Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun September 24, 2017
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

From left, Gwendolyn Harper, Jane Talent, Dana Rozenski, Alan Laughy, Kevin House, Eddie Fletcher, Jennifer Martin and Christie McMillion prepare for the upcoming FestiVille in Jacksonville, set for Friday and Saturday. Rozenski said activities at the festival will include live entertainment, a volleyball tournament, a petting zoo and pony rides, a 5K, canoe and kayak rides, a shooting demonstration, beanbag baseball, carnival rides, games, a car show and more.

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Jacksonville gears up for fifth annual FestiVille

Pony rides, rock-climbing, live entertainment, carnival rides and barbecue are a few of the things attendees can experience in the cooler weather at this year’s FestiVille. The fifth annual FestiVille event will take place from 3-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Dupree Park in Jacksonville. Dana Rozenski, programs supervisor for Jacksonville Parks and Recreation, said there are no admission or parking fees. Most activitie... READ MORE


    Searching for a special connection

    I’m trying to figure out what my special “thing” will be with Kennedy, my 4-month-old granddaughter. When I was visiting her a couple of weeks ago, my son jokingly said, “If you wash her bottles, she’ll love you best.” (Guilt is an inherited trait in our family.) That led to a discussion about what our “thing” would be. My daughter-in-law said her parents would probably take Kennedy hiking because they love to do that. “You can take her... READ MORE


    Foundation director prioritizes family, connections

    Cindy Jones believes in giving — to her family, her community and her school district. Jones has been executive director of the Cabot Panther Foundation, the Cabot Public School District’s nonprofit organization, since 2015. Founded in 2006, she said, CPF’s mission is “to support the educational purposes of the Cabot School District, including, but not limited to, funding research, education, athletic and other activities to promote pub... READ MORE


    Hidden havens provide small-game-hunting opportunities

    When it comes to small-game-hunting opportunities, Arkansas truly is the sportsman’s Land of Opportunity. The Natural State offers an exciting array of possibilities for in-the-field fun. Rabbits and squirrels provide sport for small-game hunters statewide, and if you do your homework, you can also find blue-ribbon hunting for bobwhite quail, migratory game birds, furbearers and other quarry. Indeed, the biggest problem an Arkansas smal... READ MORE


    Welcome autumn with my recipe for individual apple pies

    We’re just days away from the beginning of autumn on the calendar, even though the warm days of Indian summer that arrive with fall and often stay through October can sometimes make us feel like the season hasn’t changed yet. Still, I don’t usually rely on the calendar or the weather to tell me what season it is. One stroll through the farmers market, and I know fall is here. Apples are beginning to fill the stalls. And that means my ch... READ MORE



    Sept. 25 AARP Smart Driver Class HORSESHOE BEND — An AARP Smart Driver Class will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Horseshoe Bend Public Library, 9 Club Road. Doors will open at 8 a.m. This will be the last class in Horseshoe Bend for 2017. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. For more information or to register for the class, call Marge Burge at (870) 670-5734. Cabot AARP Meeting CABOT — The Cabot Chapter of AARP will meet... READ MORE