Volunteers Don Collins, left, and Bill McCrary, center, explain to homeowner Jackie Goshen how they plan to use the beams they are preparing for the house. The construction is part of the Arms Around Arkadelphia, a project that began 10 years ago.
Building better lives
From Monday until Friday, members of several Arkadelphia churches took time off from their everyday jobs to help make living easier for some of their neighbors in need. Arms Around Arkadelphia, a project begun 10 years ago by the First Baptist Church, is now a multidenominational effort to do major repairs at the homes of area residents who cannot do the work themselves. “First Baptist, First United Methodist and First Presbyterian of... READ MORE
Residents of the Benton area will soon have a place to chill out this summer. The Splashpad, a children’s play area with water spraying throughout the site, is set to open in the next couple of weeks, said John Eckart, Parks and Recreation director for the city of Benton.
I had to decide whether to write about butchering my azaleas or Father’s Day. I write about my mother all the time, but my dad I only mention from time to time. He likes it that way. But I don’t want people to get the impression that I’m not close to him or that he’s not a great father. It’s just the opposite, really. I’ll never forget a relative saying to me one time, “You think your dad is perfect.” Why, yes, I do. I can’t help... READ MORE
When Dr. Russell Gornichee opened the Weight Loss Center of Arkansas in Benton in May, it was a move he and his wife, Kim, had been talking about for years. “We have wanted to live in central Arkansas for a long time,” he said. “We have family near Mount Ida, and we used to spend vacations here and every Christmas. The five-hour drive dragging the boat was getting ridiculous.” Several years ago, the Gornichees had purchased property o... READ MORE
Food tastes delicious when cooked outdoors. And nothing quite highlights a fun campout like favored foods prepared over an open fire. Modern camp cooking can be much like cooking at home. Push a button to light the camp stove or gas grill, or start a charcoal fire, and you’re ready to prepare a hot, delicious meal. For many of us, however, camp cooking means campfire cooking. We enjoy preparing foods the old-fashioned way: over the glo... READ MORE
One of the buzzwords in the food and diet industry is “superfood.” Although used by widely esteemed medical experts such as the Mayo Clinic, finding a consistent, concrete definition for this term is tedious. Scientists and nutritionists at the Institute of Food Technologists, the leading professional society in food science, recognize that some foods by their basic nature pack a healthy punch by adding vitamins and minerals, cancer-fig... READ MORE
June 13 Advisory Committee Meeting HOT SPRINGS — The Community Development Advisory Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the City Hall Board Chambers, 133 Convention Blvd. Items for discussion will include revisions to the FY 2013 Request for Release of Funding, the 2014-2019 Consolidated Plan, the committee’s meeting schedule and requests for applications. For more information, call Terry Payne at (501) 321-6806. Arkansas Confederate... READ MORE