Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun November 11, 2018
PHOTO BY: Staci Vandagriff

Garrett Ellsworth, 24, stands with his mother, Cynthia Ellsworth, at the Mid-Arkansas River Valley Abilities Workshop in Russellville, where he works three days a week. Cynthia is a member of the board of directors of the nonprofit organization that provides jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. Thursday at the center, 1205 S. Arkansas Ave.

‘Because of you’

MARVA Workshop sets Thursday open house

Cynthia and Dan Ellsworth’s 24-year-old son, Garrett, was developing normally until he got a virus as a toddler. “He got sick at 15 months, and it just changed our life,” Cynthia Ellsworth said. “They called it pneumococcal sepsis; it just shut down everything,” she said. Garrett stopped walking and talking. He even went blind for a time, although his sight came back. “Our life just totally changed,” she said. “He went from typically de... READ MORE

LATEST NEWS

Area golfers win Player of the Year awards

Two golfers from the River Valley & Ozark Edition coverage area were among those honored as Arkansas State Golf Association Players of the Year on Nov. 1 at the organization’s annual Hall of Fame banquet at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock.

THAT'S LIFE

    ‘Invested’ in cleaning out the closet

    I finally cleaned out my closet after saying for months that I needed to do it. My clothes were piling up on the edge of the Jacuzzi because I had run out of hangers and room. My walk-in closet was becoming a lean-in-and-throw closet. I hadn’t made the summer-to-fall switch because of the wild fluctuations in our weather — 90 degrees one day, 50 the next. Cleaning out my closet is always a several-hour project, so I have to clear my sch... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    Perryville woman served as nurse in WWII

    Growing up in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, Lorine Cochran Wolf, 96, knew there were not many career opportunities open to women. “You could be a secretary, nurse or teacher,” said Wolf, who has lived in Perryville since 1982. “I chose to be a nurse … later, a nurse anesthetist.” At age 23 — during World War II — Wolf joined the Army so she could fulfill her dream. The Army helped move her along the path to her dream career, but the A... READ MORE

RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

    5 WMAs among the state’s best for duck hunting

    The name Bayou Meto has long been synonymous with world-class waterfowling. Mention this southeast Arkansas wildlife management area to a duck hunter, and he’ll respond like Pavlov’s dog to a dinner bell — drooling at the mouth, with a hungry look in his eyes. In the minds of many, Bayou Meto is the center of the waterfowling universe, and anything outside this fabled realm is lesser fare. In reality, several Arkansas WMAs serve up wate... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

    Nov. 11 Faulkner County Singing Club GREENBRIER — The Faulkner County Singing Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. at Soda Valley Baptist Church, approximately 2 miles northeast of Greenbrier on Arkansas 285. The event usually lasts until 3 p.m. The club meets monthly from September through May. All are invited to join these friends in singing new and old gospel songs. Flag Display and Dedication HEBER SPRINGS — The American Legion and the Cleb... READ MORE