Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu April 24, 2014
PHOTO BY: Rusty Hubbard

Greg Spann is pastor of the Cross Bar C Cowboy Church on U.S. 70 in rural Saline County near Benton. The church is having services after opening in October in a church house that was built to resemble a barn.

Rodeos and religion

Cowboy church growing in new home

Some 75 people gathered at 6:45 Easter morning for a sunrise service on U.S. 70 in rural Saline County. The gathering looked like a combination of a tailgate party and a posse being organized. That’s the way they like it at the Cross Bar C Cowboy Church. Pastor Greg Spann gave his sermon from horseback outside the congregation’s new church house that was built to resemble a barn. “When the wood gets a little weathered, then we are going... READ MORE


Project blends music, dance, pottery into many lessons

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — It has been said that one of the harder parts of being a teacher is getting students to pay attention and become excited about their lessons.


    Hot on the trail of a new stove

    Our Easter dinner could be interesting today. My husband planned to bake a ham, like he always does, and make cheese grits, like he always does. The other sides are negotiable. I’ve noticed for a long time that our oven cooks slowly. However, when it took more than an hour to bake a cake that should have taken 25 minutes, we knew there was a problem. Our 15-plus-year-old oven bit the dust. I called our handy-dandy service guy, who diagn... READ MORE


    Librarian goes from the age of ‘shush’ to public computers

    Even before she finished taking classes at Ouachita Baptist University in 1974, Judy Golden was working for the Clark County Library in Arkadelphia. “I did my practicum as a student at the public library in 1973 and then was hired part time there in the spring of 1974 and was full time after I graduated in August,” said Judy Golden, director of both the Arkadelphia Public Library and the Cabe Public Library in Gurdon. “I was made the he... READ MORE


    Getting started fly-fishing

    There’s something incredibly beautiful in the way a well-cast fly line unfurls in the air, gently delivering a hook adorned with a few twists of thread and some feathers to a distant target. Romantic images of fly-fishing have drawn many newcomers to the sport in recent years and caught the attention of many more who would like to learn the art of catching fish on a fly. If you’ve been thinking about getting started fly-fishing, you may... READ MORE


    What’s in a name?

    While making preparations to recognize April 24 as the day set aside to heap well-deserved praise on perennially favorite Pigs in Blankets — tiny bite-size sausages, or frankfurters, wrapped in a pastry and served hot from the oven — curiosity arises. What the heck are all these foods with silly names? Pigs in Blankets is relatively easy to decode with a little logic. Pigs (pork) are wrapped in soft “blankets’ (puffed pastry, biscuit do... READ MORE


    This week's events in the Tri-Lakes area

    April 24 Planetarium Show ARKADELPHIA — The planetarium at Henderson State University will feature Two Small Pieces of Glass at 7 p.m. at the Reynolds Science Center. The public show will utilize the facility’s 360-degree panoramic screen. Admission is $3 per person or $1 with a student ID. For more information, call (870) 230-5006. Senior Exhibit ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University presents Michael Connell and Adam Oakes’ senior... READ MORE