The Story Behind The Unexpected

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hree people stand taller than all the rest in the Arkansas border town of Fort Smith. Last month, AY Magazine showcased the convergence of the Unexpected Festival and the Peacemaker Music Festival; in 2017, for the first time, the two events came together to hold an art and culture extravaganza in Fort Smith during the…

Elvis in Arkansas

[dropcap]E[/dropcap]lvis was born in Tupelo and later made Memphis his home, but he was no stranger to Arkansas. Before his music was heard around the world, it was heard throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and many points in between. In the 1950s, Elvis and his band kept up a rigorous road schedule, playing country…

Gone Girl: The Disappearance of Ebby Steppach

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n a breathtakingly beautiful day in downtown Little Rock — as the press conference announcing a $50,000 reward for information on the disappearance of Ebby Steppach concludes — a phalanx of reporters splinters in all directions to get additional comments. Laurie Jernigan removes her oversized sunglasses and gazes calmly into the reporter’s camera lens. A…

Cosmetic Surgery for Men on the Rise

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e tend not to raise an eyebrow when talking about cosmetic surgery for women. But those eyebrows might begin to rise when the topic turns to male cosmetic surgery. However, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in the past five years there has been a 40 percent increase nationwide in the number…