Mike Volz, director of the Arkadelphia Parks and Recreation Department, tells some of the history of DeSoto Bluff, which overlooks the Ouachita River. Arkadelphia has built a paved road off North 10th Street (U.S. 67) to a small parking lot. From there, visitors can walk down a broad paved path to DeSoto Bluff.
Clark County residents like to believe Hernando DeSoto and his men camped along the Ouachita River on the bluff that now carries his name, but Arkadelphia City Manager Jimmy Bolt said he’s been told historical research does not support the story. “It has been a story that has been told around here for a long time,” he said, “so the name’s stuck, and I won’t be the one that says it’s impossible.” It is known that in 1804, Americans Geo... READ MORE
When filmmaker John Baxter’s wife, Suzie, inherited an old piano from her aunt, the couple discovered that the instrument was linked to a story of murder and revenge that he wants to tell in a documentary.
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
June, which is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, is usually the time for the first heat wave, grills getting cleaned, and roadside vegetable stands and farmers markets displaying their delicious bounty in bushel baskets. This year in Arkansas, the drenching spring and unexpected cold snap right in the middle of early growing season has delayed some crops, specifically tomatoes. The organizers of the 57-year-old Pink Tomato Fest... READ MORE
June 20 History and Heritage Society Meeting BENTON — The Saline County History and Heritage Society will meet at 7 p.m. at 123 N. Market St. Russell P. Baker, a retired archivist, will present A Short History of Roosevelt’s Forest Army, the Civilian Conservation Corps. Tom Blackburn, president of the group, encourages the public to attend. For more information, call (501) 794-4557. Genealogy/Local History Help BRYANT — Steve Perdue... READ MORE