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Anna Gronewold

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Moonshine by day

posted: 07/27/2014 2:50 a.m. Discuss

"In the next five years there won't be no more moonshine liquor," southern Appalachia's legendary moonshiner Popcorn Sutton mutters, half to the camera, half to himself in the 2008 documentary The Last One. He smears gritty clay on a pile of flat rocks with long, knobby fingers as he builds his last still.

Sharing a mother's love

posted: 07/16/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Darby Beranek's deep freeze overflows with tiny packets of magic elixir, grouped in larger zip-close bags. At first she was elated by how quickly her stash multiplied. But she only has one freezer, and she only has one baby.

A brush with painting, with a palette of drinks

posted: 07/15/2014 2:28 a.m. Comment 1

In the back of Gusano's Pizza, the downtown Thursday night crowd halfheartedly watches basketball. But the front of the restaurant swirls with the energy of an '80s aerobics studio.

FILM: Splices of genius in 16mm

posted: 07/15/2014 2:26 a.m. Discuss

It began scrawled on dirty napkins at Little Rock's late gastropub The House in 2011. Or maybe the idea came before that, in the late '90s, on the bare arm of 14-year-old JT Tarpley as he watched 8 ½ for the first time in the back room at Vino's, and later as he permanently inked the film's gibberish phrase "Asa Nisi Masa" on his bicep.

Self-driven forester logs miles to help sick youth

posted: 07/06/2014 2:47 a.m. Discuss

Allen Farley brought only socks and underwear for the national award ceremony in Virginia Beach, Va. The navy tie he wore was a gift from the staff of Arkansas Children's Hospital and he picked out the shirt, pants and shoes on a hurried trip to a mall the day before.

Review: Earth to Echo

posted: 07/04/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

You've seen them before: a strong-jawed hero with a murky past and uncertain future; his level-headed sidekick, balancing emotion with common sense; and a chubby tagalong who requires double the rescuing and contributes at least that much comic relief.

Music: Never idle Daughtry set for theme park splash

posted: 06/26/2014 2:07 a.m. Comment 1

Despite tattooed limbs and Creed-esque growls, Chris Daughtry has a sense of humor. So, in a twist from his earlier releases, the rocker's fourth studio album, Baptized, surprised fans with its poppy, synth-y and folk-y tracks, a nod to his light-hearted personality.

Miss Arkansas adjusts to her reign

posted: 06/23/2014 3:30 a.m. Gallery Discuss

HOT SPRINGS -- Ashton Campbell woke up Sunday morning in her king-sized hotel bed with a glimmering crown on the pillow to her right and an empty Domino's pizza box to her left.

UA sophomore new Miss Arkansas

posted: 06/22/2014 3:55 a.m. Gallery Discuss

HOT SPRINGS -- On a sequined Saturday night at Hot Springs' Summit Arena, Ashton Campbell earned the Miss Arkansas 2014 crown without her parents.

MUSIC: Casting Crowns' 'song of hope' stirs storm survivors

posted: 06/12/2014 2:15 a.m. Discuss

The first Sunday in May, Matt Rothacher stood on the crushed cement where his church used to be, holding a smashed guitar he had pulled from the rubble. The Valley Church's lead pastor looked out on the Vilonia crowd of 350, more than four times the size of his usual congregation, and began the service's final song: Casting Crowns' "Praise You in This Storm."

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