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Cheree Franco

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Recent Stories by Cheree Franco

Art under pressure

posted: 07/13/2014 2:28 a.m. Comment 1

In the beginning, one thing is certain: There will be guns.

Vegan food for thought

posted: 06/24/2014 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Everyone who has come for the bonfire will be in the Makeda's Nido shoot -- Maat.Ra Butterfly insists.

Vegan Veg pleases, perturbs

posted: 06/19/2014 2:36 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas is home to Yarnell's Ice Cream, the concept of cheese dip, championship barbecue, the world's second largest meat processing company and prime duck hunting.

Impressions from 4 days of Wakarusa

posted: 06/17/2014 2:19 a.m. Gallery Discuss

OZARK -- Wakarusa has a reputation as a longtime jam-band festival that increasingly caters to the blissed-out, hula-hooping hippie's alter ego, the electronically fueled, dance-all-night party kid.

Peace, love and Chompdown

posted: 06/17/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Chompdown, an unofficial community potluck held each year in the middle of Wakarusa, is somehow more pure and celebratory than nearly anything else that happens. It's organized by veteran festivalgoers in tribute to a man named Jon "Rabbit" Cabrera, who died in 2010 of lymphoma.

Duffer's real boon to golf benefit

posted: 06/08/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business serves largely nontraditional students, many of whom have worked for years before pursuing degrees and who must balance studies with families and jobs.

Judge OKs DNA tests in 1994 slaying

posted: 06/04/2014 4:57 a.m. Discuss

Carroll County Circuit Judge Kent Crow has granted permission for DNA testing on crime-scene evidence from a slaying that occurred in Green Forest 20 years ago.

MUSIC: Wakarusa turns a groovy 11

posted: 06/03/2014 2:14 a.m. Discuss

According to social media users, Wakarusa is a "magical muddy mountain," populated by "hippies + hillbillies = uninhibited mudcreatures" and "festival kids carrying filthy stuffed animals."

Wilson, then and now

posted: 05/25/2014 3:51 a.m. Discuss

THE SUNKEN LANDS This is the last of four stories about Northeast Arkansas’ Sunken Lands, areas that literally sank during the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes, transforming verdant forests into mosquito-infested swamps. TODAY: Wilson, a former corporate town, is reborn as its own municipality.

Wilson Cafe plans sprout organically

posted: 05/25/2014 3:14 a.m. Discuss

Joe Cartwright, 33, was managing The Elegant Farmer in Memphis when John Faulkner contacted the restaurant seeking a chef for a cafe in northeast Arkansas.

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