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A canoe on the Buffalo National River on a spring day

Arkansas Farm Bureau opposes redesignation of Buffalo National River

Arkansas Farm Bureau delegates have approved a policy opposing redesignation of the Buffalo National River to a national park and preserve, a position advocated by two Walton heirs and the state's first gentleman.

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Mighty Rib fights hunger, promotes local restaurants with Hunger Relief Alliance fundraiser

Kevin Shalin of The Mighty Rib food blog is hosting his annual donation drive for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance through Tuesday of this week.

Discussion on the future of LRSD's Parkview High School set for tonight at 6 p.m.

The public is invited and encouraged to come out and weigh in on "the possible future of Parkview and more."

State revenue as of November trails last year, beats forecast

State revenues are down 5.6% compared to last year but are ahead of the state forecast by 5.5%.

LRPD reports double homicide on Sunday

The killings brought the 2023 Little Rock homicide count to 57, according to the Little Rock Police Department. The department, however, does not include two deaths in its tally that occurred in Little Rock earlier this year.

Daffodils don't die: A country burial plot, and a son's grief

A reflection on graveyard gardening.

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The Waltons, the first gentleman and the future of the Buffalo River

On Oct. 26, more than 1,000 people turned out for a community meeting at the school cafeteria in Jasper, an Ozarks town and home to about 500 residents. Almost 2,000 more watched the meeting online. But the big names of the night were absent: two grandsons of Walmart founder Sam Walton and the Arkansas governor’s husband, Bryan Sanders.

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Gar Hole-idays Winter Showcase to feature Nick Shoulders, Dylan Earl, Bonnie Montgomery and more

The lineup for the second annual Gar Hole-idays Winter Showcase features two consecutive nights of music by four members of the Gar Hole roster — Nick Shoulders, Dylan Earl, Bonnie Montgomery and Chris Acker — as well as a handful of other acts billed as part of the label’s extended family.

Little Rock illustrator Sally Nixon's new book will revel in the '80s

"Let's Go to the Mall" is a nostalgic, pastel-infused twist on the wondrous formula Nixon established with 2017's "Houseplants and Hot Sauce."

John Paul White of The Civil Wars is coming to White Water

John Paul White, soulfully strained singer-songwriter and formerly one half of The Civil Wars, is coming to White Water Tavern for two nights in a row on Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27.

All of my eyes are open: Hot Springs poet Kai Coggin finds purpose in speaking truth to power

Back during her turbulent teenage years, when poetry was a solitary comfort while she came to terms with her queerness, Kai Coggin made a vow. “My soul made a promise,” Coggin said. “If I made it through, I’d hold space for others.” Now she cultivates community wherever she goes. 

Didn't get a weekend pass for White Water's Holiday Hangout? Here's what you can attend

Weekend passes are now sold out, but White Water hopes to have a few tickets available at the door each night. Even if you aren't able to snag a last-minute ticket, there are free and walk-up friendly events on Saturday and Sunday.

New live EP from Fayetteville folk wonder Jude Brothers

Fayetteville folk wonder Jude Brothers has dropped a new EP, "looking for water / finding home!," which bundles four live songs all performed with the harp as accompaniment.

Trade donations for late fee forgiveness with CALS' Food for Fines program

For every non-perishable food item or personal hygiene product donated during the week of Dec. 10-16, CALS will knock a dollar off any late fees you've accrued, up to $25.

'Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)' at The Weekend Theater

Stuffed with an abundance of recognizable characters, narratives and songs, the play is a reckless mashup of all things Christmassy, performed by just three actors in a revolving door of costumes, as if the goal is to court chaos.

Gerard Matthews' new documentary 'Present Tense' screens at Ron Robinson Theater Thursday

The film, which is available for streaming beginning Friday, Dec. 1, tells the story of Oxford, Mississippi, musician Andrew Bryant (of the band Water Liars) and the making of his album "Prodigal."

Jen Fawkes' fabulist, Civil War-era debut novel is available for pre-order

The publisher describes the book as "an epic novel about Civil War-era Nashville’s 'public women,' a secret society spanning millennia, and the earth-shaking power of the female." And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
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Hogg's Meat Market remains open after car drove into the restaurant on Friday

A vehicle crashed through one of the front windows at Hogg's Meat Market in North Little Rock on Friday afternoon.

Big Bad Breakfast's new downtown spot is not bad at all

The new downtown location with midcentury vibes and one of the best eggs Benedict dishes we've ever had feels like the perfect addition to Main Street.

The Mighty Rib’s Cornucopia: November Edition

The Mighty Rib's November edition of Cornucopia features a list of his Top 25 sandwiches in Central Arkansas, as well as trips to Gold Bowl for duck ramen, the Loaded Lox Everything Bagel sandwich from The Bagel Shop and some great news for the Little Rock breakfast taco scene.

Plenty to go nuts about at this weekend's Arkansas Pecan Festival

The city of Keo will be hosting its second consecutive Arkansas Pecan Festival Saturday, Dec. 2 from from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The event will feature a "Pie Ride" for cyclists, live music, a pecan pie contest, several artisanal vendors and food trucks, Santa Claus, a toy drive, a classic car show and Keodore, the city's squirrel mascot.

Robot barista serving coffee at the Northwest Arkansas Airport

Travelers and guests at XNA who need a little pick me up this holiday season can grab a cup of Onyx coffee at a new kiosk called Bionics By Onyx.

Draft + Table opened Tuesday in Argenta

Draft + Table, the new upscale restaurant taking the place of the former Cregeen's Irish Pub in North Little Rock, opened today at 301 Main St. in Argenta.

Thanksgiving: Arkansas style (with recipes)

Over my many years of research and partaking of the traditional meal with my family both related and chosen, I've discovered some dishes that are particularly Arkansawyer in nature. For those of you who'd like to consider adding one or more of them to your holiday havings, here are some recipes for the taking.

Damgoode Pies ends its run in Central Arkansas, closing Cantrell store on Wednesday

Just three weeks after Damgoode Pies announced that it was closing its original Hillcrest location on Kavanaugh Boulevard, owner Jeff Trine announced that it will close its final Central Arkansas store this week.

Van plows into fence outside Rock Town Distillery on South Main

"The smoke was unbelievable," Rock Town Distillery's owner Phil Brandon said in an interview with KARK, Channel 4. "You'd think it was an explosion. ... We were all just dumbfounded that this would happen."

Korean fried chicken franchise with karaoke rooms coming to WLR's Bowman Road

Korean fried chicken franchise "bb.q Chicken" is opening its first Arkansas outlet in Little Rock at 101 S. Bowman Road in the former David's Burgers.
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