Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun July 5, 2015
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Justin Kish paddles while gaining on the competition’s boat, manned by Stephen, left, and Lukas Pate, which is falling apart feet from the finish line at Sandy Beach in Heber Springs during last year’s World Championship Cardboard Boat Races. Battling for the lead along with Kish are his boat mates Shawn Rhoades and Aaron Dorton.

Row for the gold

Jimmy Buffett-style boats wanted for race

Julie Murray, executive director of the Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, said “the most exciting part” of the 29th annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Races is the theme: Flip-flops and Pop Tops. It’s a tribute to laid-back longtime singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett. Participants don’t have to be Parrotheads to compete, but his fans might have the edge. “You can copy his island style; you can use lyrics to one of his songs to ... READ MORE


Summer brings pet-safety concerns

For pet owners, all four seasons present sets of circumstances to be overcome in keeping animals healthy and happy. Summer, however, with its grueling heat and humidity, is especially challenging. In fact, summer’s most popular holiday can have disastrous repercussions for pets. The Fourth of July, with its thundering fireworks displays, is a traumatic time for animals who have a fear of loud noises. It is also the day of the year when...


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    Unity Health Foundation director, Kiwanis president makes impact

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    Outdoorsmen, others have plenty of ways they can help the environment

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    Make brunch-worthy breakfast any day of the week

    Despite the fact that we are entering one of my favorite, easy and effortless breakfast seasons (fresh berries and yogurt, anyone?), I love any chance to work protein into my mornings. Egg bakes are perfect for a weekday meal because they hold up in the refrigerator for a good five days. When baked ahead of time, you can have a brunch-worthy breakfast on an average Wednesday, and it will feel like a pretty big treat. The ingredients her... READ MORE



    July 6 Community Music BATESVILLE — Community members are invited to bring patriotic songs to play and sing with other community members at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at First Community Bank. For more information, contact Ed at (870) 307-0258. Adult Book-Bag Craft JACKSONVILLE—The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will hold a craft session for adults and for teens accompanied by adults at 3 p.m. The attendees will decorate a book bag w... READ MORE