Profile: Whitney Williams,
Miss Arkansas 2021
Whitney Williams grew up in Fairhope, Alabama, but says she was always a Razorback at heart. As she speaks of Arkansas and the Razorbacks, it’s obvious that her love for the state runs deep. Both of her parents grew up in Arkansas, and their families still live in Bryant and Osceola. Her mother, who attended the University of Arkansas in the ‘70s, loved taking Whitney to Razorback games.
Arts & Culture: Walton Arts Center Offers Art Experiences for Local Students
The Colgate Classroom Series is returning to Walton Arts Center with new and exciting ways for local students to learn. Walton Arts Center believes that access to the arts is essential for all children, and that’s why providing every child in Northwest Arkansas with exceptional and ongoing arts experiences is a priority for the organization.
Arts & Culture: TheatreSquared is Back and in Person for its 16th Season
And with new streaming options comes a national spotlight
While few industries were left untouched by the effects of coronavirus, none were quite as affected as live performance. But over the past year, Arkansas’ largest professional theater, TheatreSquared, proved that “the show must go on.”
Celebrating the 15th anniversary this month
#NWAChampionship Week has become much more than a golf tournament — it’s become a celebration of the Northwest Arkansas community and the people that make this region so special. To make it even more special, this year we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the tournament. Whether you’re a golf fan, looking for an affordable family activity or making fun weekend plans with friends, there’s something for everyone at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G. Mark your calendar for Sept. 20-26, for one of the best weeks of the year in Northwest Arkansas — you won’t want to miss it!
Living Spaces: Brian & Noel Reemtsen
Little Rock couple — fans of Razorback soccer and gymnastics — creates a spot for Fayetteville visits
For every home game this fall, Brian and Noel Reemtsen will join the caravan of sports fans heading from Little Rock to Fayetteville. When they arrive, they will stay in their newly renovated condo on Church Street. They’ll come to watch daughter Margot play defense on the Razorback soccer team. Margot was a freshman on last year’s team that won the SEC women’s soccer regular season and made it to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Soccer Tournament.
Eats & Drinks: Pizzeria Ruby
5519 Hackett St., Suite 100, Springdale | (479) 435-9494 | www.pizzeriaruby.com
After the final swallow of my second pink beer and the third bite of my fourth plate, my wife leaned over and whispered into my ear, “Do you really think the best pizza in Arkansas is in Johnson?”
Pizza is serious business to some people, and our family is no exception. My youngest daughter is so particular that she won’t bother coming to the kitchen if it’s a pie from a pizzeria she doesn’t like. And just to prove a point, a few years ago I stopped at two different pizza joints and swapped pies and boxes; yet she knew just by taking a glance and sniff, shoving the full box back into my arms with disgust. Yeah, pizza is serious business to some people.
Health: From the Expert
Know the Signs of Hearing Loss
Early intervention can improve quality of life
Early identification of hearing loss is key to long-term success. The expert physicians and doctorate-level audiologists at Ear, Nose and Throat Center of the Ozarks are specially trained to evaluate patients of all ages and make it a priority to ensure each individual has an outstanding, multi-disciplinary individualized treatment plan.
Nonprofit: Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas
Joining forces to better serve single-parent families
Two powerful organizations that have helped single parents in the region for decades recently combined to offer even more support to those who need them.
Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas, which previously served students from Washington, Carroll and Madison counties, and Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County announced their merger into one organization this summer.
Sports: Razorback Football Preview
Pittman, Razorbacks Will “Continue to Get Better”
It’s usually hard to build excitement for a football team with just three wins the previous year, but the Arkansas Razorbacks weren’t a typical three-win team last season.
In a pandemic-shortened, crowd-reduced 2020, head coach Sam Pittman went 3-7 in his first season against a Southeastern Conference-only schedule. That doesn’t usually equate to increased ticket sales or large TV audiences, but for perspective:
Health: From the Sidelines
U of A athletic trainers provide support and care for student athletes
Athletic trainers — multi-skilled health care professionals — often work in hospitals or as staff members on pro sports teams. But they’re also crucial in maintaining the health of student athletes like those on the University of Arkansas Razorbacks football team.
At the U of A, a staff of 18 certified athletic trainers provides state-of-the-art medical care for all athletes participating in intercollegiate athletics. These athletic trainers work collaboratively as part of a sports medicine team of physicians and specialists — in strength and conditioning, sports nutrition, and mental health and performance — so each team member can safely prepare for and excel in the upcoming year.