Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun September 14, 2014

Brandon Magness, left, and Jim Butler of the Partyq barbecue team from Batesville prepare a pork shoulder for the Go Hog Wild State Championship BBQ Competition during the 2012 Timberfest. This year, the barbecue competition, scheduled for Oct. 4 in Sheridan, will be sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, and Timberfest officials are looking for more teams for the contest.

Going hog wild

Sheridan’s Timberfest seeking barbecuers for state-title cook-off

Sweet-gum logs are not the only things that get chewed up at Grant County’s Timberfest. Pounds and pounds of barbecued pork, chicken and brisket will be devoured on the Saturday afternoon of Oct. 4, as teams of pit professionals and hog-smoking hobbyists compete in the Go Hog Wild BBQ State Championship Cook-off. Timberfest, set for Oct. 3 and 4, is organized by the Grant County Chamber of Commerce, and Jack Easley, the chamber’s vice p... READ MORE


Annual jazz festival opens Tuesday in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS — “There is no rock, no blues. Just jazz, true to the tradition of the music from Dixieland, big bands and fusion. Most of the big festivals don’t do that,” said Gretchen Taylor, executive director of the Hot Springs Jazz Society.


    Finding the positive in garage sales

    Having a garage sale is satisfying in so many ways. I just had a huge one last weekend. I saw some of you there — thank you for coming, buying something, if you did, and for your kind words. Especially the guy who said I looked like I’d lost weight since my last sale. We had four families involved — my mother contributed, as always, and my dad even got in on the act this time with some old tools, which all sold. My sister-in-law sent me... READ MORE


    New leader of Arkadelphia’s search for industry and jobs trades ducks for DeGray

    Stephen Bell moved to Arkadelphia about a month ago from Stuttgart to become the new president and CEO of the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce. Since arriving there, he has been meeting new people, learning about his new community and keeping busy with all its latest developments. “I’ve been working hard with a number of new projects that have been started,” he said. “I’ve attended the Wal-... READ MORE


    Delicious doves for dinner

    Arkansas’ mourning-dove season got underway Sept. 6, and those skillful enough to hit these plentiful, fast-flying game birds are now faced with a pleasant dilemma: How shall I cook these delicious morsels of meat? My favorite method of preparation was learned years ago while visiting Lake Chicot in southeast Arkansas. I was with a group of outdoor writers at Lake Chicot State Park for a weekend conference, and at the invitation of the ... READ MORE


    Use a rice cooker to make the best rice pudding ever

    “Do you always make everything from scratch, the old-fashioned way?” That’s a question I’m asked often by people who love to cook. My answer has two parts, just like the question itself. I begin by telling people that, yes, I make everything from scratch whenever possible — and within reason. At Spago, for example, we bake our own breads every day, and whisk up mayonnaise from egg yolks and oil, and simmer our own stocks. For the best q... READ MORE



    Sept. 14 Flower Show HOT SPRINGS — The Verna Garvan Design Study Group’s standard flower show will continue from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Garvan Woodland Gardens. The show is free and open to the public. For more information, call (501) 262-9606. Sept. 15 Game On BENTON/BRYANT — Tweens and teens are invited to play video and board games at 3:30 p.m. at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton and at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Libr... READ MORE