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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.

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Restaurants Aim at Being Green

Restaurants Aim at Being Green

Restaurants & FoodCover Story

The Green Restaurant Certification Program, if implemented, would encourage efforts by restaurants and other food-service providers to operate sustainably. read more >

Inflation Leads to Increasing Menu Prices

Inflation Leads to Increasing Menu Prices

Restaurants & Food

Arkansas restaurateurs, already contending with a resurgent pandemic, are also wrestling with the challenge of inflation, which is putting pressure on thin profit margins and has caused some to raise menu prices. read more >

Family Ties, 'Miracle' Aid Flying Burger

Family Ties, 'Miracle' Aid Flying Burger

Restaurants & Food

It takes more than experience and a family background to start a successful chain. For Robert Smith, owner and founder of the Flying Burger & Seafood restaurant chain, it required a popular concept, hard work and a “miracle.” read more >

Dorothy Shaver: Arkansas' Retail Genius

Dorothy Shaver: Arkansas' Retail Genius

Cover Story

Born in southwest Arkansas, Dorothy Shaver brought international fame to Lord & Taylor. Under her leadership for 14 years, the store's sales grew from $30 million to $100 million. read more >