Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu August 28, 2014
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Pilot Phillip Rodgers, left, and Michael Sellers, aviation manager for the Arkansas Forestry Commission, stand by a Sesna T41, one of the planes used to spot fires around the state.

Forest-fire fliers

Malvern-based pilots patrol woods during fire seasons

In the countryside outside Malvern is a tan metal hangar with 15 airplanes positioned nearby. The hangar is the base for air-attack operations. Perhaps not as dramatic as the name sounds, the fleet of planes of the Arkansas Forestry Commission at the Malvern Municipal Airport in Hot Spring County is a vital part of the state’s battle against forest fires. The pilots of the Forestry Commission, based at the airport, fly almost daily, ins... READ MORE


Benton development director to head county development group

BENTON — Lamont Cornwell has started to clean out his office at the Benton Municipal Complex on South Street, where he has worked for the past four years, but he will probably not throw a lot of stuff away.


    My interest in Pinterest is piqued

    If you’d told me 24 years ago that I’d be giving wine bottles a bath for my son’s wedding, I would have said you were crazy. Yet, there are 35 wine bottles soaking in my Jacuzzi tub as I write this. I blame Pinterest. See, in my day, brides just picked a dress, a hat or veil, a pretty pair of shoes and some ugly bridesmaid dresses; threw a few candelabras on the altar; and got married. We didn’t have that many ideas. We didn’t have Pint... READ MORE


    OBU official recommends international experience for all young people

    Ian Cosh is a world traveler. What else would you call someone who was born in Northern Ireland, raised in Africa and from there moved to Arkadelphia? Yet, traveling around the world and helping others do the same are also a large part of his job as vice president of community and international engagement at Ouachita Baptist University and director of the school’s Ben M. Elrod Center for Family and Community. “International travel is at... READ MORE


    Sometimes downsizing can bring more bass bites

    I grew up reading the saying on the pages of publications like Field & Stream and Outdoor Life. I also heard it on outdoor television shows when anglers traded in their casting and spinning gear for tiny creature baits and long whippy fly rods. This great tip of the week? Match the hatch. Just those three words. Choose a bait that matches or closely compares to the size, color, shape and/or action of the insect, fish or other creatu... READ MORE


    Celebrate with Butterflied ‘Barbecued’ Chicken

    I’m fascinated by the terms people choose to use for the cooking they do outdoors. Many still use the generic term “barbecuing.” But, as true barbecue devotees will tell you, that word correctly refers only to large cuts of meat and poultry cooked slowly to near-melting tenderness by the heat of an outdoor fire, which also imparts the scent of wood smoke — a flavor often complemented by basting the food with some form of barbecue sauce.... READ MORE



    Aug. 28 Henderson State University Blood Drive ARKADELPHIA — A blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Garrison Center Banquet Room at Henderson State University. Anyone who is healthy and at least 16 years old may donate blood. A summer zoo-themed T-shirt will be given to each donor. Health screenings and donor reward points, redeemable in the Arkansas Blood Institute’s online store, will also be provided to donors. App... READ MORE