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.


    Dog, teen survive earring ordeals

    I don’t know what the chances are for two co-workers to have weird earring stories in a week, but they did. That’s weird stories that involved earrings, not stories about weird earrings. A co-worker in advertising who is a jewelry maven and a dog lover had an unfortunate mix of the two. She went to call on a customer for the first time, and the couple had an 8-week-old golden retriever puppy. This co-worker can’t keep her hands off a do... 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


    What’s in a name? Well, it’s all relative

    My father and mother divorced when I was 5. I never saw my dad much after that. He loved to hunt, though, and he owned a sizable, collection of shotguns and rifles. When he died at the age of 57, my stepmother, Rose, gave the guns to me. My favorite is a Remington Arms double-barrel 12 gauge. I frequently use it to hunt squirrels, rabbits and other game. I don’t know what model it is or how old it might be; there’s nothing on the shotgu... 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