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North Arkansas offers safe adventures and fun
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Written by Arkansas Tourism   
Friday, August 21, 2020 12:00 AM

While travel looks a little different right now, Arkansas is still very much open for business. Locations across the state are taking special measures to make sure visitors can continue to enjoy all that The Natural State has to offer.

In the Northwest and North Central part of the state, you’ll find a variety of attractions, lodging, and dining options as well as activities, indoors and out, to fill your days with safe fun. 

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What Do Walrus Heads, Warriors and Dragons All Have In Common?
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Written by Explore Fairbanks   
Thursday, August 20, 2020 12:00 AM

What do walrus heads, warriors and dragons all have in common? They all play a role in the mythos surrounding the aurora borealis. Nowadays we look to the heavens and know that electrons from space are colliding with nitrogen and oxygen gases in the sky to create ethereal auroras in greens, reds, pinks and blues. But in the days of yore peoples would craft fantastic stories about what was occurring in the night sky. Here in Alaska, the most well-known aurora legend told by the indigenous people of the Arctic is that the northern lights were spirits of the dead playing ball with a walrus head. Northern European Norse mythology indicated that the aurora were the spirits of valiant warriors ascending a fire bridge into the heavens. In Asian lore, the northern lights were thought to be good and evil dragons battling each other in the sky. These powerful myths reveal how people were, and still are, awe inspired by the aurora weaving across the night sky.  

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Mama Dip’s Legacy Lives on in Chapel Hill and beyond
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Written by Chapel Hill   
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 12:00 AM
Mama Dip's

It’s been a long hot summer in Chapel Hill. Local independent restaurant owners are nervous, because their future has never been more uncertain. To sustain us until the path ahead is clear, all we can do is look to the past and tell the stories of those who have come before us. They can bring us hope and strength, knowing we’re not the first to endure hard times.

Think of the late Mildred Council, better known as Mama Dip. Her restaurant is famous around the world now, but it’s just around the corner from us, on Rosemary Street. It’s hot with cornbread muffins, collard greens, and pies in the oven. It’s such a part of our community that it feels like it’s been here forever. 

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Up to something outdoors in North Little Rock, Arkansas
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Written by North Little Rock   
Thursday, August 13, 2020 04:10 PM
To curb the spread of COVID-19, some North Little Rock attractions and restaurants are temporarily closed or have reduced hours. Please check NorthLittleRock.org and free planning app for updated information. As always, our visitors' safety is our top priority. 
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Ozark Highlands Radio Receives Arkansas Country Music Award
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Written by Arkansas State Parks   
Thursday, August 13, 2020 12:10 PM

(MOUNTAIN VIEW, Ark.) – Ozark Highlands Radio (OHR), the Ozark Folk Center State Park’s public radio program, received the award for “Podcast of the Year” recently at the 2020 Arkansas Country Music Awards. 

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Remembering a Good Woman
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Written by Chapel Hill   
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 02:11 PM

Donna Coffey

In this year of irrevocable change and loss, another name must be added to that long and growing list of what was but is no longer. Donna Baker died July 31, 2020 in her Orange County home. Donna was the clerk for the Orange County Commissioners since 2002, and unless you worked for or with Orange County, you may not recognize her name or know her work. But you should.. 

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Shop Owner Finds a Way for Branson’s Locals and Visitors to Take a Shine to Wearing Face Masks
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Written by Branson Convention & Visitors Bureau   
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:06 PM

Aug. 12, 2020 -- Branson/Lakes Area, Mo. – A Branson/Lakes Area business owner has found a way to use her unique skill set to help others make the best of the current situation and encourage them to have a little fun while protecting themselves and others. Sue Braun, the owner of Classic Creations & More, a shop that specializes in “bling-ing” things, has offered to accessorize cloth face masks for free until her supplies run out. 

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Arkansas Tourism Director Travis Napper named to Travel South USA Board of Directors
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Written by Arkansas Tourism   
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 02:32 PM

Travis Napper, director of Arkansas Tourism, has been named to the board of directors for Travel South USA and will serve as the 2020-2021 chair of the Advertising Committee. Travel South USA is the official regional destination marketing organization for the southern United States. 

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Big Bend National Park Reopens For Day Use August 7th 
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Written by Visit Big Bend   
Thursday, August 06, 2020 02:32 PM

Alpine, Texas – (August 6th, 2020)  The Brewster County Tourism Council and Visit Big Bend have received notice from Big Bend National Park and the National Park Services that beginning Friday August 7th at 9am, Big Bend National Park will reopen to the public in a limited capacity for day use only. 

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