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December 2012 Issue

Happens Here Every Sunday
In America, you can attend a Sunday School class taught by a former president. It happens in Plains, Ga. every Sunday.
Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Linda and Keith Geraghty of Fort Smith share their story of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail.
Slideshow: A Gallery of Winter Style
A slideshow of fashion inspiration from selected shops for dressing for holiday occasions.

November 2012 Issue

A Small Sack Lunch Makes a Mighty Difference
One sack lunch at a time, volunteers fight hunger in Fort Smith.
Keeping stats for Roland Rangers has Richards on the run
Fort Smith's Fire Chief Mike Richards chases the football action on Friday nights. He's been keeping game statistics for the Roland Rangers for more than 20 years.
Slideshow: That Extra Touch to Accent a Home for Autumn
Entertainment Fort Smith got the chance to play house during the 2012 Showcase Home’s open house last month. How could we resist the chance to add décor from selected area shops?

October 2012 Issue

Above It All: Aerial photography of the Ozarks
Photographer and pilot J.P. Bell has been photographing our region from the air over many years.
Colorful skies at the Poteau Balloon Festival
Poteau Balloon Festival Oct. 19-20
From the teachers to their twirlers, Southside High School Majorettes shine
An outstanding majorette line has become a tradition with the Southside High School Rebel Band.

September 2012 Issue

130 is the best year ever at Clayton House
Clayton House is getting older but its volunteers and visitors are getting younger.
A Bench for Mrs. Howe
A beloved preschool teacher who taught for more than 40 years, Mrs. Ruth Howe was memorialized with a bench in Carol Ann Cross Park.
Have Dad, Will Travel
An adventurous father shares his love of travel with his daughter and finds she's ready to travel the world.
Sept. 29 Summer Festival will support the rebirth of Mansfield's Dixie Theatre
An outdoor bluegrass festival at Mansfield City Lake Park on Sept. 29 will raise funds to restore the old Dixie Theatre.
Trio of First Tee Fort Smith members played impressive courses this summer
Three young members of the First Tee of Fort Smith earned tee times at major courses this summer

August 2012 Issue

Chaffin’s partners take a unified approach
Chaffin Junior High's partners take a team approach
Editors Notes: More than a few good men
Researching the Partners in Education story this month, I met more than a few good men.
For ERC's Rod Coleman, Barling Elementary is personal.
For Rod Coleman, Barling Elementary is personal. He attended school there and can name three teachers who changed his life.
Men who mentor make a difference, Tim Bailey finds
Businessman Tim Bailey loves a challenge, so he volunteered as a mentor.
Official or not, sometimes Arvest just helps anyway
Partners in Education help their own schools and often pitch in at others
On the Air - An exhibit of Fort Smith's Broadcast History
The call signs, the anchormen, the TV stations of the past in one exhibit at the Fort Smith Museum of History
Partners in Education is going strong after 30 years
It's hard to show the BIG PICTURE of Partners in Education but here's a slideshow of winning partners.
The Taco Man doesn't mind his nickname
Spradling Elementary benefits from both its old and new partners, like Taco Bell and new partner Nolan, Caddell & Reynolds Law Firm.

July 2012 Issue

Backyard Bride
Chelsey Roberts and Josh Casey
Chapel of Love
Danielle Spoon and Chris Ross
Dream Big
Maegan Ray and Josh London
Here Come the Brides - Our Annual Weddings Issue
Five real weddings - hundreds of ideas
Jane's Garden
Jane Smith's gardening experience is all uphill, but she loves it.
Lucky in Love
Audra Redden and Matthew Lucas
On the (Grassfed) Farm
Our gal Saturday, Reba Mize, visits an unusual farm with her own secret mission – to hug a pig. Fortunately, these enlightened farmers are into that.
Vows on the Ranch
Julie Phensavath and J.T. Richards

June 2012 Issue

Historical Plaques with a high-tech twist
A trail of new bronze markers with extended online information will tell some of Fort Smith’s history
Preparing for ambitious musical is transformative for young actors
The challenge of ‘Les Mis’ taken by Young Actors Guild

May 2012 Issue

Akin's comprehensive history of executions becomes a book
When Jerry Akins spent eight weeks sweating at Fort Chaffee in the summer of 1957, little did he know he would one day become a permanent resident and published historian of Fort Smith.
Bluebirds of Happiness
Our gal Saturday, Reba Mize, has Monday adventures with “the Bluebird Lady”
Frog Bayou: A Whitewater Playground
Canoeist and photographer J.P. Bell's appreciation of Arkansas' Frog Bayou
Jim, Craig and Bass: How an idea became a monument
The creative volunteers who succeeded in making the Bass Reeves monument real.
News photographer Carrol Copeland to retire
News photographer Carrol Copeland is retiring his professional gear May 24 after 38 years (and four days) with the Times Record.
Who was Bass Reeves?
Bass Reeves endures in history even though little is left of a historical record. Who was he?

April 2012 Issue

A Few Words from Dublin
A massive work of art by Maser shows up in Fort Smith
Alma's Red Rooster Bistro is a taste of home
Home-Style Cooking at Red Rooster Bistro
April 2012 Contents
Click the slideshow to see the cover and table of contents.
April in Paris
Our gal Saturday, Reba Mize, shares another (almost) free weekend adventure in a trip to Paris!
Big Help on One Big Day of Caring
United Way's Day of Caring accomplishes a lot in one day
Blooming Classroom
Gardening Classroom Blooms with Knowledge at the Learning Fields
C.C. Lockwood: Putting his stamp on history
A photograph by C.C. Lockwood, a Fort Smith native, will appear on the U.S. Postal Service Stamp marking the bicentennial of Louisiana's statehood.
GRIT Awards honor tourism contributions
Tourism achievements recognized at Fort Smith's new Movie Lounge

February 2012 Issue

2012 Readers Favorites
The readers have spoken and you chose these excellent businesses as your "Favorites." The winners also ducked into a photo booth for fun.
Favorite Day: Saturday!
Reba Mize knows how to wring every bit of fun out of a Saturday, taking in the best of what is free and right here at home.
Reader's Favorites
We get a say too! Here are a few examples of our favorite thing right now: great ideas led by ordinary people creating new events!

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