Jonesboro’s Troubled Spring

By Kenneth Heard Toni Holmes noticed the train stopped at the Prospect Road railroad crossing near her home in eastern Jonesboro on March 28 and thought it was strange. Trains usually pass through quickly so as not to hinder traffic on the busy road, but this southbound freight had been idling quietly at the crossing…

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The Truth Is Out There

By Kenneth Heard   Colored orbs of light zigzag across the Arkansas night sky. Metallic discs hover over tree lines and triangle-shaped crafts cruise over roads. Rocks levitate, and instruments record odd electrical pulses emitted from mysterious things …   Whatever is causing the phenomenon is out there, but so are those who hope to…

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Bars, Bats and Brothels

by Kenneth Heard   Photos courtesy of Garland County Historical Society   Babe Ruth’s Legacy Cemented by Hot Springs   George “Babe” Herman Ruth had already established himself as a premier left-handed pitcher when his Boston Red Sox traveled to Hot Springs for spring training in 1918. In his four years in the major leagues,…

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A Weekend Of Love

By Kenneth Heard   Whether it’s the rich aroma of sweet chocolate or fresh mountain breezes and scents of cooked ribeye and chicken, love is in the air in Arkansas this Valentine’s Day weekend.   And, despite the Natural State’s next-to-last ranking as one of the least amorous states in the country by Wallethub.com, a…