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PAPER TRAILS: Bestselling author adds Arkansas connections to work; travel show spotlights Little Rock

updated: 09/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

WHAT'S IN A NAME: Tim Green, a former NFL player and New York Times bestselling author whose works include Football Genius and Unstoppable, has a new novel, Left Out, which includes a couple of Arkansas connections. One of the characters in his new book, set for release this month, is named Megan Nickell, in honor of a 12-year-old Central Arkansas Christian student who died in July 2015 after being hit by lightning while playing volleyball on an Alabama beach. The other is Brett Bell, an eighth-grader and fellow classmate of Megan's. The book centers on a boy with cochlear implants whose dream is to play football. The name of Bell (who has cochlear implants) is used for the character who befriends the hearing-impaired boy.

Ask the Expert

posted: 09/24/2016 2:05 a.m. Discuss

I am a first-time homeowner and this will be my first fall and winter in the home I bought earlier this year. What should I do to try to prevent any wildlife from moving in when the temperatures start to drop and cooler weather arrives?

Paper Trails: PAPER TRAILS: Little Rock girl gets new Miss America's 1st autograph; Beatles exhibit at Clinton Center

updated: 09/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A BEAUT OF A GIFT: When Little Rock resident Reagan Dennie turned 11 Monday during an East Coast road trip vacation with her family, an unexpected gift arrived -- a chance meeting with a fellow Arkansan, newly crowned Miss America Savvy Shields.

Rising from the ashes

posted: 09/17/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

After a fire in April 2015 destroyed the wooden Italianate Victorian home Jennifer Carman was restoring, she was crushed. But this spring brought a new love -- an even bigger Italianate, this one brick, just blocks from her now-vacant lot.

Ask the Expert

posted: 09/17/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

I am a huge fan of keeping clutter at bay in my life and home. I recently have a lot of stuff in my life and am looking for a stylish way to decorate my home's interior such as Scandinavian-inspired minimalism or midcentury modern that won't invite the dust collectors to return. What are some furniture and accessory guidelines that lend themselves to the spareness I'm seeking?

Attic's colony of bats getting their own digs

posted: 09/17/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

A father's love for his daughter can be an all-encompassing thing, helping her grow and spread her wings.

Homeowner discovers parts of cupola, seeks to restore it

posted: 09/17/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Jennifer Carman, who is in the early stages of restoring the Mills-Davis house in downtown Little Rock, says if she can come in under budget with the restoration of the rest of the house, she will finish it off with a reproduction of its missing 14-windowed cupola.

PAPER TRAILS: Little Rock runner hurt, turns to bicycles; Disney Channel star's Arkansas connections

posted: 09/11/2016 2:57 a.m. Discuss

RACING TO A NEW WIN: Little Rock runner Leah Thorvilson, who repeatedly won the Little Rock Marathon and even made it into the Olympic trials in London four years ago before she had to retire from running following several surgeries on her knee, has taken up biking. She's already one of the top 10 semifinalists for a training berth with a women's pro racing team, the 2016 Zwift Academy. And she hasn't completely given up running. She tells Paper Trails she can resume running this November. She just doesn't know if she'll ever be able to do so on a competitive level again.

Ask the Expert

posted: 09/10/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

My wife and I always thought we'd buy a starter home and then upgrade to a nicer, more permanent one about five years later. But these days, I am hearing that fewer buyers are taking this route. Has this changed and, if so, why?

PAPER TRAILS: Torii Hunter honor; Jermain Taylor gets married; new shift for longtime KTHV anchor

updated: 09/05/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

OUT OF THE PARK! Five-time Major League Baseball All-Star Torii Hunter was among three former players recently inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence for 2016. Hunter, who played in the National Little League in Pine Bluff, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1993 and went on to play for 19 years with the Twins, Angels and Tigers. Hunter, who retired after the 2015 season, was inducted into the Twins' Hall of Fame in July.

Charity shrimp boil a hot ticket

posted: 09/04/2016 2:10 a.m. Discuss

For the past couple of years, Van Zbinden has been taking the heat and staying in hot water at his church.

PAPER TRAILS: Tony Alamo, Katy Perry's nod to Little Rock musician, Arkansan actor's next star turn

updated: 08/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 4

HE'S BACK ... Just when you think you've heard the last of Christian evangelist Tony Alamo ... you haven't. Yes, he's been serving a 175-year prison stint in Tucson, Ariz., since 2009, when he was convicted of 10 counts of transporting minors across state lines for the purposes of sex.

Ask the expert

posted: 08/27/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

My husband and I are still in relatively good health, physically and mentally, and now that we are in our early 70s, we are wondering what home improvement projects we can make to help us continue to age in place in our home where we’ve reared our children.

Personal Space

posted: 08/27/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Where I live: In Roland, just west of Little Rock toward Pinnacle Mountain in a Tuscany-style home built about 1996 on 36 acres.

Paper Trails: Gift to dad now Lee's new album

posted: 08/21/2016 2:36 a.m. Discuss

Call it the softer, gentler side of Evanescence's Amy Lee. The double Grammy-winning goth-rock powerhouse's new 12-song album, Dream Too Much, which drops Sept. 30 as an Amazon Music exclusive, is for children.

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