Arkansas Backstories: Cheese Dip

By Joe David Rice   Culinary enthusiasts find all sorts of especially notable goodies across Arkansas: apples, peaches, tomatoes, fried pies, barbecue, watermelon (both red- and yellow-meated), catfish and, of course, poultry.   However, certain vocal foodies will claim the state’s signature dish is cheese dip — and they can present a convincing case. For…

Coming Together

By Lauren McLemore, Madeline Burke and Dustin Jayroe   Amid a pandemic, Arkansans persist.   The last time the world stopped was on Sept. 11, 2001. A fateful day of terror that no American will ever forget. But it would be easy to argue that the past two months have been worse in a lot…

Saved By Zero

By Dwain Hebda The phone in Christie Erwin’s purse chirped. On some level, before she even fished it out, she knew who it was and what they wanted.  “I need help,” was all the text said.   The person on the other end — let’s call him Jack — isn’t legally one of Erwin’s children,…

Greater Than Anyone Imagined

By Lisa Fischer // Photos Courtesy of Brandon Burlsworth Foundation Brandon Burlsworth made his mark on collegiate football in a big way. Literally. The boy was almost 6-foot-4 and tipped the scales at more than 300 pounds. His heart weighed a good part of that. He was a gentle giant with an instinct to win.…

Outdoor Destinations

By Dustin Jayroe Photos Courtesy of Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Division of Parks and Tourism   As the summer quickly approaches, many Arkansans will (should) be making plans to enjoy the best of what our “Natural” state has to offer. From fishing to hiking to birdwatching, there is something out there for…

Magnolia, You Sweet Thing

By Joe David Rice, Photos by Casey Crocker   Editor’s note: Obviously, amid a pandemic, we know that making immediate travel arrangements falls counter to the state’s social distancing guidance. We want all of our readers to continue abiding by this directive so we can all do our part in flattening the curve of COVID-19…