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Master Gardener: A field of red, white and green

Jun 22, 2016 5:23am

Scientists have known for several years that certain plants grow better when the field they’re planted in is covered with colored mulch. Mulch, of course, is any protective covering-leaves, hay,...

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Potluck: It’s time to get Irish

Feb 25, 2016 5:38am

It’s hard to believe, but March arrives in less than a week.

March is the month we turn our clocks forward one hour (March 13), welcome the arrival of spring (March 20, which is also Palm...

Consumer Alert: Watch out for scam artists posing as IRS agents

Feb 24, 2016 3:05am

Scam artists are continuing to pose as Internal Revenue Service agents, attempting to pressure Arkansans into turning over personal information or cash. They often demand that the consumer share...

Master Gardener: February gardening notes

Feb 23, 2016 9:52am

Walked around in the yard to see just how much damage Mother Nature has wreaked so far this winter. Only plant burned by the cold was my patio gardenia. (My mom’s heirloom gardenia looks...

Saving refund can produce dividends

Feb 17, 2016 3:06am

A tax refund can feel like a personal stimulus package. And although it’s tempting to use it right away, saving some or all of it can pay dividends down the road, said Laura Hendrix, assistant...

Master Gardener: Gastronomical geographica

Feb 16, 2016 10:18am

Today I’m going to dish out some history on plants whose fruit is used in many of our favorite foods today.

Let’s start with the banana. Did you know that up to 1870 few Americans knew what...

Potluck: Russian tea and some Valentine’s Day recipes

Feb 11, 2016 8:45am

An email from friend and former co-worker Jennifer Gill reads, “This brought back memories!! My grandma always had some on hand.”

The email included a link. I clicked on it and up popped a...

Master Gardener: Adventures in Botany; The plant explorers

Feb 09, 2016 9:59am

What reasons drove men (and a few women) to the literal ends of the earth in search of botanical specimens? What drives the contemporary plantsman today?

Botanists or those interested in...

At the movies

Feb 05, 2016 5:38am

Below is a list of movies playing in Fort Smith. Show times and information are available at and

Opening today

The Choice — Gabby meets Travis, a...

Potluck: Try these recipes for the big game

Updated: Feb 04, 2016 8:28am

Are you ready for the last football game until August?

Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 (no Roman numeral this year) will feature what is arguably the season’s two best teams, the Carolina Panthers...

House Calls: The Zika virus

Feb 03, 2016 3:06am

The Zika virus has been on the news as of late, so I thought I would discuss it in my House Calls article.

The Zika virus is transmitted through mosquito bites. Its symptoms are fever, rash...

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