19 Jul

Make Food, Not War

One of Israel’s Native Sons Spreads the Joy of Cooking by Josh Williams photography by Amanda Shelley Ledbetter Israel has been the center of religious turmoil and social conflict for eons. The battle between the Palestinians and the Israelis has caused a great divide between many, many people, not only in the Middle East, but all […]

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19 Jul

100 Miles,100 Years

The National Park Service Celebrates its Centennial Anniversary Through Activity by Josh Williams 2016 marks the 100th anniversary  of the National Park Service. Arkansas, in particular, is doing something special this year to celebrate this milestone and to encourage people to live healthy, active lifestyles. Let’s face it, we aren’t gettin’ any younger. The national […]

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19 Jul

It’s Not a Race

There’s Nothing Wrong with a Little Friendly Ride in Little Rock by Josh Williams photo courtesy of Gran Fondo The biggest misconception about the Little Rock Gran Fondo is that it’s a competition. Now, granted, when most people hear the words “bike” and “street” in the same sentence they usually assimilate that information and their […]

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19 Jul

A Date with History

Since the recession of 2008, the economy has been on the mend in most places. Hot Springs had been on the back end of job growth and new business, until recently. There has been a slew of new capital enter the town. Some gains in certain areas aren’t as large as people would like to […]

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29 Jan

Metro Partnership

The Renaissance of Downtown Hot Springs by Josh Williams photography by Amanda Shelley Ledbetter   Tuesday.  9:15 am.  Hot Springs, Arkansas.  A person is walking to their favorite coffee shop and hair salon because of the rebuilt, usable, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks that line the streets.  A person confined to a wheelchair is now able to enter […]

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29 Jan

Eyes to the Sky

Waterfowl Hunting is Here and Arkansas Could Not Be Happier by Mike Brooks “When you have shot one bird flying you have shot all birds flying.  They are all different and they fly in different ways but the sensation is the same and the last one is as good as the first.”  – Ernest Hemingway Although deer hunting, […]

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29 Jan

Beer Thirty

There is Something Brewing in the Ouachitas by Josh Williams photography by Chris Brashers & Amanda Shelley Ledbetter Drinking beer at 10:30 in the morning usually isn’t a great idea, especially if you have something important to do like go to work or appear in court.  Unless you work for a magazine that is doing a […]

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29 Jan

Wandering Winter

Staying Active with Family Activities in the Ouachita Cold by Josh Williams and Marisa Rodgers The Ouachita region is expected to receive three to four inches above normal snowfall this winter. And the average mean temperature for the region is supposed to be down a degree or two.  That’s cold.  Although it was a slow […]

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29 Jan

In the Beginning

Oaklawn Jockey Club Sets the Bar in the Thoroughbred World by Josh Williams photography courtesy of Chris Emigh It’s mid-January. It’s opening day at Oaklawn Jockey Club (OJC). One’s breath is visible while standing trackside. A mass of people are bundled up with jackets and gloves, clutching tickets in their hands that say $2 WIN—Number […]

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29 Jan

Early Spa Gaming

Gambling Comes to Hot Springs:  City Coffers Explode.  Economy Never Better. by Mike Brooks photography courtesy of the Garland County Historical Society At one point in its history, Hot Springs welcomed any and all gambling.  The attraction of it and the healing thermal waters of the hot springs is what earned the city of Hot […]

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