Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun July 23, 2017
PHOTO BY: Rita Ward

Shay Pool of Mountain View tunes a violin. She said music is everywhere. “We hear it in stores, on streets, from cars, TVs and churches. It makes our world a better place,” she said.

Musical Pools

Mountain View couple help keep folk music alive

Shay and Scott Pool know a thing or two about guitars, fiddles and all things folk. The couple have owned Mountain View Music for 11 years, although it has existed for around 40. Shay Pool said Mountain View Music is a full-service acoustic stringed-instrument shop that offers a variety of instruments and accessories. Instrument repair and lessons are also offered at the shop. “Our shop can handle repairs ranging from minor setup work t... READ MORE


    Surviving summer in the South

    In case you haven’t noticed, summer has arrived. We got off easy at first this year. It seemed like summer might not really come. A breeze was often blowing. I wore a sweater one night in early July while attending an outdoor play. Now I’ve turned into a sweater. I sweat while I’m blow-drying my hair in the morning, which is followed by drinking a hot cup of coffee. My husband and I started talking about hot summers. I remember it got s... READ MORE


    Photographer makes mark, donates time and work

    Lynn Reinbolt has traveled the world and made a difference in the lives of many. The former president of Road Systems Inc. in Searcy retired in January, but volunteer work still keeps him busy. Reinbolt said he is an avid environmentalist. “I believe that our Earth was created by God for his purpose, and that we are endowed by him to be its caretakers. We are to care for, use and preserve his creation, not destroy it,” Reinbolt said. Re... READ MORE


    Strange little creatures amaze swimmers and boaters

    We were swimming in Lake Ouachita just west of Hot Springs when we first saw them. My friend Lewis and I had taken our sons Shannon and Zach to the lake for a weekend getaway in August. We set up our tents in a public campground, then headed straight for the shore to enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool, clear water. As we floated and dove in the shallows with swim masks on, we saw many fish, including bluegills, longear sunfish and large... READ MORE


    When tomatoes ripen past their prime, try drying them in the oven

    Yes, I have to admit it: I played a part in the great sun-dried tomato craze of the 1980s. Guests at my original Spago location above Hollywood’s Sunset Strip could enjoy sun-dried tomatoes on pizzas, in pastas and salads, and as part of the sauces or garnishes for grilled or sauteed foods. From their gemlike, deep-red color to their chewy texture to their almost candy-sweet flavor, they were irresistible. But while sun-dried tomatoes c... READ MORE



    July 24 Palestine Baptist Church Homecoming QUITMAN — Palestine Baptist Church, 389 Edgemont Road, will celebrate its 156 years of existence at the church’s homecoming. Brother Mike Martin will deliver the message at 11 a.m. A potluck lunch will be served at noon in the Fellowship Hall, followed by a special concert by Heavens Echoes at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call the church at (501) 589-2860. Monday Cabot AARP Meeting CABOT ... READ MORE