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Jan Cottingham

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Jan Cottingham is from western Arkansas and is a graduate of Hendrix College in Conway. She's always wanted to be a journalist and pretty much always has been, with one detour into the nonprofit world: editing Heifer International's magazine and serving as communications liaison for Nobel Peace Prize-winner Wangari Maathai of Kenya.

Cottingham began her career at the Arkansas Democrat and was the last city editor of the Arkansas Gazette. She was also metro editor at the Dallas Morning News. Her Influences? Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Penn Warren.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

Illegal Shipments of Wine Anger Arkansas Retailers, Wholesalers

The online wine clubs' come-ons are seductive: Shop at home, discover hard-to-find wines, open the box deposited at your door. Unfortunately, that delicious wine may be illegal. read more >

Craft Distiller Details Plans for Spa City

They may not achieve the same numbers as craft beer brewers, but small-batch, craft distilleries are definitely becoming a “thing” in Arkansas. read more >

Community Bakery Expects to Save Dough with Solar Power

Community Bakery announced earlier this month that it would be installing this fall a 102-panel solar array with each panel providing 350 watts. read more >

Papa John's Welcomes All In New Ads

Brant Barnes, a franchisee who lives in Fayetteville, has lent his voice to the effort to rebrand Papa John's after controversies caused by founder John Schnatter's racially charged remarks. read more >

Inspiration Day: Helping Mentally Ill Find Recovery

After a successful run in medical research, Carol Witham now devotes her energies to Inspiration Day Treatment of Little Rock, which provides mental health services to the most seriously chronically mentally ill patients. read more >

Smooth Move: Merger Forms Top Tropical Smoothie Franchisee

Little Rock is now home to the largest Tropical Smoothie Café franchisee in the United States, and Dyne Hospitality Group has plans to grow even bigger. read more >

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Makes Powerful Push Into Arkansas

In Arkansas, where Freddy's had four restaurants as of late 2017, the chain now has eight, with at least two more announced and even more likely after that. read more >

Atypical Coffee Not Your Regular Cup of Joe

Atypical Coffee of Little Rock sources its beans directly from coffee growers around the world and roasts them locally. read more >

Pine Bluff's Hotel Pines Undergoing a Transformation

Some people view a derelict hotel and see what has been lost. Others possess a different kind of vision: They see beyond what was lost to what remains and what can be again. Stuart Hee and his partners in the nonprofit Pine Bluff Rising are in the latter camp. read more >

New Frontier For Boomers: Aging in Place

As they have since they first started coming into it, baby boomers are having an outsized effect on the world, including the world of design, particularly residential architecture design. read more >