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Little Rock's massive effort to feed kids amid the pandemic

Thanks to World Central Kitchen, the Clinton Foundation, the Little Rock School District and a broad coalition of local players, all Little Rock kids have access to free food on a daily basis.

A field guide to the birders

Birders are better than books at helping you find the birds. Almost all are enthusiastic about sharing their passion with new avian aficionados, and their fine-tuning is essential to accurate identification.

Diary of a DJ: How Craig O'Neill went from being Little Rock's class clown to its Mister Rogers

Craig O'Neill's 50-year career in broadcasting is no joke.

Best Restaurants in Arkansas 2020

Our annual Readers Choice issue that celebrates the best in food in Arkansas is not a beauty contest. Good dining is about substance as well as ambiance. Kitchens are beehive-busy with battle plans, where great creativity meets vigorous chopping and stirring and strategic use of the stove.

The past and future of Hall High School

Once a school of choice, now in the crosshairs of the State Board of Education, Little Rock Hall prepares to hit the reset button.
Picture of Doe's Eat Place in Little Rock

Hot tamales and Clinton mania: an oral history of Little Rock's Doe's Eat Place

This is the story of how the Little Rock landmark came to be and how it persists as told by staff, friends and customers.

Outlaw nation: Professional bull riding's new rockstar is from Hamburg, Arkansas

When Chase Outlaw (that’s really his name) goes into the bucking chute now, the announcers broadcast the story of his infamous comeback across the arena, and an X-ray of his mutilated face flashes on every screen, projecting an image of his eye socket looking like a chewed up piece of tobacco.

David Rose: Dope Diary

Like most senior citizens, I have one or two conditions that would qualify me for a medical marijuana card. So, when a dispensary opened in a nearby town there was no reason not to give it a try.

Straight outta Westark: Rudy Ray Moore

‘Ghetto expressionist’ Rudy Ray Moore hustled and cursed his way to underground fame — and above-ground cultural influence.
Picture of men at a bar at Coletta's Italian restaurant, an Elvis favorite in Memphis.

A music lover's guide to Memphis

Set the radio dial to WEVL-FM, 89.9, Memphis' all-volunteer local radio station. We’re about to drive you to the spots in the town that gave birth to rock ’n’ roll and is full of soul.

Feeding strangers on the Pig Trail: Martin Philip's "Baker Maker Roadshow"

How Martin Philip left Fayetteville for a career in opera, ended up head baker at King Arthur Flour instead, and returned home with a bike full of biscuits.
Several thousand LRSD supporters gathered at Central High School on Oct. 9 to protest the state’s treatment of the school district.

The second Little Rock crisis

The city braces for a teachers strike and indefinite state control of the school district.

45 years of the Arkansas Times

High school alums celebrate their 45th class anniversaries with reunions, why not us? We’re celebrating our sapphire year by looking outward, rather than inward, with stories that reflect the times. Here’s the way we were (the most popular song of 1974, by the way), the way we went and the way we are now, year by year.

Remembering 'Smilin' ' Bob Lewis

James Robert Lewis — better known to his peers and fans as “Smilin’ Bob” — was born in Paris, Arkansas, and died at his home in Van Buren. Those facts, taken alone, might give the impression that Lewis lived only one life. If half of the stories people tell about him are true, though, Lewis lived several lives in succession, and yet all at once. 

South Asian NWA

Excerpts from oral history interviews with restaurateurs in Northwest Arkansas.

Police ‘drug recognition experts’ must decide how high is too high

As the medical marijuana industry grows, law enforcement agencies in Arkansas are faced with an unprecedented problem: identifying how much cannabis in a cardholder’s system renders them too impaired to drive. 
Elaine Massacre Memorial diagram

Responses to the Elaine memorial, with an update

The fact that the Elaine Massacre Memorial is being built in Helena-West Helena rather than Elaine has been a point of contention with some residents of Elaine.
picture of Rev. Mary Olson standing in front of the future home of the Elaine Legacy Center

More than memorials in Elaine

In a broken present-day Elaine, locals strategize about economic revival.
Army bringing farmers to town

To Those Known and Unknown: The Elaine Massacre Memorial

September 2019 will be the 100th anniversary of what has come to be known as the Elaine massacre in Eastern Arkansas’s Phillips County. A century ago, white posses and U.S. soldiers shot and killed what may have been hundreds of African Americans, most of them tenant farmers, over a period of four days.

Southern Foodways Alliance holds up Bentonville as model for regional change

Eating, thinking and being daring.

Best of Arkansas 2019

The winners of our annual readers' survey.

The essential guide to Northwest Arkansas

Boudoir photos for all bodies

Amber Lane Roberts got her first camera when she was 7 years old and began shooting professionally at age 23, in 2009. Roberts says she’s shot “everything” — football games, events at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, weddings, families and newborns — but boudoir photography “always came the easiest” for her.

2019 Best of Arkansas editors' picks

Best homemade breakfast treats, place to entertain out of town guests from a dry county, reason to listen to commercial rock radio and more.
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