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Moms Football 101. . . . . . . . .7 Cyclone Stadium saw a different kind of football player take the turf recently – football moms

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Story by Travis Simpson | Photos by Tommy Parker The July heat didn’t keep them from Cyclone Stadium. The arduous drills, which tested footwork, hand-eye coordination and stamina, didn’t either. That’s par for your average football player at Russellville High School, but during Mom’s Football 101, the high schoolers were swapped out for their mothers. Mom’s Football 101 was implemented last year by Cyclones head coach Billy Dawson as both a learning and bonding experience for mothers of football players. The moms spent a portion of their day in the weight room and touring the facility and another portion on the field doing position drills. Moms got the opportunity to

try on shoulderpads and helmets and had any questions they had about the game answered by a high school football official. “This was a first for me,” Heidi Gray said. “I didn’t know what to expect, but now I know they go through a lot. To actually go through the steps that they [the players] take, it’s tougher than I thought, especially with helmets and pads.” Gray’s son is Garrett Gray, who is a senior offensive and defensive lineman for Russellville. Heidi Gray said she can’t believe how hot it gets. The moms were not asked to wear pads while running drills, but the team wears them regularly. “It was so hot,” she said. “Doing the drills, different footwork,


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catching the football — for the boys to go through that daily, I have great respect for them and for their coaches.” Nina Chiolino, whose son is senior Paul Chiolino, said she saw a different side of her son during the event. “This is my second year to do this,” she said. “During my first year, my son was there really pushing me. He wanted me to compete. This year, he was taking care of me. It was really sweet.” Nina Chiolino is recovering from an injury. She said her son made sure she got through the drills safely and made sure she was getting plenty of water. “I think he really enjoyed the experience,” she said. “We really were able to bond.” Typically, dads get their sons in the yard to learn how to throw and catch. Bonding over football can be

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an atypical experience for many mothers. “A lot of people don’t really know the game,” Chiolino said. “A lot of women don’t, I know, because when I would sit in the stands so many people would be asking what just happened. “The first 30 minutes we heard from an official. I really think coach Dawson did it for the moms, so we could be the ones to encourage our sons. You get a whole different understanding than you do just sitting in the stands.” Gray said she got an insight into the type of brotherhood football offers her son. Her husband, Phillip Gray, who played football at Arkansas Tech University, often tells her he “misses that kind of stuff.” Now she knows what he’s talking about. “Boys need that,” she said. “They need that kind of discipline. They need that kind of brotherhood. Dawson’s leadership is quality, and for some it’s the only father figure they have.” •


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Fall fashions from local e xperts

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By Sierra Murphy | Photos By Joshua Mashon


This fall is going to see a lot of return fashion, with an emphasis on accessories. Down to nails and lips, locals can expect the usual wine reds and earth tones, as well as some eye-catching jewelry. Tammi Gibson with Blue Hoot Boutique in the 2300 shopping center on West Main says adults can look for extremely distressed clothing. Jeans, shirts, flannel – major fashion names have already been showing signs of holes, stretch marks and faded prints. The key to finding this fall’s finds, Tammi said, is in the details. “Everything is in the accessories and the details,” she said.

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eds and pinks, as well as earth tones, are also trending for nails this season. Amber Johnson, a nail technician at Cameo, said dark wines, greys and earth tones are all popular colors that will be seen this fall. She recommends using the new dip powder, a polish by Revel Nails. “It’s not as harsh on your nails as acrylicsm,” Amber said. “It soaks off easily and it comes in different colors. It lasts up to three weeks and gives strength, length and protection over natural nails.” The style this fall leans toward shaping nails almond or coffin style, but the finish can be matte or glossy. “I love all different kinds of greys with a matte finish,”

Amber said. Matte lipstick, as well as gloss, is also a trend this fall. Eden Meadows, also at Cameo, recommends LipSense by Senegence. “The top five pantone colors for fall are beige champagne, sheer pink, nutmeg, redwood, and peace pink,” she said.


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Choker necklaces, pearls and blanket scarves are all currently trending and look like they will continue to be a fashion go-to well into the winter season. CC beanies, for adults and children, will also be making an appearance again; the children’s beanies for the first time ever, and the Blue Hoot Boutique will stock them. Ruffles, mixed prints and patterns will also be trending for young children. Mustard yellow, merlot red, navy blue and various shades of grey are all colors to be on the look out for. “They’re all hot right now,” Tammi said. Blue Hoot Boutique also houses LivyLu brand shirts, as well as Let Them Eat Cake. •

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West Main Daylight Donuts to celebrate 15 years Story by Sierra Murphy Photos by Joshua Mashon This December, Mark and Carla Neihouse will celebrate 15 years of serving Russellville with what they think are some of the best sweets around. As the owners of West Main Daylight Donuts, the duo house-make some of their donuts, gravy, biscuits and more. Their start, though, was out of the ordinary. “It was all his doing,” Carla began. Mark and Carla visited their son for a football camp in southern Arkansas. College wasn’t in session yet, and they took the opportunity to watch him play. On the way home the following Sunday morning, they stopped by a Daylight Donuts and ate breakfast. “On the way home I said this is the best blueberry donut I’ve ever eaten,” Mark said. The couple was already in the throes of selling their previous business, and were casually looking around for another venture to commit themselves. While Carla began to warm up to the idea, Mark took his search seriously and began contacting brand representatives and real estate agents; he had already found a good location to grow in before bringing it to Carla’s attention.

Mark and Carla Neihouse are pictured with their son, Eric.

“We had to completely redo the back,” Carla said. “And we did it in two months.” West Main Daylight Donuts was previously a family restaurant, outfitted to serve lunches and dinners. After the remodel, the space became a place where future


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birthday parties and early-morning donut runs took place. The tables are always cleaned and the floors always mopped, a precedent set by Daylight Donuts. When Mark and Carla were “shopping around” for a company to partner with, Daylight Donuts was a frontrunner. “We wanted to buy from someone who stood behind their product,” Mark

said. Carla and Mark went on to say the factory tour and product itself were two main reasons they decided to champion Daylight Donuts products. The cholesterol-free mix is created at Daylight Donuts factories. Once the Neihouses get it, they house make their donuts. From start to finish, the mix and donuts are never frozen and

always made in-house. “We’ve started out with donuts, but now we’ve added croissants, biscuits and gravy, sausage and bacon,” Mark said. As patrons of Daylight Donuts products, Mark and Carla will change their menu to accommodate new products. Now, they have a variety of muffins and other breakfast foods to further feed Russellville and the surrounding com-

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By Sean Ingram | Photos by Joshua Mashon Are you a woman tired of sitting at home when your main man or children take off to deer camp or their favorite hunting spots when bow season comes around every September? Are you a man tired of sitting at home when your main lady or children take off when bow season comes around? Are you a man or woman who is looking for a recreational activity that involves some strength, mentally and physically, and can bring you closer together as a couple or family? Wendy Panther at Arkansas Trading and Loan feels your pain. But since she fired a pink and white compound bow for the first time 23 years ago — after she and her husband moved their Main Street pawn shop to Fourth Street — Panther has learned how to shoot, how to garner the right equipment, how to maintain that equipment and how to help women and men with all of their archery needs. “When we bought this building, it had compound bows in it,” she explained. “They had a pink and white one and I said ‘Hey, I’ll see if I can do that.’ From that point on, I just kept watching and and waiting and watching and waiting

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“When I first started, I didn’t hunt. I’m originally from Texas and I shot everything wit h a gun. I never tried to go out wit h a bow. My first time to go hunting was when I turned 40. I came back and said ya’ll have been hiding something. That was the best adrenaline rush I had ever had.” and trying to figure out how it went. “Twenty years ago companies were more free with putting on schools so you can understand what you need to buy for your shop. The more you know about how a bow and an arrow works, the more you are going to buy from one of Continued on PAGE 36

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DIY Autumn Leaf Mason Jars By Joshua Mashon

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Mason jars are that ever-sopopular item for quick home decoration projects and there are a multitude of ways you can decorate them. Here is a great, easy Fall craft that even your kids can do themselves. Items you will need: Mason jars (choose the number and sizes you prefer) Mod Podge Sponge brush (optional) Leaves (real or fake) Rafia or ribbon

Step 1 Ensure your mason jar(s) have been cleaned thoroughly on the outside to remove any grease or grime so the leaves will stay. With the Mod Podge, use the sponge brush to apply a layer over the outside of the mason jar.

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ailgates are where the football parties get started. That’s where you meet friends, get revved up for the game, and fuel up on food. Sometimes you want to get out of the box for your tailgating experience. Mexican buffets are a great option because they are easy to transport, hold well, and can be customized easily for different tastes and dietary needs, including low carb. Here are some recipes sure to spice up your next event. Easy to prep favorites and dips mean you don’t have to stand over the grill the whole time. Review the play-byplay of each recipe below for a special tailgate fiesta. It includes all the fixings for steak and shrimp tacos, nachos, salads and more! Bring plenty of chips and dip, tortillas, taco shells and let everyone create their favorite dish!

Pico De Gallo 3 tomatoes, large, chopped 1/4 cup cilantro freshly chopped 1/2 cup onion sweet, chopped 3 T. lime juice 1 or 2 chopped jalapeno 1 tsp. salt/pepper Stir together all ingredients; serve with tortilla chips. Makes 4 cups.

Steak Tacos Grill ahead or cook at the party. This can easily be prepared in advance and warmed on the grill. Flank steak is a lean, somewhat tough cut of meat. But don’t worry—that toughness is easily doused by a couple of hours soaking in a flavorful marinade. Best served at medium-rare temperature, flank steak also needs a bit of care when slicing. It’s important to slice it across the grain (rather than with the fibers of the meat) for the tenderest slices. For most flank steaks, this means slicing across the short width, rather than along the length.

Tips On Cooking Ahead… Store cooked steak in a ziptop bag in cooler. Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat; add steak. (Sprinkle with chili powder and crushed red pepper flakes if you like.) Cook, tossing the steak, until warmed through. Divide the steak among the tortillas and add toppings, including sliced avocado, chopped red onion, chopped jalapeño peppers, chopped cilantro, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes. Serve with lime wedges for squeezing on top. Before warming steak, wrap corn and flour tortillas in foil and place on grill for about 10 minutes while meat is warming.

Savory Marinated Flank Steak 1 (2- to 21/2-lb) flank steak 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup minced red onion 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce 1/3 cup white wine or white winevinegar 1/3 cup olive oil 1/2 tsp coarse salt Freshly ground black pepper 1. Score steak in a crisscross pattern on one side, making thecuts about 1 inch apart. 2. Combine all ingredients exceptsteak in a ziptop plastic bag. Add

steak to the bag, seal and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 3. Remove steak from the bagand let stand 1 hour at room temperature before cooking. 4. Oil the grill grates and heat the grill until hot (450°F to 500°F). Grill steak about 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Place on a platter, cover loosely with foil and let stand 10 minutes before serving. To serve, slice the steak across the grain into 1/4-inch slices. Serves 8.


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8 Layer Mexican Dip 16 ounces refried beans 1 (11/4 ounce) package taco seasoning 1 cup sour cream 1 cup salsa 4 ounces sliced olives 1 cup Mexican blend cheese 1 cup chopped lettuce 1 cup chopped tomatoes 1 cup chopped avocado Layer in this order. 16 oz refried beans mixed with 1/4 package of the taco seasoning. 1 cup sour cream, mixed with remaining taco seasoning 1 cup salsa. 4 oz sliced olives. 1 cup Mexican cheese.

1 cup chopped lettuce. 1 cup chopped tomatoes. 1 cup chopped avocado Optional: Garnish with small sprigs of cilantro, green onions and/or jalapeno peppers.

Guacamole Dip 2-3 Ripe Avocados 3-4 Tablespoons minced purple onion One Fresh lemon 1-2 tsp of mayonnaise 1 small garlic clove pressed 1 tomato peeled and diced 1-2 tsp. diced celery Salt and pepper to taste Using a fork, mash the avocados. Add purple onion, garlic, celery and tomato. Stir well. Add mayo. Squeeze lemon juice adding a little at a time so mixture can easily be dipped with chips or crackers. Salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with sliced lime, cilantro and/or jalapenos.

Juanita’s Mesa Cheese Dip Many of you may have dined at Juanita’s, a popular Mexican restaurant in Little Rock. If you did, you will certainly remember the creamy white cheese dip they were famous for. Sadly, this business closed not too long ago, but on the last day of business, the owners decided to share their famous recipe on their Facebook page. The recipe was shared hundreds of times, in case you missed it, we wanted to share it with our readers.

5 pounds white cheese melt or Kraft Velveeta Queso Blanco 1 ½ quarts of milk 15-ounces canned diced green peppers 8 ounces finely chopped onions 3 ounces white pepper 2 ounces finely chopped cilantro 2 tablespoon finely diced jalapeno 1 tablespoon cumin The ingredients should be cooked in a double boiler (or a crockpot will do) until melted through. Then add more milk and stir until it reaches the desired consistency.

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Grilled Mexican Shrimp Easy to prepare ahead. Store marinated shrimp in ziptop bag in cooler. Bring skewers for easy and quick grilling. 2 to 2 ½ pounds peeled, deveined shrimp (12-15 per lb.), rinsed and drained ¼ cup olive oil ¼cup chopped cilantro 1 tablespoon lemon zest 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste 1.) In medium bowl combine the olive oil, cilantro, lemon zest, garlic, red pepper flakes and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper and add

the shrimp and coat thoroughly. 2.) Thread the seasoned shrimp on metal or soaked wooden skewers. 3.) Lay shrimp skewers on an oiled

barbecue or grill pan over high heat. Cook, turning once, until shrimp are bright pink and opaque, about 5 to 6 minutes total.

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cup butter, cut into chunks 9 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped (about 2 cups) 11/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar 1 cup granulated sugar 5 large eggs 11/2 tablespoons vanilla

11/2 teaspoons almond extract 11/2 cups all-purpose flour 11/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt Optional: Melted semi-sweet chocolate chips for drizzle

1. In a large bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, stir butter and unsweetened chocolate until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in brown sugar and granulated sugar. Add eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Whisk in vanilla and almond extract. Stir in flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt until well blended. 2. Spread batter level in a buttered and floured 9- by 13-inch baking pan. Squeeze handfuls of Mexican chocolate streusel until it sticks together, then crumble into chunks evenly over surface of batter. (recipe below) 3. Bake brownies in a 325° oven until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool in pan on a rack for at least 20 minutes, then cut into 24 or 32 squares (if making up to 1 day ahead, cool completely, then wrap uncut brownies airtight). For Topping: Mexican chocolate streusel: In a food processor or a bowl, whirl or stir 1/2 cup all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar until well blended. Add 5 tablespoons butter and whirl or rub in with your fingers until mixture forms coarse crumbs. Pulse in four 1/2 ounces (about 1 1/2 tablets) coarsely chopped Mexican chocolate (some larger chunks will remain), or chop finely with a knife and stir into flour mixture. Use immediately or chill airtight for up to 1 week.


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hen the fifth and sixth grade Lamar Warriors peewee football team lined up for a play across from the high school team, everyone knew what the outcome would be — the little kids were gonna score. The Lamar peewee football team participated in the high school’s annual Orange and Black Scrimmage on Aug. 19. The kids paired up with senior high football players to go through pregame stretches and drills. “To be honest, I stole the idea,” Warriors head coach Josh Jones admitted. “I was at a different school scouting them, and they did this same thing. I thought it was such a cool idea, so I brought it here.” After running through the warm-up, the peewee team lined up and ran a series of plays against the high school. “Of course, the high schoolers act like they dive and miss and things like that,” Jones said. “We make it a big deal for those kids. Those peewee kids, we like them to look up to those high school kids. If you can get those kids hooked on football young, the hope is that they’ll stick with it.” After the peewee team marched down the field, the high schoolers scooped them into their arms and carried them off the grass. Jones said he began the event last year, and his players were initially skeptical. “Come on coach, this is silly, they said when I first

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told them about it,” Jones said. “But after we did it, they thought it was the highlight of the entire season. It means a lot to them, and honestly, I think it means just as much to the parents of the peewee kids to know the high school kids care about the younger ones.” Jones said he believed the peewee

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21st annual Oktoberfest set for Oct. 15 By Sean Ingram Many know that Munich, Germany, has hosted the annual Oktoberfest for several years. St. John’s Lutheran Church will host the 21st version of the community festival from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 500 N. Cumberland in Russellville. Former pastor Darrell Kobs said the festival started at the church in 1995 after a church member moved here from Illinois and talked about how successful Oktoberfest was to that community. “They made it a real celebration for not just the church, but the whole community,” Kobs said. “That’s what we have done through the years. This is for everyone in our community.” The St. John’s Oktoberfest is based on the German menu, food, drinks and desserts. The menu has remained pretty constant through the years, Kobs said, with the exception that grilled chicken wasn’t served until a few years ago. “The festival surrounded the meal,” he said. “We had a cake walk one year. A few people take part in games for children and youth. People really get involved in making the desserts. “I myself started offering nonalcoholic drinks and added root beer to go

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the companies. Today, they are a lot tighter.� Panther tried to get prepared for the opening of bow deer season. School had started, and kids were coming in to get their arrows and bows ready for archery programs. “We used to have a sign that said, ‘Bow stories told here. Some true.’ How you learn that is you watch the guys who come in, and everybody has a story. But the ones who can back it up with the picture or the horns or the deer or whatever, you listen to what they are doing,� she said. “When I first started, I didn’t hunt. I’m originally from Texas and I shot everything with a gun. I never tried to go out with a bow. My first time to go hunting was when I turned 40. I came back and said ya’ll have been hiding something. That was the best adrenaline rush I had ever had.� Panther, who participated in local

archery tournaments in the beginning of her archery career, said she makes sure both her left- and righthanded shooters have something to shoot. “Lefties have a tough time,� she said. “People ask me how do you sell so many left-handed bows? I tell them I stock them. If you stock them and that left-handed person tells another left-handed person, they are in here to buy it. “You may shoot right-handed but if you are left-eye dominant, I would teach you how to shoot left-handed. I was left-eye dominant. Right before I turned 50, I asked to make my eye dominant when I had Lasik surgery. So now I have 20/70 in one eye and 20/20 in the other. This is one of the sports where your eye dominance is key.� Panther said she enjoys working with beginners. Bow companies have come out with new bows that will go down to 5 pounds and up to 70 pounds. The



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t has become a part of the autumn football tradition at Arkansas Tech University. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a green and gold, tap your toes, all-you-can-eat celebration of the Wonder Boys. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Party at the Plaza, and it is back for its ninth season of entertaining Arkansas Tech fans and getting them revved up to cheer the Wonder Boys to victory.

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OUR CARE FOR THIS COMMUNITY CONTINUES TO GROW STRONGER As the Arkansas River Valley’s largest multi-speciality clinic, Millard-Henry Clinic proudly announces the addition of Dr. Jonathan Brixey and Dr. Nathan Henderson to our growing staff of leading physicians. Dr. Brixey specializes in internal medicine and pediatrics. He was reared in Pope County, and prior to receiving his medical degree at University of Arkansas-Medical Sciences (UAMS), Dr. Brixey completed an undergraduate degree at Arkansas Tech University (ATU). He is married with two children, and is active in his local church and with outdoor activities. Dr. Nathan Henderson also has deep family roots in our area. Upon earning his undergraduate degree at ATU, he completed medical school at the American University of the Caribbean School of


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