Cabot AD honored with statewide award

Cabot Public Schools Athletic Director Steve Roberts was recently honored as the Arkansas Athletic Director of the Year for the 2014-15 school year. The award is presented by the Arkansas High School Athletic Administrators Association. Roberts was selected by vote to receive the title during the association’s meeting in March. He received his award during the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Week in Conway in June. “I ... READ MORE


Program emphasizes God in weight-loss battle

Charlotte Davis lost 25 pounds 20 years ago and has kept it off via the First Place 4 Health plan, and she has become an ambassador for the program, teaching classes locally each week. She is also a networking leader statewide, helping others start First Place 4 Health groups.


    Back to the land of clothes and calories

    I’m back to the reality of having to wear clothes and eat right. Last week’s fill-in column was about the beach because I was … at the beach. So, forgive me, but that’s my topic this week, too. We hadn’t been there in three years, thanks to my husband’s journey to get more education and earn a doctorate — even though he was the one who had fun in college, and I was the one with the good grade-point average. He took academic books to rea... READ MORE


    New Ozarka provost knows value of education firsthand

    Keith McClanahan knows both the price and the reward of education. His parents did not graduate from high school and had a hard time getting back on their feet when his father became disabled, so at a young age, McClanahan knew that education was the key to changing his economic future. Now, in his role as provost and executive vice president of learning at Ozarka College in Melbourne, he said he hopes to open educational opportunities ... READ MORE


    Cherry tomatoes, lettuce, even french fries among favored baits for white amur

    To catch a grass carp, toss a salad. Throw in some cherry tomatoes, some lettuce, celery, pea pods, a bit of watercress, some duckweed, coontail, pondweed and muskgrass. OK, so it’s not your regular salad, and chances are you never figured on using vegetables for bait. Don’t worry; grass carp will like it, just the same. These giant Asian minnows, also known as white amurs (Ctenopharyngodon idella), are vegetarians, you see. They shy aw... READ MORE


    Sweet, cool summer soup beats the heat

    On some of summer’s hottest days, dessert can run the risk of turning what should be a meal’s crowning glory into the last straw. When the weather feels oppressive, who needs something overly filling as the final course? Most of the time, we turn to the freezer for warm-weather desserts. Ice creams, sorbets and other frozen treats are proven pleasers. But even they can sit heavy sometimes, especially after a big grilled meal. So let me ... READ MORE



    Aug. 3-7 Vacation Bible School Programs BATESVILLE — Compass Church’s Vacation Bible School programs, Camp Discovery VBS and Game Days VBS, will begin Aug. 3. Camp Discovery VBS will be held from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 3-7 for 4-year-olds through second-graders. They will meet at Compass Church, 4550 Harrison St. Game Days VBS will be held at West Magnet School from 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 3-6 for children in grades three through eight. Aug. 4 Golf T... READ MORE