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FALL 2018


Full of Light and Color

Gathright Home Tour

Love, laughter and animals galore

Mound City Planting Co. A bucolic world near the city

Artist Holly Tilley Taking us to a happy place

The Polar Freeze 60 years with Ole Jack

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The kids are back in school and temperatures are slowly falling. It’s harvest time in Northeast Arkansas. At First Commercial Bank, we know how exciting this time of year is for all of us. So many rich traditions take off with harvest, be it rice or cotton or even a hay field. We’ll soon be watching our children play high school football and getting ready for trick-or-treaters. Before you know it the family will be coming home for Thanksgiving and it will be time to buy our Christmas presents. Along the way, our lives are enriched through these traditions and a sense of community grows that we enjoy with our customers. Our five locations are run by folks who call you by name and know your family. We like to think of ourselves as “an old fashioned bank,” but are proud to offer modern conveniences. If you’re looking for a more personal banking experience, stop in today and let us talk to you about your needs.

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I’ll be seeing you A heartfelt farewell


t’s time for me to say farewell. For nine years I have found great joy in bringing you the stories of the Delta, and as I think back through the hundreds of amazing places I’ve visited and the many incredible people I have come to know, I feel profound gratitude for the opportunity. Many of you know that Ron and I started Delta Crossroads when we were still involved in our newspaper work in Northeast Arkansas. When we chose the name and launched our first issue, I never dreamed what it would come to mean to me. Thank you for embracing our efforts and joining us on this wonderful journey. We have found that the road is calling us, so we are ready to move into the next phase of our lives — full retirement. It’s exciting but a little scary, so please say a little prayer for us. I will miss this terribly. A new editor soon will be named and the stories will continue to come to you through the pages of this magazine. It’s my baby, so please continue to nurture and love this product, which follows the people and events of one of the most uniquely wonderful places on earth. This issue gave us the opportunity to meet Charlie and Emily Lowrance and their French bulldog Clair. What an incredible thing they are doing at Mound City, near Marion in Crittenden County! You will enjoy reading about their restoration of sharecropper houses and an old commissary building on a farm just minutes from downtown Memphis. When you read about the life and adventures of Jack Allison in Walnut Ridge, you might just find a new lease on life and end up with the same sparkle in your eyes that Jack has kept in his through 60 years of operating The Polar Freeze, a Walnut Ridge tradition. When writer Revis Blaylock and I pulled up at the beautiful farm home of Dennis and Jennifer Gathright near Monette and heard the bleating of a tiny goat and the braying of donkeys, we knew we were in for a special treat. The warmth, energy and kindness of this couple is remarkable and you will love the story of their large blended family. First time contributor Evin Demirel brings a fascinating story about African-American baseball teams of the Delta in the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s and a culture, worlds apart from

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the white plantations, where gambling and drinking at Delta juke joints provided a chance to let off steam and enjoy the music of artists like Sonny Boy Williamson and B.B. King. His story is well-researched and beautifully written — and one of my all-time favorites. Speaking of the late B.B. King — he was one of many world-renowned blues artists featured over the years at the internationally-known King Biscuit Blues Festival, which draws huge crowds to downtown Helena. Ron writes in this issue about the 33rd annual festival, coming up Oct. 3-6, and the King Biscuit Time radio show which inspired its start all those years ago. We also share the story and incredible work of Little Rock artist Holly Tilley, whose colorful canvases first captured our interest on a visit to the Delta Visual Arts Show in Newport. Holly’s widely diverse work is making her art increasingly captivating, and her passion shows in each exceptional piece. Internationally-known representational abstract artist Brenda Wiseman invited us to her Memphis home to photograph stunningly beautiful sacred beads she is creating alongside her studio partner Elizabeth Farrar. Many are drawn to the deeply-meaningful symbols and beads, gathered by the women from sources all over the world, and you will enjoy reading about the many ways people are using them. Talya Tate Boerner brings us wonderful reviews of the movie Won’t You Be My Neighbor, a documentary chronicling the life of TV’s Mr. Rogers, and of the charming book, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper. Stephen Koch’s always-wonderful “Arkansongs” features Pine Bluff native J. Mayo “Ink” Williams, master gardener Ralph Seay gives us valuable advice on how to get rid of aphids on beautiful hibiscus plants, and veterinarian Norette Underwood gives excellent tips on how to choose a pet. We hope you enjoy every page of this issue. Goodbye, my friends. As the old song goes, I’ll be seeing you in all the old familiar places that this heart of mine embraces.

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Full of Light and Color

Gathright Home Tour

Love, laughter and animals galore

Mound City Planting Co. A bucolic world near the city

Artist Holly Tilley Taking us to a happy place

The Polar Freeze 60 years with Old Jack

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Talya Boerner, Stephen Koch, Ralph Seay, Revis Blaylock, Julia Case, Evin Demirel Norette Underwood, Ron Kemp Contributing Writers

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Arkansongs by Stephen Koch Movie Review: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Book Review: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper The Garden Spot with Ralph Seay Pet Talk by Dr. Norette L. Underwood

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A Country Home Tour

Gathright family includes donkeys, goats, dogs and lots of people


After Hours & Semi-Pro

Beginning in the 1930s, African-American baseball leagues created entertainment and community throughout the South

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Sacred Symbols

Brenda Wiseman and Elizabeth Farrar of Memphis seek out unique beads from across the world to create deeply meaningful treasures 12|Fall 2018


Mound City Planting Co.

With great care, Charlie and Emily Lowrance bring an historic Mound City farm back to life as a unique venue and distinctive lodging


Where Biscuit is King

The 33rd annual King Biscuit Blues Festival will again attract blues fans from all over the world


Painter Holly Tilley

With amazing diversity, this Little Rock artist captures her favorite subjects with use of light and color


Walnut Ridge’s Polar Freeze

Jack Allison, owner of the local food favorite, keeps customers coming back for more

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The Gathrights: Every moment together

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he beautiful country home of Dennis and Jennifer Gathright is ablaze with vibrant fall color which reflects the warmth of an extraordinary family, for years at the heart of community life in Monette, Arkansas. Warm, friendly smiles greet visitors to the home, which the Gathrights say is always open to family and friends. The home is the hub for birthdays, holidays, and all sorts of other family gatherings, of which there are many. “Nothing brings us more joy than to have all of our family gathered at our home eating, laughing, taking pictures and making memories,” Jennifer said. “Every moment we spend together is very special to us. We bring both sides of our family together when we celebrate holidays and birthdays, making one large family gathering. It is not ‘his side’ one day and ‘her side’ another — we are all together, one big family.” Dennis was born and raised in Monette, where he has farmed for 43 years. He is passionate about his work and now farms 4,200 acres with his son, Justin. Jennifer grew up in St. Louis but frequently visited family in Monette and Leachville. She may have been raised in the city, but she loves living in the country. She has worked for 26 years at the same location in Monette (currently Centennial Bank), where she is a loan assistant. She loves her customers and says that, through the years, they have become as close as family.

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Dennis and Jennifer married 17 years ago, and their beautiful blended family has continued to grow since that time. “We had a grandchild almost every year the first few years we were married,� Jennifer laughed. Their children are: Justin and his wife, Leah, who have three children and live in Monette; daughter Amanda Gathright, the mother of two, who lives in Olive Branch, Miss., where she is a design consultant for a carpet and flooring company; Megan Blankenship, also the mother of two, who is married to Justin and lives in Batesville, where she teaches kindergarten, and Rachel Goldammer, who lives in Jonesboro, where she graduated in May from Arkansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts (with an emphasis in painting and drawing) and also recently completed the program at Arkansas Dental Assistants Academy. Rachel now works for Arkansas Dentures and Implants in Jonesboro.

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Grandchildren include: Jace Lee, 19; Madalyn Gathright, 15; Gracelyn Blankenship, 14; Presley Gathright, 13; Graham Blankenship, 11; Makayla Gathright, 10, and Chandler Gathright, 9. When they first married, the Gathrights lived across town, but they were excited when they got the opportunity to purchase their current home two years ago. One must think it was meant to be since the couple purchased the 120 acres of farmland surrounding the house about nine years ago. They now are settled and happy in the three-story abode, which includes 5,655 square feet of living space and 6,855 square feet under the roof. Dennis enjoys looking out at his fields watching the crops grow. The home was built about 20 years ago, and both Dennis and Jennifer loved it, as well as the former owners, long before they ever dreamed it would be theirs. After the purchase, they did some remodeling to meet their needs. One of the home’s six bedrooms now is used as an office, and a large covered patio with wrap-around brick steps was added at the back of the house off the sunroom. A two-story shop/garage which matches the home recently was completed. The home’s expansive front yard leads to a full porch which stretches across the front of the house. With a bench, rocking chair and matching swings at each end, the porch is a welcome respite. The entryway opens to the living room, formal dining room, cheerful kitchen and the large family room, and the downstairs also includes the beautiful master suite. Other bedrooms are on the second floor, and the unfinished third story is used for storage. Jennifer enjoys decorating and has used her skills to make each bedroom unique. She says she doesn’t have a favorite room, but loves the variety of the upstairs bedrooms. Each is a little different and has its own theme, featuring beautiful antiques she has found. Searching for old treasures is a passion Jennifer has enjoyed since she was a little girl. “I loved being out with my mother and sister on Saturdays visiting some of our favorite antique stores,” she said.

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She has passed her love for antiques (as well as the joy of the search) to her daughter, Rachel, and her niece, Molly, and says some of her favorite days include spending time with her mother and daughter on antique hunts. Jennifer especially loves learning about the history of her treasures and says each of her antique pieces has a story of its own. A stunning wooden cross in the sunroom has an especially meaningful story. Friend Tommy Swetnam of Monette brought Jennifer some wood which he knew would hold special significance to her since it came from the home of her great-grandparents.

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Jennifer was thrilled and asked friend Wayne Fletcher, who had built their previous home, if he could make a cross from the wood. The cross now is one of her favorite pieces, and, happily, there was enough wood for Fletcher to make five more crosses for other family members. “There was one piece of wood left over, and Wayne used it to make a sign for our large doghouse,” Dennis said. The sign had been carved by Fletcher with the words, “You Lucky Dog.” Jennifer also enjoys gardening, landscaping, decorating for all occasions, and collecting Hummel figurines and other vintage porcelain and glass pieces which grace the home. She creates her own flowerpots each spring, filling the porches and patio with bright color. She is passionate about family history and spends hours, especially during the winter months, doing genealogy research and gathering old family photographs. She currently has more than 150 old family photos, going back generations, and more than 100 of the images have been framed and placed throughout the home. One of the upstairs bedrooms features a full wall of photographs — one side of her family and the other of Dennis’s family. “I have gone back as far as the 1200s on my father’s side of the family,” she said. “I owe a lot to It is amazing how much I have found on the site.” Fall 2018|


The Gathright family also includes a number of farm animals which are very much a part of Dennis and Jennifer’s daily lives. “Since we own the 120 acres next to our home, we have added a couple of barns and several animals to our farm. We both love taking care of our five donkeys and five goats,” Jennifer said. All have names and enjoy being petted — or, in some cases, cuddling with their owners, who find great joy in their interaction. Clara, a Mediterranean donkey, was purchased at two months old when she was about the size of a dog, and Dennis laughs that when Jennifer was petting her, Clara actually tried to climb into Jennifer’s lap. Now grown, Clara still comes running when Jennifer calls. Clara later was joined by Jenny and sisters Gertie, Mabel and Dolly, all with their own personality. The goats, including twins Snappy and Sweetpea, sisters Laverne and Shirley, and Laverne’s 10-week-old son, Squiggy, offer a lot of entertainment. It’s hard to resist Squiggy’s adorable face and tiny bleat, and Jennifer admits she may have taken him into the house a time or two. She loves to snuggle him, and Squiggy is happy to reciprocate. The Gathrights also have dogs and cats, all which receive lots of love and attention. “If we don’t answer a phone call or we are not in the house, we can usually be found in the pasture or in one of the barns with the animals,” Jennifer said. “We have plans to add additional animals in the future.” The Gathrights love to stay busy, and both rarely sit down when they come home after a day of work.

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Jennifer loves decorating the house for all of the holidays but says she especially enjoys preparing the house for fall and Christmas. Throughout the autumn months, almost every corner of the home is brightened by colorful fall leaves, pumpkins, mums, gourds and stalks of cotton or corn. But when Thanksgiving is over, the autumn decorations are put away and Jennifer goes into high gear to get the house ready for Christmas. Each year she decorates seven full-size Christmas trees, including a special silver foil tree from the 1950s which belonged to her grandmother. “She was still using the tree when I was little,” Jennifer said. “It may have been the only artificial tree she and my grandfather owned. I can still see it in their living room.” Another of her favorites is the “family tree.” “It has ornaments from my childhood, handmade ornaments our daughter Rachel created when she was little, as well as some from my nieces and others our grandchildren made while they were visiting at our house,” she said. “It holds so many memories, I couldn’t begin to list them all.” Several smaller decorated trees bring Christmas cheer to areas throughout the home and adorn tabletops and the two fireplaces. Cooking also can be added to the list of Jennifer’s hobbies. She loves trying new dishes for the holidays but holds on to her standby dishes and family favorites for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. From spring to fall, Dennis’s favorite hobby is dirt car racing, especially modified cars. The Gathrights have owned two cars, and while Dennis drove the first car himself, they have a driver for the second. Dennis still enjoys being in the pit during the race. He also enjoys hunting on property the family owns near Hardy and says one of his fondest memories is teaching his oldest grandson how to hunt and appreciate nature when the boy was young. The Gathrights both enjoy traveling and love spending time with their children and grandchildren. For years they traveled to a different state during spring break week, with the trip built around Dennis taking part in a Richard Petty’s Driving Experience event. They enjoy mini vacations and especially like to visit Nashville, Eureka Springs and Branson. Some of their time is centered around visiting cemeteries looking for gravesites of ancestors, and Jennifer always has an eye open for antiques. Returning to their country home always brings the greatest joy, however. Dennis serves as president of the Monette Co-op and is a member of the Monette Masonic Lodge. Jennifer is treasurer of the local school’s Mustang Club (boosters) and is treasurer of the First Baptist Church of Monette, where they are members. She also helps with the Cubbies, which is part of the church’s Awana program.

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Dennis and Jennifer Gathright have homemade grape jam from vines on the property.

“We love our home,” Jennifer said. “When I get off work, I can’t wait to get home to our pets, inside and outside. Dennis feels the same way. There are houses and there are homes and ours is truly a home. “We knew the former owners and were close to them. They loved this house, also. We want to keep that love going and fill it up with family and memories as much as we can.” While there have been a few changes, the Gathrights are working to preserve grapevines which have grown on the property for decades. “Dennis has worked hard to bring them back to a thriving state” Jennifer said. “The history of the grapevines goes back to the Alexanders, parents of the land’s original owners. “We are not sure when the grapevines on our property were planted, but we know the original grapevines go back about 100 years.” Jennifer and Rachel made their first batch of homemade grape jam this year. “It turned out wonderful and I am sure there will be plenty more made in years to come,” Jennifer said.

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It’s Another Song of Arkansas:

By Stephen Koch

J. Mayo Williams


rkansawyer J. Mayo “Ink” Williams was a ground-breaking music producer, label owner and songwriter who played a major hand in shaping the sound of American popular music, especially blues and jazz. Williams was born in Pine Bluff in Jefferson County on September 25, 1894. The family left Arkansas for Illinois when Williams was still a boy following the murder of his father. Williams served in the Army during World War I. In addition to his musical work, Williams also broke ground in the world of sports, being one of a handful of black footballers allowed to play in the nascent National Football League in the early 1920s. But his passion for music won out. Williams secured the plum job of managing the Chicago branch of Paramount’s new “Race Records” division in the early 1920s by slightly elevating his musical experience, as he later admitted. However Williams may have gotten the job, Paramount’s catalog of the era is considered legendary by collectors and enthusiasts. Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, and Blind Lemon Jefferson are among the quintessential American artists Williams brought to the Paramount label, which was founded in the late teens by the Wisconsin Chair Company — which got into the record business simply because they made cabinets for record players.

Equally important was Williams’s work with Paramount blues artists Ma Rainey, Trixie Smith, Ida Cox and Mamie Smith, who were part of the female-led, mostly piano-driven initial blues explosion of popularity in the

1920s. Mamie Smith, in fact, became the label’s best-selling artist. The Jefferson County native launched his own Black Patti label in 1927, ranking it as one of the first black-owned record labels in the segregated United States. Although it didn’t last long, Black Patti issued 55 recordings, and again marked Williams as a major player in his field. Williams then went to Brunswick’s Vocalion Records, once again securing and shepherding talent through the recording process.

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In the mid-1930s, Williams began his long affiliation with Decca Records, one of the major international record labels, which later became part of MCA-Universal. Williams handled Decca’s so-named “Race Records” division as he did for previous labels, although soon, the category would be renamed “Rhythm and Blues.” At Decca, Williams produced such Arkansas-connected artists as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Roosevelt Sykes, Peetie Wheatstraw and Louis Jordan, the father of R&B. In fact, Williams is the connective tissue between Brinkley native Louis Jordan and his Tympani Five and the Harlem Hamfats — the two main groups credited with creating an early pre-R&B, pre-rock ‘n’ roll sound that would musically define the next half-century. Williams was in the studio with both in the 1930s and 1940s. During more than a decade at Decca, WIlliams also worked with such American musical legends as Alberta Hunter, Sleepy John Estes, Trixie Smith, Monette Moore, Bumble Bee Slim, and noted gospel singers Mahalia Jackson and Marie Knight, truly shaping the soundtrack to American life. The Pine Bluff native’s songwriting credits include the classic “Drinkin Wine Spo-De-ODee” and “Corrina, Corrina,” Count Basie’s “Rusty Dusty Blues” and Louis Jordan’s “Mop Mop.” After leaving Decca in the late 1940s, Williams even produced Muddy Waters’s little-known first commercial recordings for Columbia Records — although it was a rare moment when Williams was unable to capitalize on an artist with enormous sales potential. Leaving Columbia, Williams launched a series of his own small, shortlived labels — Chicago Records, Southern Records, and Ebony Records. Williams re-launched his own Ebony Records in the early 1950s, and this time the label lasted nearly 20 years. On Ebony, Williams recorded such blues artists as Hammie Nixon and Lil Armstrong (Louis Armstrong’s second wife and frequent collaborator). Oh — how did J. Mayo Williams get the nickname “Ink”? He always got you to sign the contract. A ground-breaking if little-known name with enormous influence on American music, Pine Bluff’s J. Mayo Williams died January 2, 1980. Arkansas Delta native Stephen Koch is an author and host of “Arkansongs,” a syndicated radio program celebrating 20 years on the air in 2018. Visit the “Arkansongs” Facebook page for more details.

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Just west of the Mississippi, farmhouse rentals at Mound City have taken off through the Airbnb program.

t’s hard to fathom that one is less than 10 minutes from downtown Memphis when experiencing the agrarian peace and beauty of Mound City Planting Co., at the base of the Mississippi River levee near Marion. The closest working farm to the downtown area, it was purchased in 2012 by well-known Arkansas planter and ginner Charlie Lowrance. Lowrance’s family had a long-term agricultural presence in Driver (Mississippi County) and, as a young man, he passed by Mound City on trips to Memphis. “I traveled through the area when I was young and always thought it was a very beautiful farm and property,” Lowrance said. “Of course, I had no idea at the time that I ever would have the opportunity to own this land.” Lowrance sold the original family farming operation in Driver, as well as cotton ginning interests, and ultimately was able to acquire the Mound City property. “The timing was perfect,” he said, noting the farm had changed hands a couple of times after being owned for more than a hundred years by the May family. Lowrance and his wife, Emily, have seized the opportunity and are developing Mound City Planting Co. into an operation that is exciting for area residents, as well as travelers literally from around the world. The Lowrances have six rental properties, including four original sharecropper houses, available through the Airbnb program. Additionally, they are nearing completion on another house that has been fashioned out of two shipping containers, as well as two more that were built in Osceola by Little Custom Homes (owned by Lowrance’s nephew Bill Joe Denton) and transported to Mound City. To round out the dynamic operation, the Lowrances also have transformed the farm’s historic commissary headquarters into a meeting and event center that is drawing widespread interest. The building’s warm and historic style and its location along a peaceful farm road near a huge hackberry tree create an ambience that already has been enjoyed by many visitors seeking a unique setting for their events.

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The commissary, constructed in 1902, was featured in the 1989 film “Great Balls of Fire,” the biography of Jerry Lee Lewis. Emily said the commissary has been the site of engagement parties, wedding receptions, luncheon meetings, a wine-tasting event, a crawfish boil and numerous other gatherings. The Lowrances believe the commissary will prove to be the perfect venue for corporate meetings and agricultural-related events. They already have a program planned in which an Arkansas State University history professor, Dr. Louis Intres, will speak on the explosion and sinking of the Civil War steamboat, the Sultana, on the Mississippi River near Mound City. The Lowrances recently purchased church pews which can be used to seat about 100 people for larger events such as weddings. “We are really excited about all the potential uses for the commissary building and the grounds as we move into the future,” Emily said. She and her husband have worked hard to renovate the structure while retaining its original features to help represent what life was like in the Mound City area at the onset of the 20th Century. A major part of the project was jacking up the floor some 18 inches, leveling it and repairing and restoring the original pine planks. “The appearance of the building really popped when we finished the floor,” Lowrance said. The interior walls have been repaired, but the Lowrances have been careful to retain the original feeling of the structure both inside and out. Period artwork, maps and posters on the walls lead to an authentic atmosphere. The only addition to the structure is a modern restroom area inconspicuously located on the back side of the building. A small stage area was installed beneath the lighted hackberry tree and is used for occasional weekend music presentations. Adding to the dramatic setting, the commissary is located right beside one of the original Native American mounds for which the area is named. It is a well-preserved feature of the Mississippian Culture which flourished in Eastern Arkansas for hundreds of years. The first encounter with the Native Americans by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto occurred near the Mound City site in 1541. Lowrance said there were several mounds located near the commissary area, but sadly all but one were destroyed over a long period of time. He frequently discovers numerous Native American artifacts in his travels over the farm.

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And in this corner, weighing in at 76 pounds — not Clair or son Charlie The other dramatic tie to history was indeed the sinking of the Sultana on April 27, 1865. With the official death toll set at 1,547, it is the largest maritime disaster in United States history. The steamboat was transporting almost 2,000 paroled Union prisoners who had boarded the ship in Vicksburg, Miss. In the middle of the night, while struggling against the current on a flooding Mississippi River, a huge boiler explosion occurred. The boat quickly sank, leading to hundreds of passengers fighting for their lives in the cold and swift river. The enormity of the tragedy was somewhat overlooked because of a huge national event the day before — the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The remnants of the Sultana are under dry farmland just northeast of Mound City, as the river has changed its course numerous times since the tragedy. The current channel lies about two miles east of the site. A museum dedicated to the Sultana tragedy is located in nearby Marion. Mound City was the landing spot for ferries coming across the river from Memphis, and the community began to develop in the 1850s with several thriving stores. It eventually was one of the largest riverside towns along the Arkansas side of the Mississippi, however Union troops burned several structures in the town in 1863.

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Lowrance is proud of the farm’s development of an heirloom white corn variety that is stone-ground into grits and cornmeal for use in upscale restaurants in Memphis and parts of Arkansas. Presently, it is marketed under the Hanna Farms label, but soon it will be Mound City brand. Lowrance said the renting of the sharecropper houses has really picked up since the couple associated with an Airbnb program that, in essence, has the world as its market. “It has really opened things up for us,” Lowrance said. He noted the visitors generally fall into two categories – those “passing through” the area or others staying for several days in the greater Memphis area. Emily said it has been fascinating seeing the varied interests and backgrounds of the farm’s many different visitors. A woman who was a native of the Ukraine especially enjoyed picking and preparing vegetables from the garden with her husband and children. The houses have fully-equipped kitchens and feature air conditioning, city water, cable television and wi-fi. The property is dog-friendly for visitors, according to the Lowrances, who are dog lovers themselves and often are accompanied by their French bulldog, Clair.

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Lowrance said the area is on relatively high ground and not subject to flooding. Of course, the construction of bridges over the Mississippi and the absence of a need for ferries proved to be a key to the passing of Mound City as an important community. The commissary is indeed the heart of the “new” Mound City, and activities will revolve around it in the future. Nearby is a new vineyard that Lowrance is developing, along with part of a garden area maintained by the couple. Guests staying in the renovated houses are invited to harvest produce from the garden for their own use. These include peas, kale, turnip greens, cucumbers, squash and other vegetables. A corn maze on the property attracts area visitors in the fall.

Lowrance said it has been fulfilling to rescue and restore the old cypress lumber structures. He noted there were many similar houses in the area where he grew up in Mississippi County and most of them are gone today. “People are really appreciative that someone has come along and preserved this part of the history of this area,” he said. “A lot of people have personally shared those thoughts with me. It is very satisfying to be able to preserve something that was on the way to being lost forever.

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Farmhouse living room “Hopefully, we will be able to continue with this effort, and expand on it, for a long time into the future.” Lowrance also is proud of the working farm operation. “I just thought all along it would be spectacular to have a farm such as this so close to Memphis.” On 1,500 acres he grows corn, rice, soybeans and wheat, along with pumpkins and gourds. The land has been leveled and the thriving crops are indeed magnificent to see on property just a stone’s throw (but a world away) from the bustling nearby metropolis. The farm has been in continuous production since the early 1800s, Lowrance said. An interesting aspect of the farm operation is the historic wooden headquarters building located near the sharecropper houses. Lowrance noted buildings of its type were common in earlier days, but have given way to metal structures on most working farms. He plans ultimately to develop the structure in a unique way, but currently has not settled on a plan or theme. The adjacent “container” house features wooden outside walls that tie in architecturally with the headquarters building. In essence, the Lowrances are developing a “total package” for visitors who want to experience a peaceful and relaxing traditional farm atmosphere just minutes from the city, and in that regard it is singularly unique. Mound City Planting Co. has it all – history, tradition, authentic lodging, home-grown produce, event facilities, convenience and gracious hosts. The Lowrances have lived in the Midtown area of Memphis since 2000. Emily remarked how convenient it is to be only some 15 minutes from the farm. She grew up in Blytheville and, like her husband, is a graduate of Ole Miss. She enjoys gardening. His interests are cooking, woodworking, hunting and fishing. They have three children, Caroline, 29, a certified public accountant in Charlottesville, Va.; Charlie, 28, an engineering student at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and Tate, 24, a student at College of Charleston. Caroline is engaged to be married in May.

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The farm can be reached by taking the Mound City Road exit on Interstate 40, the first west of the Mississippi River bridge. Drive north for three miles and the sharecropper houses are on the right. On GPS it shows up as County Road 27, Marion, AR 72364. The farm also is accessible on bicycle through the Big River Parkway Trail, which features a bike-pedestrian bridge over the Mississippi River between Memphis and West Memphis.

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s children, we don’t always understand how our environment affects us. Heck, I’m not sure we understand as adults either. I’ve been thinking about this concept after seeing the documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, released in June. Under the direction of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, Won’t You Be My Neighbor delves into the legacy and impact of television pioneer Fred Rogers. Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood aired on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in February, 1968. My sister and I grew up with him. With a mere four television channels, PBS often provided the only children’s programming during the week. And after school, we needed time in the Land of Make Believe. No matter what school day drama had unfolded during recess or on the bus ride home, Mr. Rogers provided thirty minutes of calm. From the way he zipped his cardigan and laced his blue sneakers to the way he fed his goldfish, Mr. Rogers’s Neighborhood offered something all kids need — a dependable routine. Mr. Rogers believed “what we see and hear on the screen becomes who we are.” The documentary focuses on his commitment to this principle, providing fascinating, behind-the-scenes archival footage of early shows. Interviews with his wife, Joanne, and his two sons, John and James, show layers to the man behind the persona. And really, they were one and the same. Mr. Rogers was a Presbyterian

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minister who graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Having been bullied as a kid, he devoted his life to advocating for children. And he did it in a big way. To get his message out to the world, soft-spoken Mr. Rogers successfully harnessed television, the most powerful medium of the twentieth century. Not only that, as the film documents, he single-handedly saved public television by pouring out his heart to a Senate subcommittee on communications in 1969. As an adult, I watched Won’t You Be My Neighbor though a different lens. I realize now that Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood was much more than a thirty-minute slot to entertain hyped-up school kids before suppertime. Think about it… Sesame Street brought us colorful shows about the alphabet and numbers. Magic School Bus taught science and the human body. Schoolhouse Rock brought civics and grammar into our homes with jaunty tunes forever burned into our

memories. But Mr. Rogers? He taught us life lessons. Each low budget episode brought a carefully curated message. Through songs he wrote and puppets (his voice) and neighborhood guests, Mr. Rogers tackled social issues of the day including segregation, civil rights, Vietnam, the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. In his honest, mild-mannered way, he discussed grief and depression and divorce. Mr. Rogers showed us how to be kind and honest. How to share. He reminded us that everyone is worthy of love. Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood ran on PBS for thirty-three years with the last show airing August 31, 2001. He returned after the September 11 terror attacks to provide a post 9-11 public service message. Mr. Rogers died of stomach cancer in 2003. Now that he’s gone, I can’t help but wonder about the void his absence has left behind. Who advocates for children now? What would Mr. Rogers do if he were still around today? As of August, this quiet, unassuming movie grossed over $20 million, earning it a spot on the list of top-earning bio-documentary films of all time. Already, Oscar buzz surrounds Won’t You Be My Neighbor. Do yourself a favor — go see it. Buy a box of Milk Duds, sit back, and channel your wide-eyed childhood self. You’ll cheer. You may even shed a tear. Won’t You Be My Neighbor provides a poignant dose of nostalgia, a much-needed lesson in kindness, and a sweet reminder that one person can do extraordinary things.

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ith brilliant use of color and light, artist Holly Tilley takes us on a journey to places both familiar and unfamiliar which have captured her imagination — a glorious Delta cotton field, Lake Ouachita under a brooding sky, a vibrant field of sunflowers, lovable cows with eyes that make them immediately endearing, a nighttime scene on the Champs-Élysées in Paris or a peaceful olive grove in Les Bauxde-Provence. Her hope is to inspire others and take them to the place she has been. “It is a happy place, and lucky for me, I get to go ‘there’ every day,” she said. Holly has delighted in art in all its forms since she was a child. “Performing, drawing, painting, music — I love it all,” she said. Sunflower Explosion. 36x48 inches

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Rebekah, 30x40 inches, oil on linen Text by Nancy Kemp Images courtesy of Holly Tilley

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She was forced to take piano lessons as a child but really wanted to dance, so dance she did, earning her undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas. But this Fort Worth, Texas-born girl who grew up and has lived for years in Arkansas (first Hot Springs and the last 30 years in Little Rock) put aside her zeal for art for a time while she built a long career and advertising in marketing and raised two children. “I drew and painted in college, but there was no time for art with my career,” she said. “You can’t get started on something and have to stop.” But the time came when she gave in to her passion, and for the last several years, art has been at the center of her life. Nowadays, Holly often can be found at the Art Group Gallery at the Pleasant Ridge Town Center in west Little Rock, where she not only paints, but also acts as manager of the beautiful space where she and 16 other local artists display and sell their work. “I studio regularly at the gallery, but I have a space at home and I have a travel easel in my car at all times,” she said. Holly is having fun — and it shows in her work, which is becoming more diverse as she pushes herself to continue learning and trying new techniques and a wider range of subjects.

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High Cotton, 12x24 inches “For a long time I was known for my cows — and I love my cows,” she said. “But I don’t want to be pigeonholed.” She recently led an art excursion to southern France, and on a stop at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, she saw an old masters painting she found immediately captivating — Manda Lamétrie, Farm Girl, painted by Alfred Roll in 1887. “I got home and this painting was still haunting me, so with all my inherent interest in agrarian scenes, I decided to stage my own version of her,” she said. “My training partner at the gym looked so much like

Sweet Husband, 24x24 inches

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the old master’s milkmaid they could have been sisters, so I asked her to model. She agreed to dress in a vintage costume, down near the Arkansas River where it was 90-plus degrees with mosquitoes trying to carry us off (what a friend) and be photographed.” Holly has been working on her farm girl night and day since April — and the finished portrait is stunning. “Normally I’m not a portrait painter, but I was so inspired, I had to give her a go.” The piece was her feature painting in the gallery’s French show, which opened Friday, September 7.

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Holly Tilley painting live for Warm Hearts Auction “Working abroad is the most exciting thing I have done so far as an artist,” she said. “The time away, the people, the concentrated learning experience is like no other. I plan small group excursions that are once-in-a lifetime experiences with native speaking guides, top accommodations — and the food — well we don’t have time for all of that!” Holly is intrigued by the process of painting and says she finds inspiration everywhere she looks. She especially enjoys subjects “where the play of light is front and center,” but says every painting is a challenge, a lesson and “always fun to me.” She has worked with a long list of great artists, including American Impressionist Barry Thomas, Arkansas landscape painter Bill Garrison, plein air painters John Lasater and Jason Sacran, and Kentucky painter Dreama Tolle Perry, who creates colorful and joyful oils. She studied in Civita Castellana, Italy, in 2017. “I love studying with others,” she said. “You can continue to learn every day. The power of observation, studying and slowly incorporating things you learn into your own style is one of my favorite things about being an artist.” Holly also enjoys teaching and has a passion for people who want to learn. “I don’t believe painting is only for the ones who were born with talent,” she said. “IF you want to learn, you can. I teach small group lessons every other week, meeting each student at their level.

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Lake Weddington, 12x16 inches “Painting is a process — seeing the subject, settling on your interpretation, selecting and mixing the color and putting it all together. Each painting is a lesson and they are all different. This is another thing about painting that I love so much — the learning curve is endless. The better you become, the more you want to learn.” Holly does a lot of commissioned pieces (including pet portraits), especially during the holidays and for special occasions. She and the other artists in the Art Group Gallery generously donate paintings for a number of local and state charities and often host benefits at the gallery. “Those in my group are very generous with their time,” she said. “They are a really happening group of artists!” A satellite gallery is located at the downtown Little Rock Marriott Hotel. Holly also is a featured artist at Gallery Central in Hot Springs and takes part in private shows, including the Delta Visual Arts

The Olive Grove, 24x30 inches, painted from Les Baux de Provence Show at Newport (now renamed the Delta Arts Festival), previously held each year in late February but now set for June 7-8, 2019. The event is hosted by Newport’s Blue Bridge Center for the Delta Arts. Holly and her husband, Jim, have two children, Christian and Hannah, and a Bichon Frise named Ed. “My favorite child,” she laughed. She also loves Lake Ouachita, traveling, cooking and being with friends and family.

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A poster from one of the Delta juke joints where Howlin’ Wolf played and baseball players let off steam


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n a Sunday in the late 1940s, in a makeshift baseball park in Crittenden County, the crowd is buzzing. Off the field, a young, thin bluesman named B.B. King ascends a wooden platform wearing a blue suit. As his drummer kicks it up, the young prodigy begins wailing on his guitar. The men shooting dice under a tree’s shade stop for a bit to enjoy the show. On the field, Isaiah “Lefty” Harris is creating a heat all his own. The ace pitcher’s throwing cutters and fastballs that leave batters twisting in the air before they smash into the glove of his catcher, Johnny Cole. Hundreds of black fans jammed into the wooden stands roar. The River Bucks are back. The River Bucks were one of many African-American teams which played semi-professional baseball throughout the South in the early to mid 20th century. Almost every Arkansas community had either a black or white baseball team. Many had both. In the more than three decades the team existed, it played communities like Earle, Forrest City, Carlisle, Marked Tree, Crawfordsville, Blackfish Lake and professional teams like the Memphis Blues (of the Negro Southern League) and Memphis’ Brown Derby Bombers.

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Many black communities in the Delta had juke joints with ballfields to host Sunday games. The first River Bucks team emerged by the 1930s as one of a few “plantation teams” in the Delta, says historian Faye Futch, granddaughter of original River Buck U.L. Hinton. They first played on the Smith family-owned pasture land of Birdeye. The first players also came from Coldwater, a community closer to the St. Francis River, which inspired the team name, according to Futch. U.L. Hinton and the first team’s foes included the powerhouse Claybrook Tigers, based in southern Crittenden County. The Tigers won two Negro Southern League titles before folding in 1937. James “Jack” Wynn, a native of the Parkin area, is one of the few men alive who remembers the second-generation River Bucks of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Wynn had a few relatives on the team, including cousin Euren Hinton (U.L. Hinton’s son) and uncle Johnny Cole.

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Life was harder then. While many of the Memphis guys worked in factories, the River Bucks worked as sharecroppers of cotton and soybeans. Some of them sharecropped for the ballpark’s owner.

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Jack Wynn, 82, loved watching the River Bucks

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Wynn attended many of their games in his early teens. He doesn’t know of any River Buck players from this time alive today, but still clearly remembers players like his cousin, uncle, and the three Harris brothers — Isaiah, James and Letroy — who were raised along with three other brothers by their father after their mother died. These River Bucks came from Parkin and Cherry Valley, as well as Birdeye and Coldwater. Most of the men, in their 20s, were World War II veterans looking to pass time. “There wasn’t anything else to do,” Wynn says. “No restaurants, zoos, playgrounds.” There were, of course, juke joints on the east Arkansas section of the “Chitlin’ Circuit,” including many in the the “Bottoms” community in Parkin. B.B. King and Chester “Howlin’ Wolf “ Burnett frequently played blues in these joints. (One especially hopping joint was Babe Mason’s in Twist, just across the St. Francis River. That’s where B.B. King met Fannie Robinson of Coldwater. The two dated and had a son named Leonard King, says Futch.) Still, outdoor, day-time recreations options were in short supply. At some point in the late 1940s the River Bucks also began playing in Julius, just southeast of Crawfordsville. They shared that turf with the Julius Greyhounds, a team made up of many Memphis players, Wynn recalls. The owner of the field was a well-to-do white man — Futch recalls him as “Mr.

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Back row, left to right: Booker Kaywood, Roy Johnson, Delmor Hinton, J.T. Davis, James “Goodlow” Whitover, Booker Bogan, Johnny Cole; bottom row, left to right: Randy Hardy, Marcellus “Boat” Wynn, Levertis Wynn, Robert Veasley, Lefonzo Barton, Corenza Hopkins and Brady Lee Jones. Julius” — who lived in a plantation home near the field and a store. He owned the surrounding crop fields and got at least half the gate brought in by games, as well as a sizable cut of concession sales. Life was harder then. While many of the Memphis guys worked in factories, the River Bucks worked as sharecroppers of cotton and soybeans. Some of them sharecropped for the ballpark’s owner, recalls Wynn, now 82 years old. Weekend afternoons were a time to let off some steam. In the early years “Howlin’ Wolf ”s brother in-law, Sonny Boy Williamson II, performed before and after games in Julius and Crawfordsville. Then B.B. King took his spot. There was gambling, food and drinks aplenty: fried fish, hot dogs, BBQ, Goldcrest 51 beer, corn whiskey, RC Cola and Double Cola. By the 1960s, admission to River Buck games in Birdeye was free. Bootleggers sponsored many of the teams the River Bucks played and got paid through off-the-books revenue from gambling and concessions, according to Lafonza “Lee” Barton, who played for the River Bucks in the early 1960s. The men who owned the fields (and knew local law enforcement) understood what was going on, but they didn’t mind. “As long as we got up on Monday morning and went to work on that farm, the police wouldn’t come,” Barton says. Crowds for the second-generation River Bucks could reach 400 to 500 people, with 60 or 70 of them driving to Julius

from Memphis, but Jack Wynn doesn’t recall things getting out of hand. “Every once in a while someone would get mad, maybe throw a beer bottle, but no guns were fired or anything like that. I can’t remember anybody getting hurt.” For some players, the good times never ended. Isaiah Harris, for instance, started playing for the Negro Leagues’ Memphis Red Sox in 1949. He starred there, too, getting selected to four East-West all-star classics and once pitching two no-hitters in the span of five days against the Kansas City Monarchs. Wynn recalls at some point the Chicago White Sox drafted him, but Harris enjoyed Memphis partying too much to give the majors a shot. “He had fallen in love with Beale Street and didn’t want to go.” A group of children who had watched the River Bucks of the ‘40s and ‘50s grew into teens who helped power the 1960s team. At the forefront of these young players were infielder Lafonza Barton and pitcher Brady Jones. Roy Johnson, then just a child who traveled with the squad, later became the most accomplished River Buck. He would play three seasons for the Montreal Expos and become a home run hitter extraordinaire in the Mexican League. For a few years, the third-generation River Bucks featured white players — the Burroughs brothers and Voyles brothers. Recalling the Burroughs brothers, Barton adds: “They wanted to play for us. They were good ball players.” He added that

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during the team’s day trips the white players didn’t get any razzing from black crowds or opponents or any trouble from white law enforcement. The integration of baseball at all competitive levels throughout the mid 1900s ultimately led to the decline of black baseball nationwide, including in Arkansas. Another major reason: Young black Southerners increasingly left sharecropping to move to nearby cities. That certainly happened with the communities from which the River Bucks drew, says Barton. The team died out by the 1970s. Nowadays, the 71-year-old looks back fondly on his playing years and the older River Buck “heroes” who helped mentor him. With a smile, he thinks of manager/promoter Marcellus “Boat” Wynn, who raised money from local townspeople to buy gloves and balls for the team (the players weren’t paid). He thinks of B.B. King occasionally swooping through to see his young son, Leonard. In the ‘60s, King no longer performed at games, but might drop by to watch some ball and socialize. And Barton thinks of Sunday mornings at his church in the community of Coldwater. After church got out, River Buck veteran Johnny Cole rumbled by in his pickup truck to get Barton, then 13 or 14 years old, and take him to the ballpark. Cole wouldn’t even park the truck, just slow it down enough so that Barton could grab the back of it and hoist himself up, Barton recalls with a chuckle. Then Barton scrambled out of his Sunday church clothes and into his baseball pants and white T-shirt in time for the contest. Just another go-go Sabbath. He says: “We weren’t playing for money, we played for the joy of the game.”


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At Pumpkin Hollow Farm north of Piggott (near St. Francis); featuring a corn maze, the Friendly Forest, zipline, pony rides, Horror in the Hollow (weekends and Halloween Day only) and much more.

Main Street in Jonesboro.

26th Annual Pumpkin Hollow Pumpkin Patch

September 20

Jack Wright’s Tribute to Neil Diamond sponsored by the Greater Blytheville Area Chamber of Commerce, 7 p.m., Ritz Civic Center, 306 West Main Street, Blytheville.

September 22-October 31

14th Annual Fall Festival Peebles Farm in Augusta; featuring corn maze, hayrides, games, food, pumpkin patch and much more.

September 27

9th Annual Westminster Village Health Information Expo 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Ramey Activity Center, 4404 Memorial Drive, Blytheville.

September 28

Kayak and dinner cruise 6 to 9 p.m.. Lake Dunn marina in Village Creek State Park near Wynne; relaxing tour of Lake Dunn with dinner on the shore and stargazing to end the day; limited space; reservations must be made by Sept. 26.

September 28-29

Depot Days Festival On Front Street in Newport; a tribute to the rich musical history of the Rock ‘N Roll Highway; music, food, vendors, crafts, Lions Club auction and children’s activities; free admission.

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10th Annual Downtown Jonesboro BBQ Fest September 29

2nd Annual Hogs on the Square At the Historic Crittenden County Courthouse Square in Marion; tailgate in style and watch the Arkansas-Texas A&M game on a huge screen; kickoff time announced at least two weeks prior to the game.

30th Annual Autumn on the Square Marianna Town Square; food, arts and crafts, live entertainment, games, contests and much more.

October 3-6

33rd Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival Featuring headliners Dave Mason and Steve Cropper, Blackberry Smoke, Bobby Rush and many many other artists filling four days of the world’s best blues music at the Cherry Street Pavilion on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi in Helena.

October 6

Lepanto Terrapin Derby in downtown Lepanto Food, music, arts and crafts, street dance, parade, Terrapin Queen crowning and the world-famous turtle race.

Manila’s 31st Annual Chili Cook-off Dewey Street, near the Manila Depot.

October 9

Second Tuesday event “Make It New: Art Between the World Wars” Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott.

October 11

Cellisimo! A duo of cellists with selections of classical repertoire, sponsored by the Greater Blytheville Area Chamber of Commerce, 7 p.m., Ritz Civic Center, 306 West Main Street, Blytheville.

October 11-12

Homeschool Sawmill Days 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Parkin Archeological State Park Visitor Center; reservations encouraged.

October 12-13

Trumann Wild Duck Festival At the Trumann Sports Complex; food, games, rides, crafts, music and parade.

October 13

Crawfordsville Hometown Festival 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Main Street in Crawfordsville; food, craft vendors, 5K walk/run, children’s play area, car show and competition, bake-off, live band; free shuttle to and from parking area; rain or shine.

Arkansas Rice Festival In downtown Weiner; food, music, rides, pageant, duck calling contest, wiener dog race, street dance, parade, rice cooking contest and rice tasting lunch.

Ghosts of Davidsonville Annual Fall Festival 5 to 9 p.m., Davidsonville Historic State Park near Pocahontas; live music, food, living history, historic games for kids of all ages, candy and a haunted hayride.

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5th Annual Car Show and Fall Festival October 13-14

Parker Pioneer Homestead Annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 12 noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, at the Homestead, located south of Harrisburg; wagon rides, sorghum making, kettle corn popping, hay baling, broom making and lots more - history, food and fun.

October 18-20

Johnny Cash Heritage Festival Moon to 5 p.m. each day, in the cotton field beside the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess; featuring acclaimed artists Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss, members of the Cash family and others on the main stage, local musicians on smaller stages in the colony center, educational presentations, exhibits and local crafts.

October 20

Annual Chili Cook-off and the Haven of Northeast Arkansas’ Annual 5K Run/Walk 8:30 a.m., Main Street Blytheville, Inc., 105 North 5th Street, Blytheville.

Primitive Pottery Workshop 1 to 4 p.m., Parkin Archeological State Park Visitor Center; learn about pottery made by the ancient Casqui and make some pieces of your own; pre-registration required; call (870) 755-2500.

Annual Fall Festival Lake Charles State Park at Powhatan; hayrides, games, live music, food vendors and more benefiting the Walnut Ridge Children’s Shelter.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Courthouse Square in downtown Osceola; buy, sell and trade cars, trucks and motorcycles; food vendors present and downtown restaurants open.

All Hands On Deck 7:30 p.m., East Arkansas Community College Performing Arts Center in Forrest City; singing, dancing and big band music based on Bob Hope’s 1942 USO tour.

October 20-21

Parker Pioneer Homestead Annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 12 noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, at the Homestead, located south of Harrisburg; wagon rides, sorghum making, kettle corn popping, hay baling, broom making and lots more - history, food and fun.

October 27

NEA’s 2nd Annual Duck Calling and Gumbo Contest, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., M&D Outfitters, 322 East Main Street, Blytheville.

November 1-2

Casqui School Days 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Parkin Archeological State Park Visitors Center; students learn about American Indians who lived at the Parkin site, facts about their lives and interaction with the Hernando deSoto expedition; school groups encouraged to reserve a spot.

November 3

Fall Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop

November 5

The Magic of David Garrard Presented by Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center as part of the 2018-19 Riceland Distinguished Performance Series, 7:30 p.m., on the ASU campus, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.

November 9-11

A Farewell to Arms for Writers, a writers retreat, Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, 1021 W. Cherry in Piggott; contact Adam Long at (870) 598-3487.

Lit’l Bita Christmas, First National Bank Arena on the campus of Arkansas State University, Jonesboro.

November 13

Second Tuesday event “Piggott, Hemingway and the Great War” Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott.

November 17

Annual Fall Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rector Community Center on Highway 49.

Davidsonville Thanksgiving Feast 1 to 5 p.m., Davidsonville Historic State Park Visitor Center porch; help cook a Thanksgiving feast using historic cookware; call to register at (870) 892-4708; bring your appetite.

9 a.m. to 12 noon, Lake Charles State Park at Powhatan; $15 fee includes workshop, meal and a Dutch Oven Cooking guidebook; registration and prepayment required at (870) 878-6595.

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ours and hours of hard work and dedication over the years clearly paid off for Jack Allison in the success of his classic small-town restaurant and “hangout,” the Polar Freeze in Walnut Ridge. But a visit with Allison immediately makes it clear that he also has enjoyed a lifetime of fun and adventure to balance all the work. “I’ve worked hard and I’ve played hard,” Allison said in looking back over his 84 years, 60 of them as owner of the iconic barbecue and hamburger drive-in along Highway 67 on the north side of town.

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fried dill pickles Text by Ron Kemp Photos by Nancy Kemp

Jack and Velma Allison stand at The Polar Freeze, a local restaurant and hangout that has become a regional classic.

‘Mostly, it’s Jack” Through the years Allison has become friends with generations of residents of the area, and many of those who have moved away always make it a point to include the Polar Freeze on their visits to their hometown. “They come back to see Jack,” long-time general manager Pat Murphy said of all the return visitors. While the delicious barbecue sandwiches and hamburgers are outstanding, it is the friendliness and customer appreciation displayed by Allison that also serve as a strong calling card.

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“Mostly, it’s Jack,” Murphy said. “He is wellloved and respected by all. He just has such an outgoing personality and he’s never met a stranger. “Oh, and people tell us we have the best milkshakes around,” Murphy added. With the exception of a recent absence due to health issues, Allison still arrives at work every morning and stays until after lunch. He helps with some aspects of the daily operation, but really focuses on greeting and visiting with customers. He is equally engaging with old friends and first-time visitors. As far as the fun pursuits, Allison has enjoyed drag-racing, motorcycles, flying his own airplane, skiing in Colorado, fishing in Florida, as well as many other adventures. His wife Velma noted that Jack rode a bicycle down Pikes Peak in Colorado last year (at age 83) and swam with manatees earlier this year in Florida. He also has fond memories of a rafting adventure in the Grand Canyon at age 70, a trip in which he surprised his twin grandchildren (age 14 at the time) with a birthday cake and celebration on a sandbar along the Colorado River. The Allisons had two sons (Calvin died in 2014) and a daughter, as well as four grandchildren. Fall 2018|


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polar freeze was purchased by JACK Allison on july 1, 1958 Pat Murphy (left) is the manager of Polar Freeze, where she has been employed for 41 years.

“People always say they want to have a son, and I was that way, too,” Allison said. “But I’ve got to say I had more fun with that girl than with both boys put together.” She likes to join him on his exciting outdoors adventures and, when she was 16, the two of them rode motorcycles together to Florida. On that trip she caught a beautiful tarpon, which is on display at the Polar Freeze. A medical technician, Kellie (Yates) also has been helpful to her father in dealing with some of his health issues in recent years. Their son, Shad, is a long-time agricultural pilot. Both children live in Walnut Ridge, which helps this close-knit family continue to enjoy life together. Allison grew up in Walnut Ridge and learned hard work at a young age. “My father only had a fourth grade education, but he had lots of good common sense,” he said. His father owned a couple of dump trucks and did other types of labor to help raise his family. He died when Allison was 16. “As a kid I had a job washing cars for $3 a day,” Allison said. “And then I got a job at the Piggly Wiggly making $5 a day. After my first day I got an envelope that had $4.94 in cash in it. I just knew I was going to find a five dollar bill in there. I told my boss that I thought I was making $5. I was told to look at the little slip in the envelope. It said six cents SS. That’s the day I learned about paying taxes,” he said with a laugh. He went to all 12 years of school in Walnut Ridge

and, admittedly, was not a great student. “I just didn’t want to study,” he said. Allison enrolled at Arkansas State College in Jonesboro and was there for a year. “They asked me to leave,” he said. “I didn’t really understand why – after all, I passed four hours.” He enlisted in the Air Force and spent four years in service, mainly in Texas and England. While in the Air Force, his dream was to become a pilot. He was selected for the cadet school that included 120 prospects. But only 20 were chosen for the final program and he was not one of them. “It was one of the biggest disappointments of my life,” Allison said. One of the instructors told him – “buddy, you missed something in your education.” “I just couldn’t keep up,” Allison said, “but you’ve just gotta accept it and move on.” Then came the fateful day in Allison’s life – he and his mother Polly bought the Polar Freeze on July 1, 1958, from Thurlo and Ruth Davis. “Thurlo told me that if you work it and work it hard, you can make a living here,” Allison said. “Over 60 years, it has been a joy, as well as a lot of hard work.” Allison was just the right young man to develop the Polar Freeze into the teen hangout that it was in the late 50s and 60s. “I kinda fit right in with them,” he said. “There was a patio out back with a jukebox and the kids would dance out there. I remember the jukebox always brought in enough to pay the light bill.” The business flourished and Allison built the present building in 1969. In the early years of the business, Jack met a young woman named Velma, who became his wife on March 13, 1960. She remembers all the fun young people had back then, hanging out at the Polar Freeze, skating at Pocahontas and going to movies. When she and Jack began dating, the usual agenda was peeling potatoes at the restaurant. But Thursday nights were free and they had some “real” dates, including often going to the movies in Memphis. In addition to working with her husband at the Polar Freeze, Velma has been focused on raising their children and now enjoying time with the grandchildren. She also has been very active over the years at the First Baptist Church of Walnut Ridge. “I’ve been very blessed,” she said.

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The Allisons for years lived in a home they built just across the highway from the Polar Freeze. They now live in a subdivision on the north side of Walnut Ridge that was developed by Allison and his two long-term business partners. He said the trio met years ago and decided to pool their resources in a variety of endeavors that turned out to be successful, including a feed store, a flying service and a perpetual care cemetery. Allison was able to eventually achieve his goal of flying and has owned his own airplane for many years. He was an active pilot up until two or three years ago. He and his “aviation hero,” Frank Wilcoxson, together own a 1966 Beechcraft Bonanza V-Tail, with a top speed of 205 mph. As a service, and to help pay for the plane, the pair often transported bodies for area funeral homes. Allison flew many times to Florida and also enjoyed trips to Gaston’s Resort on the White River near Mountain Home. He did agricultural flying for a year and said the experience definitely made him a better pilot. But there is a lot of stress associated with it, he added. “After that one season, I decided to stay in the hamburger business.” Allison, a World War II history buff, has enjoyed his association with the Wings of Honor Museum at Walnut Ridge. He spends every Monday morning at the museum and is a big supporter of the facility. The museum shares the history of the Walnut Ridge Air Field, which was a major military training facility during World War II, and Allison has many photos of the era on the walls of his restaurant. Allison also served for a time on the Walnut Ridge Airport Commission. Additionally, he served on the Walnut Ridge City Council and the Lawrence Memorial Foundation board. He was the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year in 2017. Despite all his many other interests, Allison has never lost focus on the Polar Freeze. “We’ve got a good product and we’ve always been on top of our business,” he said. “We always put everything we could back into the business.” “When everyone else was having fun, that’s when we were working the hardest,” Velma said.

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“I’ve always tried to do the right thing and live right,” Allison said. “I’ve never been in jail,” he added with a chuckle. Both the Allisons said supporting the community is very important in a small town and they have always followed that philosophy. “And we have been rewarded tenfold,” Allison said. Velma said the Polar Freeze motto is “It’s A Tradition.” And that it has been for thousands of satisfied customers in the area over the years. They are still coming, and a banner now displayed out front reads, “60 Years With Ole Jack.” “Generations of local families have grown up eating at the Polar Freeze,” said Lesa Walter, executive director of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a local icon and favorite restaurant. When past residents come home for a reunion, homecoming or just to visit, I’ve heard many of them say they’ve got to eat at the Polar Freeze before they leave. “Jack Allison and his family have made the Polar Freeze a special, friendly and unique gathering place with delicious food that is consistently good. That’s what keeps everyone coming back.” Allison is quick to credit his loyal employees over the years as a key to his success. Many of them have been high school and college students from Walnut Ridge. Foremost among those employees is Murphy, who has been at the restaurant for 41 years. “It was my first job in the real world,” she said. “I started up front working with customers and, of course, have now been involved in everything over the years.” The staff carries on the tradition started by Allison of slow-cooking pork hams over the hickory pit each Wednesday and Thursday. Allison and Murphy both said using hams, rather than pork butts or shoulders, has been very positive. The meat is very consistent and less greasy. The delicious meat, along with a special tangy barbecue sauce and vinegar-based coleslaw, has led to success for many years. Velma remembers one time years ago when her husband was having trouble keeping the hams on the pit because the meat was so tender. “It’s not been entirely accident-free up here,” he said with a laugh. Murphy said the restaurant, which employees about 15, is kept meticulously clean and essentially all the menu items are made from scratch. In addition to the great barbecue and hamburgers, specialties include a Big Boy Sandwich (using Thousand Island sauce and coleslaw), fried pickles, vegetable sticks and, of course, those great milkshakes. Barbecue and sauce are specially shipped to customers all over the country. The restaurant is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. So, if you are looking for good food in a traditional downhome drive-in setting, the Polar Freeze in Walnut Ridge is your bet. And it’s very likely “Ole Jack” will be there to greet you with a twinkle in his eye and a good story or two to tell — it will be easy for you to see why this has been a going concern for more than 60 years.

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Why Manila? Manila has long been known as a great place to live. Population has increased over the last five censuses. Present population is 3,342 and it is expected to increase with the 2020 count. Manila has a good school, churches, businesses, well kept golf course, and an excellent airport. It is located near Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Mallard Lake. Manila has one of the longest consecutive running industries in Mississippi County (Southworth Inc.) which is an assest to the community and the surrounding area. A new 124,136 square foot high school is under construction and will be completed for the coming school year. A gated condominium complex is under construction, along with new housing. Over 30 new houses are under construction. Several older structures have been removed making way for new building. A new senior center is scheduled to open in June. The new facility is connected to the airport community center where seniors have been meeting. Several small businesses have opened in Manila over the last few months. Manila's city park/ballpark is continually being updated to serve the community. The waterpark/ swimming pool was a long-time dream which was made possible by

the efforts of city officials and vote of the citizens who passed a sales tax to help build and maintain the swimming pool. Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner and city council members have worked diligently on the infrastructure of the city. Council members are Jason Baltimore, William Barnhart, Steven Milligan, Donnie Wagner, Dale Murphy and Wendell Poteet. Over $1 million has gone into replacing old sewer lines (some over 60 years old). Much of the work has been done through grants. City officials know updating the system is a priority with the growth of the community. Manila has a medical clinic, two pharmacies, dentist office, two eye clinics and rehabilitation center, along with banks, restaurants, retail businesses and much more to offer residents of Manila and the surrounding area. Mayor Wagner praised Manila city employees, fire department and police department for the work they do. Manila is in the process of annexing several areas for the people who want to be part of the city's growth. With the near completion of the four-lane highway from Blytheville to Jonesboro more expansion is expected. The four-lane in Manila was officially opened with a ribbon cutting on May 31.


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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper:

Learning to let go

“He was experiencing emotions he didn’t know existed. He had begun to discover people and animals that excited him. He wasn’t ready to rot away in his armchair, mourning his wife and waiting for his children to call, and filling his days with plant-watering and TV.”


rthur Pepper is a creature of habit. Since the death of his beloved wife, Miriam, he blindly goes through the motions of his undifferentiated days.

“Each day Arthur got out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m. just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He showered and got dressed in the gray slacks, pale blue shirt and mustard sweater vest that he had laid out the night before.” On the first anniversary of Miriam’s death, Arthur decides the time has come to move on. He sets out to accomplish the one thing everyone dreads after the death of a family member – clean the closet and donate her clothing to charity. Immediately, this task leads to the discovery of a gold charm bracelet hidden in the toe of Miriam’s shoe. A bracelet Arthur has never seen. Right off, I was drawn into the endearing tale of Arthur Pepper, a mild-mannered widower, a timid homebody. Miriam was the glue of the family, and since her death, Arthur is at loose ends. Even his relationship with their adult children has become weirdly strained. Upon discovery of Miriam’s bracelet, Arthur sets out to make sense of the eight gold charms, each a piece of her life puzzle—a locket, a tiger, a thimble, a bejeweled elephant charm inscribed with a telephone number in India. India? He never knew Miriam had any connection to India.

The elephant charm opens the gateway to Miriam’s history, a past far more exciting and exotic from the life they shared during forty years of contented marriage. In a game of connect-thedots, the gold charms lead Arthur from the comfort of home and on the road to extraordinary adventure.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

As Arthur’s quest to uncover the meaning behind the charms unfolds, he gets more than a few lucky breaks. But the reader won’t mind. The story is well written, perfectly paced, uplifting, and, yes, charming. But it isn’t saccharine sweet. As Miriam’s past life comes more clearly into focus, Arthur begins to wonder if he knew her at all. And he regrets the things they didn’t do. He wonders if he was ever enough for her? And was she truly happy with him?

“They should have visited new places together, had new experiences when the kids got older. They should have grasped the opportunity to do what they wanted to do and expand their horizons.” Arthur’s journey of self-discovery makes the reader question how well we know anyone. A coming-of-age story for later in life, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is about the people we hold in our hearts. It’s about letting go. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is UK author, Phaedra Patrick’s, debut novel. She has since published her second novel — Rise and Shine Benedict Stone — also a delightful read. Both bestsellers are available online, at bookstores everywhere, and likely on the shelf at your public library.

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Sacred Symbols


n today’s chaos-filled world, many seek inner sanctuary. A retreat. Quiet refuge. A place of calm during the storm. A place to meditate and look inward. Sacred symbols have for centuries aided in that introspection and allowed us to transform consciousness and find a sense of well being through the understanding of truths found in these representations.

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While some symbols relate specifically to one religion, many are universal. Brenda Wiseman of Memphis, an internationally-recognized representational abstract artist, found deep meaning in a strand of prayer beads she commissioned about 20 years ago from Eleanor Wiley, author of the book A String and a Prayer: How to Make and Use Prayer Beads.

A large window in the studio looks out to a private meditation area

Silver rock crystal and a silver cross over blue lapis from Israel are joined with a bird medallion with an Emily Dickinson quote, “Hope is a thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.”


Text and photos by Nancy Kemp

These very large blue beads are crushed glass from Africa. Some of the other symbols include a labyrinth, scroll with Star of David, a stone heart, and a vintage brass bell. Fall 2018|


Pendants in this strand are a Coptic cross from Israel and a crystal prism soldered by an artist in Florida. The large brass bead with mosaic inlay is from Africa. Other beads include faceted glass, pearl, moon stones and lavender ceramic.

Brenda Wiseman (left) and Elizabeth Farrar at work on their Sacred Symbols beads.

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“My beads included a beautiful carved feather and a sacred peace wheel,” Wiseman said. Designed by Wiley and created by Graham Tattersall, the peace wheel is, according to a prayer beads website, “a mandala of symbols created to honor all spiritual paths.” “The outer edge of the wheel is a representation of the rituals we practice, separated from each other,” the website says in further explanation of the wheel. “The spoke represents our spiritual path. As we move down the spoke, deeper into our spirituality, we find we come closer to the spokes on either side. The hub represents the central space which allows us to be together in silence.” Wiseman cherished those Eleanor Wiley beads throughout the years and used them in her home as a sacred symbol, much like someone would hang a cross or other symbol in their home. But in a move from Arkansas to Tennessee, the beads were lost.

A silver and rhinestone feather, white metal vintage cross, metal beaded pouch and metal medallion with a bird and an Emily Dickinson quote about hope are strung with crushed glass and rock crystal beads.

A large brass spiral medallion, a Coptic cross and a Buddha carved bead join Tibetan beads, agate, crushed glass beads, African brass beads and an old wooden African bead

This strand includes a carved pendant from Asia, a brass feather, and a Coptic cross pendant sourced from Israel. Also included are gold leaf beads, antique brass beads from Africa, carnelian, and rose quartz.

Blue crushed glass beads from Africa, crystal rock, agate, brass beads with inlay from Africa, and multicolor beads join a Coptic cross and carved medallion from Asia.

A large brass bead with mosaic inlay, from Africa, is strung with large blue ceramic beads, large crushed glass beads from Africa and rock crystal. Fall 2018|


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“I contacted Eleanor to ask if she would make more beads for me, but I really had the desire to create my own,” Wiseman said. Simultaneously, a local Memphian, Suzanne Henley, published a book entitled Bead by Bead. “I realized I knew her,” Wiseman said. “Reading Suzanne’s book reignited the desire to create my own ecumenical prayer beads.” So Wiseman and her studio partner, Memphis artist Elizabeth Farrar, took a departure from painting together and began creating beads for their own homes and as gifts. “As people began seeing the beads and requesting that we make some for them, the beads took on a life of their own,” Wiseman said. “We have sold and gifted the beads by word of mouth, and there seem to be many people drawn to them for various reasons. It has evolved into one-of-a-kind art pieces with sacred symbolism which people are using both decoratively and symbolically.”

Hanging just outside the entrance of the studio are beads with a bird, created by Jan Barboglio. Wiseman goldleafed additional beads to drape with the Barboglio strand. Marketed under the name Sacred Symbols, each string is created individually as a unique art piece. “The beads are packaged with a card explaining the meaning of the beads as a meaningful gift of art for your home,” Wiseman said. “Tied to each bag is an origami crane, which is the universal symbol of peace and another of my favorite symbols.” The word “bead” means “prayer” and is derived from the Anglo-Saxon “bidden,” meaning called to or invited to pray.

This beautiful piece features a Coptic cross from Israel, kwan yin medallion and a carved medallion from Asia.

Wiseman and Farrar, who are backyard neighbors, initially shared a creative space in the upstairs of a nearby business, but they now work together almost daily in a beautiful light-filled studio built by Wiseman and her husband, Fred, in a lush garden area behind their home. “Since Brenda and I had been working together, I asked her if I could rent an area of her new studio. She said, no, she had already thought about that, and I immediately said that was fine — no problem. But this kind, generous person said she wanted me to work with her in her studio but wouldn’t allow me to pay rent.” The stunning canvases of the two noted artists now are often set aside while the beadwork takes front and center for a time. “Our beads can be used as sacred art for your home or as prayer beads to be held in your hand,” Wiseman said. “It’s a way of symbolically holding prayer and sacred intention. It’s also a way to curate your home with meaningful art.” Over time, the women have found many special ways to use the beads and now have created unique strands in celebration of friendship, for clergy, as expressions of compassion or love, for many other special occasions or simply for home decor. “Elizabeth recently created beads for a friend whose adult son died of cancer,” Wiseman said. “Since he was of the Jewish faith, the symbols included the Star of David, as well as river rocks symbolizing their time together on the river. “I most recently created beads for a friend whose work in the 12-step program has helped to transform the lives of many people. It included 12 beads which symbolically held the steps taken toward serenity.” Wiseman and Farrar have enjoyed discovering beautiful beads from many parts of the world.

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A large Coptic cross and carved medallion from Asia are strung with a large brass bead with inlay, from Africa, along with white faceted glass, blue sea glass beads, and aqua colored beads.

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“One of the most special is the Coptic crosses from Israel,” Wiseman said. “They are found in many of our pieces, as well as beads with a shared universal meaning, such as labyrinths, Buddhas, birds, Asian symbols, feathers, and the peace wheel. Eleanor’s peace wheel is one of my favorite symbols.” Each one-of-a-kind strand includes beads and pendants also sourced from Czechoslovakia, Africa, Asia and many other parts of the world. “Some of the beads include pearls, agate, pyrite, lava and Tibetan or African beads,” Wiseman said. “The colors and beads are as diverse as the meanings they hold for each individual.” Though they had not expected to create the beads for the public, the women are responding to the interest of both individuals and businesses. They will participate in five fall art shows, including: Friday, October 5, at RS Antiques and Art in Memphis; Friday, November 30, at Sara Howell Gallery in Jonesboro; Thursday, November 8, from 5 to 7 p.m., at HAVEN Curated Home in Jackson, Mississippi (the beads currently are available in the gallery), Friday, December 7, at the L Ross Gallery holiday show in Memphis, and Blu D’or (dates to be announced) in Jonesboro and Memphis (beads currently available in the stores). Wiseman began painting just 16 years ago when she ceased working full-time as a psychiatric nurse, helping others over three decades in psychosocial supportive care programs. She is the co-founder of Carpe Diem of the Mid South, a retreat program for families experiencing cancer, and Wings Cancer Foundation in Memphis. She also is the founder of HopeCircle at NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation in Jonesboro. Her training as a psychiatric nurse and the work she has done with families going through the cancer experience or hospice often is reflected in her art. “There is really no boundary between life and art,” she said. Her art graces the walls of many healing spaces in Memphis, and she recently was chosen to create large colorful panels representing hope, to be installed in a new wing of Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Farrar is a retired attorney and painter. Her art can be found in collections throughout the MidSouth.

Gracing a sculpture of a monk with a blessing bowl, this strand of Sacred Symbols beads is made up of pearls, agate, brass beads from Africa, Asian carved stone, a vintage cross, and a handcrafted angel which Wiseman received several years ago as a special gift.

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‘How Can I Get Rid of Aphids on My Hibiscus?’ A Delta Crossroads reader recently asked me a question about how to get rid of aphids on her hibiscus plants. Many of us are captivated by the beauty of a healthy hibiscus! The hibiscus is the best-known tropical flowering shrub in the world and comes in various colors, single or double-petaled, native and hybrid strains. It is often difficult to choose what type and color best fits your landscape! The genus includes annual and perennial herbaceous plants, as well as woody shrubs and small trees. They are very popular among gardeners and herbalist tea makers. A neat feature of hibiscus is that its growth requires minimal care and maintenance, yet the beauty is fantastic! First, let’s talk about aphids and the potential damage they can do to your hibiscus and/or other plants. Aphids are often present, but difficult to see unless you examine your plants very closely. Aphids are difficult to eradicate and/or control. I personally understand our reader’s question because our hibiscus plants have been infested with aphids and I certainly

wanted to get rid of them! Aphids, also known as plant lice, are small (less than 1/8-inch long), nasty, soft-bodied, extremely destructive, plant-eating insects. The approximately 4,400 species of aphids may be green, yellow, white, brown, red, or black, depending on the species and the plants on which they are feeding. Adult aphids have antennae and may or may not have wings. Even if they don’t have wings at first, if their host plant becomes overpopulated by aphids, they can develop wings to permit them to move on and begin a new colony. Aphids also have a proboscis that looks like a long beak and functions similar to a straw, which they use to suck life-giving liquid from the plants. They are considered to be very fragile and can be squished or washed off your hibiscus, so probably the first method you will note if you search for a solution is simply to use a strong spray of water to wash or sweep the aphids off your plant. Unfortunately, spraying with water has not proven effective for me. Aphids are the one hibiscus pest

that requires immediate action. Other than close inspection of your plant, how do you know you have aphids? Normally, you will find them close to the top of the stems and on or around the hibiscus flower buds. They secrete a sticky fluid known as “honeydew” on parts of the plant they infect. The honeydew promotes the growth of a black sooty mold fungus. Aphids feed on hibiscus using their needle-like mouth parts (proboscis), by rupturing vessels that carry water, carbohydrates, and proteins, which plants use. This black fungus should help you easily identify the presence of aphids. If you are slow to notice the presence or aphids, they can spread rapidly, infecting more parts of the plant. The black soot does not let sunlight penetrate through the infected part. Without adequate sunlight, the process by which green plants use sunlight to synthesize foods from carbon dioxide and water is interrupted. This is known as photosynthesis in plants and generally involves the green pigment chlorophyll and generates oxygen as a byproduct. Fall 2018|


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Deprived of food and other vital nutrients required for growth, your hibiscus eventually weakens and dies, or the quality of flowers produced is degraded. Plant parts affected by any kind of aphids need to be removed and destroyed. While there are some insecticides that will kill aphids on hibiscus, they can damage your hibiscus or your flowers. Carefully read and follow label directions. I have effectively gotten rid of my aphids on our hibiscus by using insecticidal soap. You should be able to buy it at any business that sells plants. Insecticidal soap is a contact pesticide and leaves no residue on plants, so it must be applied directly to the insects to kill them. When you’re spraying the soap, you’ll want to make sure to cover as much of the plant as possible. Thoroughly wet the tops and undersides of the leaves to the point that they are dripping. You will also need to ensure any crevices between leaves, stems, or flowers have the soap well-applied since aphids can congregate there as well. Insecticidal soaps usually do not damage plants, but be careful when spraying new growth or blooms as they can be extra sensitive. As a general rule, much like watering, do not use these products in the peak of the day or when temperatures exceed 90 degrees F to avoid wilting or browning of the leaves. Always read and follow label directions! Since these insecticidal soaps are contact killers and they do not persist in the environment, several applications may be needed for full control. Treating the plants anywhere between 5 to 7 days is ideal because it helps to eliminate any new aphids.

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The King Biscuit Time radio show began Nov. 21, 1941, on KFFA 1360 AM in Helena. KFFA was the only station in the region that would play African-American music and it reached a wide audience throughout the Mississippi River Delta. The show’s popularity helped make Helena a popular stop for musicians on the road from the Delta to Chicago. The legendary B.B. King listened to King Biscuit Time during his lunch break while working in the fields near Indianola, Miss. “I used to listen to KFFA every day,” he told journalist Don Wilcock. “I was in the fields plowing, the King Biscuit Time show did good for me ‘cause I enjoyed it’.” Levon Helm, the drummer for The Band, credited King Biscuit Time for being an early inspiration for his musical career. Specifically, he imitated the drumming style of James “Peck” Curtis, a regular performer on King Biscuit Time. Helm was born in Elaine and grew up in Turkey Scratch, a hamlet near Marvell (located west of Helena). Helm performed at the 1989 edition of the festival.

2018 HEADLINERS FEATURED ACTS EACH NIGHT ON THE MAIN STAGE: Thursday, Oct. 4 Bobby Rush 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 Blackberry Smoke 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 Dave Mason and Steve Cropper 8:40 p.m.

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The title of the radio show relates to the sponsorship of King Biscuit Flour, a product that was distributed locally. The company negotiated a deal with the show’s main performer, Sonny Boy Williamson II (known earlier as Rice Miller). Williamson’s image appeared on the company’s products and he was a regular performer during the show’s first six years. Williamson, a blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, later played and recorded extensively in Chicago and enjoyed successful tours of Europe. He returned briefly to the show in 1965, shortly before his death in Helena. King Biscuit Time is the longest-running daily American radio broadcast in history, recently exceeding 18,000 episodes.

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Thursday, Oct. 4 – King Biscuit favorite Bobby Rush returns again, fresh off his GRAMMY award in 2017 and another nomination this year. According to the festival website, “he’s treated with messianic adulation by men and women alike of all ages with his hilarious songs about human nature and sexual obsessions in meticulously produced shows honed from decades as the king of the Chitlin Circuit who has ‘crisscrossed’ over into the pop mainstream.” Rush, 84, was born in Homer, La., and his family moved to Pine Bluff when he was a teenager for his father’s new pastorate. While there, he fashioned a fake mustache and played music with several friends at area juke joints. The family moved to Chicago in 1953 and he befriended neighbor Muddy Waters. Rush later performed on a circuit that included Etta James, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Jimmy Reed. A resident of Jackson, Miss., his long-term career has involved shows all over the world, including performing the first blues concert in China in 2007. He was named to the Official Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame in Clarksdale, Miss., in 2015. Friday, Oct. 5 – Blackberry Smoke has had two consecutive number one country music LPs. One of the last gigs of the late Gregg Allman involved his vocals on “Free On The Wing” on the band’s “Like An Arrow” LP. Band leader Charlie Starr said the band’s style is similar

to what Led Zeppelin called abstract blues. “The Allman Brothers opened the door,” Starr said. “They were free thinkers, and forward thinkers, and they didn’t want to be tied down by any genre or put in any box, and bands like ours are the direct result of that.” The band is based in Atlanta and consists of Starr (lead vocals, guitar), Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Brit Turner (drums), Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals) and Brandon Still (keyboards). The band has played all over the country and served as a supporting act for the Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Saturday, Oct. 6 – Dave Mason and Steve Cropper close out the festival on the Main Stage. Mason is one of the founders of the British rock band Traffic. He has played and recorded with Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton. Joining him on stage is Steve Cropper, who co-wrote Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay.” Called the founder of Memphis Soul, Cropper was named the number two greatest guitarist of all time (behind only Jimi Hendrix) by England’s Mojo magazine. He played on every Stax/Volt hit of the 60s and also was the guitarist on the Blues Brothers Band for Dan Akroyd and John Belushi. “It’s gonna be a rock and soul review,” Mason said of the program he has planned with Cropper. “It’s fun to do some songs I grew up with. So it will be a big mix of stuff, and it should be fairly cool.” Paul Thorn will make his eighth straight King Biscuit appearance and will be on stage just prior to Blackberry Smoke on Friday night. He called the festival “one of my favorites” and “a wonderful event.” His new album “Don’t Let The Devil Ride” debuted in March in the Billboard Top 100. Carolyn Wonderland will perform just before Dave Mason and Steve Cropper on Saturday night. She said King Biscuit is like going to Mecca. “You gotta make the pilgrimage because it’s where the music’s real,” she said. Her voice has been compared to Janis Joplin and at one time she sang “Me and Bobby McGee” with Kris Kristofferson. Festival executive director Munny Jordan is leading a staff that enthusiastically is working to make this one of the best events ever. As an example of the widespread appeal of the festival and authentic blues music, tickets were sold to attendees from 34 states in 2017. Early ticket-purchasers this year have been from Australia, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom. “King Biscuit has the greatest impact on tourism of any event in Eastern Arkansas,” Jordan said. She anticipates at least 30,000 music-loving visitors over the fourday period.

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Jordan attributed much of the success of the festival to the many loyal sponsors that step up each year. “Other than the Main Stage area, the festival is free and that is really unusual…it is one of the few festivals of this type that has remained successful for such a long period. “Another factor is that we have remained true to the traditions of the music and the culture and heritage of the Delta region,” Jordan said. She also is proud of the outreach to young people in the area in introducing them to various musical instruments and including them in educational projects. The festival also sponsors several blues symposium sessions that promote and preserve the history of blues music. Jordan, with her infectious energy and positivity, is well-known for her long-term promotion of the festival and all aspects of her hometown. “I’ve retired three times as festival director,” she said with a laugh, but organizers are indeed fortunate that she continues in the role. Her stints have been 1992-97, 200813 and 2016-18. She has directed 13 of the 33 festivals. A complete schedule of music on the various stages is shown on sidebars to this article and other details also are available on the event’s website, www.kingbiscuitfestival. com.

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Packin’ them in at the Front Porch The cost for a three-day pass to the festival’s Main Stage area is $85 in advance or $95 at the door. Single-day tickets are $45 and $55. All other festival music events are free. A complete schedule of music on the various stages is shown on sidebars to this article and other details also are available on the event’s website, The festival also attracts blues musicians performing on street corners among the vendors, where they plug their amps into stores’ outlets, playing as fans converge to enjoy. In addition to the music, festival visitors strolling down Cherry Street will find vendors selling blues-related crafts and lots of delicious food items. More than 400 volunteers give of their time to make the historic event memorable for all. The cost for a three-day pass to the festival’s Main Stage area is $85 in advance or $95 at the door. Single-day tickets are $45 and $55. All other festival music events are free.

2018 KING BISCUIT BLUES FESTIVAL LINEUP Wednesday, October 3 Warm-up Wednesday/ Michael Burks Memorial Jam (free admission)

Thursday, October 4 Main Stage SBBS Battle of the Bands Winner 12 noon to 12:50 p.m. Sterling Billingsley 1:10 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Heavy Suga & The SweeTones 2:35 p.m. to 3:40p.m. Keith Stone with Red Gravy 4 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats 5:30 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. John Nemeth 7 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Bobby Rush (HEADLINER) 8:30 p.m. until Front Porch Stage Front Porch Jam (open mic) hosted by Brotha Ric Patton 1 to 3 p.m.

Friday, October 5 Bit-O-Blues Stage Six Strings Andrew 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Grace Kuch 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. D.R. Diamond & Birthright Blues Project 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jamiah “Blues Superman” Rogers Band (HEADLINER) 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. Front Porch Stage Bobby Rush, Pat Thomas, Johnie B and Iretta Sanders, Earl “The Pearl” Banks, Johnny Rawls, Front Porch Youth Jam 12 noon to 6 p.m. Lockwood Stackhouse Stage David Dunavent 12 noon to 12:45 p.m. Robert Kimbrough, Sr. 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Spoonfed Blues featuring Mississippi Spoonman 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. C.W. Gatlin Band 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Wampus Cats 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Charles “Skeet” Rodgers and the Inner City Blues Band 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Lonnie Shields 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Willie Cobbs 7:20 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Gospel Stage First St. Paul Choir 6:45 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. St. Peter Choir 7:15 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. Wofford Chapel Choir 7:45 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Silver Cloud Choir 8:15 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. Hope Choir 8:50 p.m. to 9:20 p.m. Main Stage Knock Kneed Sally 12 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. Kymestri 1:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. Reba Russell 2:30 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. Erin Coburn 4 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets 5:35 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Paul Thorn 7:10 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. Blackberry Smoke (HEADLINER) 8:45 p.m. until

Saturday, October 6 Front Porch Stage Robert “Guitar Slim” Finley, Sweet Angel, Millage Gilbert, Clarence Davis with Jock Webb, Phillip Stackhouse, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith Band 12 noon to 6 p.m. Lockwood Stackhouse Stage Little Joe Ayers 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

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Pumpkin Pancakes on an Autumn Sunday Sometimes a crisp Sunday morning calls for an extraordinary breakfast of the pumpkin sort — all browned and puddled in butter, with a sprinkle of white powdered sugar.

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(serves about 12) 1 cup canned pumpkin 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 1 tsp. vanilla 1 tsp. maple flavoring 1 Tbsp. brown sugar (or use stevia to taste) 2 eggs 1/4 cup melted butter (or coconut oil) 3 tsp. baking powder 1 cup white or whole wheat flour (or 2 cups almond flour) 1 cup milk or almond milk (more if needed) 1/8 tsp. salt Mix up and fry in butter.

How to Make Pumpkin Puree


Don’t you just love pumpkins? Not only are they great for decoration, but they are useful in the kitchen! I have been making my own pumpkin puree for years now and it is quite simple! Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Select a smaller sized pumpkin (I like the Sugar Pie variety).

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Place pumpkin quarters on a cookie sheet, anyway you want....upside down or right side up...and bake at 375 degrees for 45minutes to 1 hour. Pumpkin should be soft and thoroughly cooked.


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Peel the skins off. (They come off easily.) Place pumpkin pieces in a blender or food processor and puree.

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City of

Caraway List of Local businesses

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Adcock & Son Plumbing...........243-7932

Jenn2 Boutique.................... 926-7028

Austin Auto Sales & Salvage.....842-3097

K&K Auto Sales .................... 482-0041

Bunch Diesel Repair, LLC ..........5053 CR 837 K. Jaclyn's Hair Salon ........... 482-3773 Campbell Heat & Air ................761-3553

Lonnie Repair Service .......... CR 865

Caraway Equine Arena..............930-8067

Nutrien Ag Solutions............ 482-3969

Caraway General Store .............482-1964

Penderosa Pecan Farm ......... 898 CR 864

Central KWIK Shop...................482-3915

Poor Boy Gardens ................ CR 855

City Body Shop.........................483-3769

Ronnie's Tire Repair ............. 215-3927

Don Crews Auto Body Shop......482-3863

Shortnacy Auto Repair......... 243-9534

Emery RV Repair ......................482-3715

Senior Citizen Center ........... 482-3348

Ervin Enterprises ......................482-3441

St. Francis Levee District

Faulkner's Tax, Inc ....................482-3794

Stone Heat & Air .................. Bowen Ave

Puree should be thick. If it is a little runny, strain it through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth to eliminate excess water. Use pumpkin puree fresh or freeze it for later use. To store, roll down a freezer bag to prevent messiness. Fill with at least 2 cups puree, squeeze out all of the air and freeze.

The possibilities for use of pumpkin puree are endless. It can be baked in a traditional pumpkin pie, or you can whip up something wonderful like...

pumpkin cinnamon rolls

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Cinnamon Apple Fritters with Maple Glaze Apple fritters. Need I say more?

CINNAM O N A P P L E F R I T T E R S with MA P L E G L A Z E 2 cups flour

1 tsp. nutmeg

2/3 cup milk

1 cup sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

3 cups chopped apple (into very small pieces)

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. maple flavoring

oil for frying

dash salt

2 Tbsp. butter, melted

3 tsp. cinnamon

2 eggs

Mix all dry ingredients together. Slowly add the wet ingredients, leaving out the apple. Mix until well combined but not overly beaten, then gently fold in apple pieces. The batter should be like a light cake mix. Heat enough oil that the fritters will float in the pan. (The oil is ready when a test drop of batter floats to the top or a drop of water sizzles.) Ideally, the oil temperature should be about 365 degrees F. Using a large serving spoon, slide large spoonfuls of batter into the oil. (Try to make them the size of golf balls, otherwise the dough won’t cook in the center) Be careful not to overcrowd and watch carefully for the underside to turn golden brown. Flip over and continue frying until brown on the other side. (Usually about 2 to 3 minutes on each side) Fall 2018|


It is always a good idea to test one to ensure it comes out as expected.

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Place on a plate with paper towels to drain and cool. Brush with maple powdered sugar glaze (see recipebelow).

P OW D E R E D SUGAR GLA ZE 1 cup powdered sugar 1 Tbsp. milk 1/2 tsp. maple flavoring


My boys come running with crisp pink apples from our tree, and I say, “What about fritters?” No one declines... So those deliciously sweet and tart all-atthe-same-time fresh apples turn into a delectable dessert.

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what’s right for you and your pet | P E T TA L K

Selecting a Pet:

Rescue or Purebred? How Do I decide? Deciding to bring a pet into your home should be a major decision. Consult with your veterinarian about helping you select your pet. The vet can help you answer many questions and make sure you make the best choice for you and your family.

Several things to think about are: Why do I want a pet? Do I have adequate time to devote to house training, exercise obedience, and love? Where will my pet live? Will it be inside or outside? Do I want a pet whose breed is predisposed to certain diseases? How will I pay for my pet’s care? Will I be prepared to take care of emergencies or extended illness? Do I know the average lifespan of this pet? (Pets live between 10 to 18 years.)

Will I be able to care for this pet its entire life? Also, can I handle cleaning up the occasional messes they will make without blowing my top? Even the most well-mannered creature decides to tear something up or potty in an unwanted area on occasion. If you have given thought to all of these questions and can answer them, it is time to get a family pet. Remember, this commitment should be for the entire length of your friend. Now that you have decided it is “Pet Time,” deciding on a pet requires asking yourself more questions. Do I want to give a homeless pet a home, or do I want a pure-bred animal?

Whatever you decide, there are some basics things to consider:

What size pet do I want? Do I want a highly active creature or a more laidback pet? Do I want this pet for a certain job or activity? Do I want a pet that has certain personality characteristics? Do I want long or short hair? Do I want to have to groom or brush this pet frequently? Do I want a pet that needs lots of playtime and attention? Do I want two pets so they can keep each other company? Remember, dogs are pack animals and do not do well when left alone. You and your family become this dog’s pack. I recommend two if you are going to be leaving them alone for long periods of time. Cats, on the other hand, are more solitary. But two cats are better than one because cats have what is known as “aggressive play.” If they do not have a buddy, you become the outreach for this type of play.

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Selecting your pet is the next step. If you have decided on a pure-breed pet, be sure and select a reputable breeder. I do not recommend purchasing animals from pet stores or individuals that have many different breeds of cats or dogs. A responsible breeder will be knowledgeable and committed to one or two breeds. Make sure you are comfortable with the breeder. They should ask many questions about your family, where you are going to keep the pet, if you have a veterinarian and how you plan to care for the pet. Visit the breeder’s home or kennel and ask to see the mom or dad so you will have an idea of what your future pet will look like. Pay attention to how the pets interact with the breeder. Find out about the health of the pet and parents. Are there any genetic diseases this breed is predisposed to? If so, have your pets been certified free of these diseases. See if they have a guarantee on the animal. Don’t expect to get your pet before they are 8 to 12 weeks of age. Rescues animals are a great choice! Many are already house trained and have nice manners. If you look, many shelters have an animal that will fit all of your criteria. Many are even purebreds. Adoption can be a very rewarding experience. You are saving an animal’s life. My rescue, Barnie Moe, has brought countless hours of fun and love to our home.

When you decide on your pet, whether rescue or purebred, there are certain things that you should notice when making a choice: Are the premises clean and fresh smelling? Do all of the animals look happy? Are the animals well fed and clean? Is their fur matt-free and shiny? Look at their feet and belly to see if they have a yellow to orange brown stain. If stained, it could indicate the animal has been lying in poop and pee for extended periods of time. Make sure they have no fleas or ticks. Do they have a play area that is maintained? Now it is time to take your new friend home! A collar and leash are essential. Make sure you have a clean, dry, well ventilated area for your pet. They need a crate for training and making them feel secure. A nice bed. A food and water dish. Appropriate food and toys are must-have items. Please schedule a visit with your veterinarian soon after taking your pet home. Your veterinarian will make sure your pet is healthy. They can provide the proper information on nutrition, flea and heartworm protection, and give you tips on how to make your pet the perfect family companion. Your veterinarian is the pet expert on care and feeding of your pet. Veterinarians want your pet to have a happy, healthy, long life. So please use their expertise in all your pet decisions.



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Sat, 10–4


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Q: What is meningitis? A: There are two types of meningitis: viral meningitis and bacterial meningitis. Viral meningitis is relatively common and is usually less cause for alarm. Bacterial meningitis, on the other hand, is less common and serious. Untreated, bacterial meningitis leads to brain damage and death. Whether it is caused by a virus or bacteria, meningitis refers to inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord, usually caused by an infection. It is most common in children, teens and young adults, although older adults with long-standing health issues – like a weakened immune system – are also vulnerable. It is contagious and spreads through coughing, sneezing and close contact. Common symptoms for teens and young adults include a stiff and painful neck, especially when the patient attempts to bring chin to chest. Fever, headache, vomiting, trouble staying awake and seizures are common. Children and older adults react differently. Babies may be fussy, refuse to eat, cry when held or have a rash.

Young children may have flu-like symptoms. Older adults may get a slight headache and fever. Go to the doctor immediately if your child has these symptoms. Adolescents may need some immunizations to prevent certain types of meningitis.

Q: Why does diabetes cause eye problems? A: Diabetes is a common condition that strikes people of all ages. Put simply, diabetes occurs when your body has trouble turning the carbohydrates in food into energy, causing sugar to build up in your blood. Its early symptoms are mild, and many people with diabetes don’t know they have it. Nevertheless, diabetes can have a serious impact on your health, including heart disease and nerve and organ damage. It also elevates your risk for blindness. The retina in your eye is filled with tiny blood vessels. High blood sugar can damage these tiny blood vessels, resulting in blood hemorrhages in the retina and other issues. The condition is known as diabetic retinopathy and can lead to vision loss. It is common. In fact, it is the No. 1 cause of blindness for

people age 20 to 74. Early signs you might have diabetes include an increase in thirst, dry mouth, increased appetite, frequent urination and unusual weight loss or gain. As the disease progresses, you may notice headaches, blurred vision and fatigue. See your doctor if you suspect you have diabetes. Managing your blood sugar can prevent the long-term complications associated with the disease.

Q: My blood pressure has improved. Can I stop taking my medicine? A: No, you should always continue to take your blood pressure medication, even if you feel good or think your blood pressure has improved. Stopping your medication suddenly can make the condition worse and have serious consequences for your health. Likewise, do not “cut back” on taking the full dosage of your medication. Instead, if you feel that it is time to adjust your medications, talk to your doctor. Here are some additional guidelines to keep in mind when taking a blood pressure medication. Fall 2018|


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Q:What is Tourette’s syndrome? A:


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who will likely refer you to a neurologist.

Q: What is Tourette syndrome? Dr. Daniel Knight is chairman of the Department and of Family and Preventive A: Television movies may lead us to believe that Medicine in the College of Medicine at the

University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. Tourette syndrome isfor compulsive vocalizing, sometimes involving inappropriate words. While it can take that Housecall - October - 2017.indd 4 8/24/17 form, the symptoms can vary widely from case to case. It could be as unnoticeable as frequently blinking. At its most basic, Tourette syndrome is characterized by repetitive tics of the extremities, shoulders and/or face and uncontrollable sounds. Being excited, sick or under stress can make symptoms worse. It is relatively common, especially in its milder forms. Treatments can help control tics, but treatment is not always necessary, especially if the patient is not bothered by their tics. Boys are more likely than girls to have it. Sometimes, symptoms are lifelong, but other times, they improve as children grow up. Occasionally, they disappear completely. Researchers aren’t completely sure what causes the syndrome. It is neurological in nature and likely hereditary, although people in the same family who both have it often have different symptoms. Tourette syndrome can be associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, dyslexia and obsessive-compulsive disorder. If you suspect your child might have Tourette syndrome, you can discuss it with your family doctor, who will likely refer you to a neurologist.

Dr. Daniel Knight is chairman of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Email your health questions to


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