Archive for the ‘Arkansas’ Category

Pretty and peaceful . . . snowfall on Christmas day, 2012

December 9th, 2014 1 comment

With the full moon shining down on Arkansas, Rusty Sloan snaps a picture of  fresh fallen snow.

Ah, Serenity on the farm.

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Are your feet cold Bessie?  Then just keep a moooovin’ .


Arkansas State University Dec. 5th and 6th

December 1st, 2014 Comments off

In the style of Merrie Olde England with costumes, decorations, comedy and fanfare, the A-State Choirs will present the annual Madrigal Feaste in the Grand Hall of the Fowler Center on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6.


One of my regrets of college life is that I didn’t get involved with the drama dept.  It may be hard to understand, but I was suffering from having too much attention in high school.  By the time I got to college, I did not want any more attention focused on me.  It prevented me from participating in some activities that would have been a lot of fun.  Ah well, can’t focus on regrets.  I’m trying to make up for it now.  ha ha.

Uniquely Souled Custom TOMS (FB) From Fayetteville, AR

November 28th, 2014 Comments off


Arkansas News Flashback: KTHV Little Rock, credited for saving lives during the 1997 Tornado outbreak in Arkansas

October 23rd, 2014 Comments off

KTHV, virtual channel 11 (VHF digital channel 12), is a CBSaffiliated television station located in Little RockArkansasUnited States


On March 1, 1997, KTHV chief meteorologist Ed Buckner went on the air to cover a significant tornado outbreak that caused damage to much of Arkansas, and produced two destructive F4 tornadoes (out of three that touched down in the state that day): one that touched down near Beirne and struck Arkadelphia, and another that hit the southern and eastern suburbs of Little Rock (causing severe damage in Benton).

The outbreak, which produced 19 tornadoes that day, killed 26 people, although it is believed that the death toll would have been much higher without the advance warning provided by Buckner and the rest of the KTHV weather staff.

In 2002, KTHV became the first television station in the Little Rock market to erect a digital antenna and the first broadcast a digital television signal.


From Arkansas Tourism . . . and artist Rebecca Ann Edwards

August 23rd, 2014 Comments off
Arkansas Tourism: Our friends at the King Biscuit Blues Festival just unveiled the winning entry for the 2014 poster contest.
This piece, entitled “The Blues Landscape of the South” is by artist Rebecca Ann Edwards and will be featured on official KBBF merchandise. The 29th annual King Biscuit Blues Festival will be held in historic Helena, Arkansas on Oct. 8-11.  


Thanks to Arkansas Historic Preservation Program – Cool Old Bus Station – Love it!

June 13th, 2014 Comments off



The Blytheville Bus Station is the only remaining “Art Moderne” Greyhound bus terminal in the state of Arkansas.  It stands as one of the purest examples of the Art Moderne style existing in the state’s commercial architecture and is one of the finest examples exhibiting structural glass in its design.  This isolated island-type station is unique in its small town setting.  The exterior facade remains entirely intact with no alterations.  The interior is relatively intact and still reflects its original design and purpose.

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Hartung Productions – Photo of Bridge at Cotter, Arkansas

June 3rd, 2014 Comments off



“Drove 412 across the top of Ark today and stopped at Cotter to snap a pic of the bridges and the White River. Some day we’re going to hang out for a weekend here!”  Brandon Hartung
Welcome to Cotter, Arkansas
“With a name like Trout Capital USA, its tough to talk about much of anything else other than fishing around these parts, but Cotter Arkansas has so much more to offer. Cotter and the White River is fabled trout fishing at its finest. The historic town of Cotter rests on a horseshoe bend in the river roughly 18 miles downstream of the Bull Shoals Lake Dam. With over 4 miles of riverfront access, Cotter is smack in the middle of the world famous stretches of river tail-waters that produce not only enormous fish, but lots of them! 

With clear, cold waters being generated from the depths of two lakes, the White River produces trophy Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat Trout throughout its first 50 miles, attracting fishermen from all over the world to come here and try their hand at fishing in the Ozark Mountains of North Central Arkansas. Field and Stream and Outdoor Life have both rated Cotter and the surrounding Twin Lakes Region as one of the top fishing and retirement destinations in America. So whether you’re an accomplished fly fisherman, spin caster or novice, you’ll have the time of your life making Cotter either a permanent dwelling or a vacation destination for the whole family! 

When you’ve caught (and maybe released) your limit of rainbow trout, you’ll want to stroll around Cotter’s historic downtown area to see the restored buildings, and shop for antiques or a special gift for those you care about. Cotter offers restaurants, lodging, camping, shopping, parks, springs, trails, sightseeing and relaxation at its finest.”

A Gracious letter from Maya Angelou to the Fayetteville, AR Public Library

May 29th, 2014 Comments off

544769_10150667693066816_1938910273_nFrom my cousin Paula Bookout on FB, May 26, 2014

Our friend Paul Johnson posted this beautiful statement from Maya Angelou:

Maya Angelou, who died today, was forced because of ill health to cancel an April speaking engagement at the Fayetteville Public Library, where my son, David, is the executive director. She sent the following poignant letter regarding her inability to come to FPL. It’s one of the greatest letters I’ve ever read:

Dr. Angelou issued this statement in regards to missing the FPL appearance:

“Dear Fayetteville Public Library, Arkansas Family and Friends,

I am profoundly saddened that I am unable to be with you on Friday, April 11, 2014. I long to come to the state of Arkansas, in general, and I long to be in Fayetteville, in particular. I learned in Arkansas at a very young age from my grandmother who taught me, ‘when you learn, teach and when you get, give’.

“In Arkansas I also learned not to complain. I was taught that there are people all over the world who have less than I have and who would give anything for a portion of my possessions. They went to sleep last night as I went to sleep and they never awakened. Their beds have become their cooling boards and their blankets have become their winding sheets and they would give anything and everything for what I was complaining about.

“In Arkansas, I learned to trust love, not the romance of it, but the heart of it. In Arkansas I learned to have respect for friendship, to honor it, to trust it and to build it.

“An unexpected ailment put me into the hospital. I will be getting better and the time will come when I can receive another invitation from my state and you will recognize me for I shall be the tall Black lady smiling.

“I ask you to please keep me in your thoughts, in your conversation and in your prayers.

I am,
Maya Angelou”

Can’t you just feel that cold water on your toes? Let’s go wading in Little Red River!

May 15th, 2014 Comments off

Little Red River, emerging icy cold from beneath massive dam at Greers Ferry Lake is a premier-class trout stream. Trout were introduced to the Little Red in 1966, some three years after the completion of the lake project. Rainbows, browns and cutthroats are caught for some 35-river miles below the dam. Howard “Rip” Collins caught a 40-pound, four-ounce world record brown on the river in 1992…a mark that stood until 2009.

Little Red River Heber Sprgs.

The Little Red offers 29 miles of ideal trout habitat below Greers Ferry Dam at Heber Springs, Arkansas. Brown trout running 5 to 8 pounds are common, and a 20- to 30-pounder is always possible in the river that produced the 40-pound, 4-ounce world record.

The brown trout spawning run occurs from mid-October through November, making these especially good times to fish. This popular Ozark Mountain tailwater trout stream is beautiful in its own special way, running clear and cold, skirted by scenic hardwood hillsides alive with wildlife – otters, raccoons, deer, ducks, songbirds and eagles.


How Quickly Life Can Change

May 4th, 2014 Comments off


My high school friend, Belva Simpson Long, had her home demolished by a tornado that tore through Vilonia, AR.  She is safe, which is the most important thing, but it had to have been a terrible shock to see her house reduced to this rubble.  Our prayers are with you, Belva.

photo shared by Tim Simpson

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