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Our Place Changed Our Lives

November is a time of gratitude, a month where we pause to appreciate some of the most important unsung heroes among us—family caregivers. Most of these devoted individuals quietly shoulder emotional, physical, and financial burdens to ensure the well-being of their loved ones enduring a health journey. Two caregivers, Jean Phillips and Harriet Hopkins, share the blessing of finding the Alzheimer's Alliance Tri-State Area and Our Place Day Respite Center and how it changed their lives.

Home for the Holidays (kind of)

My siblings like to say my parents really started spoiling me after they left for college. I’m still not convinced I didn’t get the worse end of the whole birth order deal. James, Sophia, and I (in that order) are spaced out perfectly. With a little less than two years between each of us, we’ve spent most of our collective lives in the same collective stage–with the same neighborhood friends, involved in the same sports leagues or teams, and a part of the same youth group.

Instinct of the Heart

“There is no instinct like that of the heart.” —Lord Byron … Sometimes, you just have an instinct…a hard-to-describe, out-of-the-blue feeling that can get the ball rolling to lead your life down a path previously unseen. … We were blessed beyond measure with three precious sons. However, there was this feeling that someone was missing from our family. Adoption had crossed our minds in the past, but my husband and I were really unsure how to get started.

Veteran Warren Ward Honored at Ashdown High School's Annual Alumni Banquet

Warren Ward, a graduate of Ashdown High School in the Class of 1980, was honored at the 2023 Alumni Banquet on Saturday, October 28 at the Ashdown High School Cafeteria. He was recognized for his remarkable achievements as a retired United States Air Force (USAF) Colonel and his significant contributions as a B-52 pilot during Operation Desert Storm. … In January 1991, Warren Ward was part of a historic combat mission involving seven B-52 bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base. Their objective was to deliver cruise missiles into Iraq to initiate the Gulf War. Ward piloted the No.

Local or Lose It

Working at Riffraff Boutique in Fayetteville, Arkansas, was definitely one of the highlights of my college years! I was a shopgirl and model there for four years and had the time of my life. Not only did I indulge my shopping addiction, but I also developed the ability to connect with all sorts of people. Working at a small-town boutique taught me so much about the industry, but most importantly, it showed me how important it is to shop locally! … Texarkana has transformed immensely since my high school days for the better!

A History in Halloween

Halloween, as we know it today, is a delightful blend of ancient traditions and more recent cultural influences. Its history is a fascinating journey through time, filled with spooky tales, colorful customs, and a dash of magic. … The origins of Halloween can be traced back over 2,000 years to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which was celebrated in what is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France. Samhain marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter.


Fighting Opioid Addiction in Arkansas

The opioid crisis has had a widespread and destructive impact on Arkansas. Individuals have struggled to overcome addiction and communities have invested in treatment and recovery to break the cycle of dependence, giving families hope in the fight against opioid abuse. … Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is now the number one cause of overdose deaths in our state. Federal, state, and local leaders are implementing a wide range of strategies to combat this devastating reality.


Remember Me with Joy

One out of four could be a statistic that points to many different things, but in this instance, it is the statistic that is a measure for the number of pregnancies that end in loss. (cdc.gov) So many of these families have not shared that news with friends or family. Often, they may not share because they feel the awkward silence or responses may be more than they can handle. … Fearfully and Wonderfully Made is a nonprofit ministry that supports families with babies in the NICU. In 2022, an extension ministry was created to step into the space of pregnancy and infant loss.

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