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Ricky Don Jones

For Greenwood Bulldog football Coach Rick Jones, the game is just the means for teaching youngsters to work together, and how to roll with life’s ups and downs

Subscriber onlyJason Allen, Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback for three seasons in the early 1990s, got his first taste of football success on Aug. 9, 1988, at a team meeting for Edmond Memorial High School in Edmond, Okla. Continue reading...

Troopers, boys happy campers

Subscriber onlyKaylon Powell, a loquacious 13-year-old student at Mann Arts and Science Magnet Middle School in Little Rock, remembers his first Summer Boys Camp. Continue reading...

'No-shave November' grows into bushy year

Subscriber onlyIt's hard not to have noticed that for a while now, young guys who aren't even Amish have been sporting epic beards ... yes, even in this heat. It's not just Willie and Jules Robertson of the Duck Dynasty family; cats like James Harden, the Houston Rockets shooter, now sport Old Dutch, Darwin and other facial-hair styles. Continue reading...

Juneteenth turns 150

Mosaic Templars hosts celebration of emancipation, black culture

Subscriber onlyThe popularity of Juneteenth celebrations in general is growing. Little Rock's Mosaic Templars Cultural Center hosted this year's sesquicentennial of the holiday, a celebration of the end of slavery in the 19th century, as well as a nod to black culture and black achievement. Continue reading...

'Make-believe' husband finally became real deal

Subscriber onlyNet Lessel played house with a friend when she was 9, and Earl P. "Pete" Vowell was always her make-believe husband. So make believe that Pete had no inkling of that. He was 16. Continue reading...

Aces on Bridge

Subscriber onlyDEAR MR. WOLFF: During the auction, are you allowed (or even supposed) to use the terms: "alert," "skip bid," "transfer," "jump shift" and so on? I would like to be proven right or wrong so as not to continue this haranguing with my opponents. I have researched the printed word and searched the Internet, but cannot find a definitive answer. Continue reading...

Managing guest lists

Subscriber onlyWedding planner Joyce Scardina Becker has a simple system for compiling wedding guest lists. Divide people into three categories: yes, maybe and no. Continue reading...

Athletes' fete

200 top high school achievers honored at gala with sportscaster Dick Vitale

Subscriber onlyThere's prom, there's commencement, and for gifted and feted athletes in the state, there's this other late-spring thing requiring finery and separate forks for salad, entree and dessert: the All Arkansas Preps awards banquet. In just its third year, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's ceremony inside the Wally Allen Ballroom has the feel of a statewide "graduation" for A-list high school athletes. Continue reading...

2 scholarships served up at Cooking for College

Subscriber onlyFace it, food-tasting events often end up too enthusiastic, with people jockeying for position to enjoy food that always seems to run out too soon. After the 12th annual Cooking for College benefit on June 14 -- maybe because the presenters are pros -- there was enough left for to-go boxes. Continue reading...

All that jazz

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Jazz Heritage Foundation/Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame held its annual Jazz Celebration and fundraiser June 15 at The Afterthought Bistro and Bar in Little Rock. The event featured music by the John Bush Quartet and included a tribute to the late jazz trumpeter/flugelhornist Clark Terry. Pictured are drummer Bryan Withers; upright bassist Bill Huntington; pianist Chris Porter; bassist and 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Joe Vick; foundation secretary Alita Mantels; 1994 Hall of Fame inductee Buck Powell; foundation president James Thomson; and tenor saxophonist John Bush. Continue reading...

Stain doesn't mean curtains for silk tie; clean it yourself

Subscriber onlyQ. I have a big ol' stain on one of my favorite ties. This tie makes my favorite tie-shirt combo (even though they are both now 3 years old). Is it doomed or is there any way to really get a spot out of a tie? Do I need to dryclean it or would that be even worse? Continue reading...

For lasting romance, love notes still count

Subscriber only"If I were Luke Skywalker, I would deny my destiny to rule the galaxy," the writer of this love letter proclaims, then goes on to promise his beloved to forgo immortality with Arwen (a Tolkien character) and tell the Exiles (from The Matrix) that he cannot be their savior. Continue reading...

Madeline Elizabeth Cranford - Robert Crawford Pitcock

Marriage vows were exchanged by Madeline Elizabeth Cranford and Robert Crawford Pitcock at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 20, in St. Mark's Episcopal Church. The Rev. Carey Stone of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in North Little Rock and Deacon Len Griffin of St. Mark's officiated. Continue reading...

Rebekah Joyce Raine - Logan Hobbs Kuhn

Wedding vows were exchanged by Rebekah Joyce Raine and Logan Hobbs Kuhn at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 20, in Fellowship Bible Church with Brandon Barnard officiating. Continue reading...

Jenna Theresa Bullard - Geoffrey Matthew Bird

Jenna Theresa Bullard and Geoffrey Matthew Bird exchanged marriage vows at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 19, in St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church in New Orleans. The Rev. Luis Rodriguez officiated. Continue reading...

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