Goodbye, Yarnell's

The Kruth Talks: July 14


After 75 years of production, Yarnell’s Ice Cream closed up shop late last month. The company was based in Searcy and employed about 200 workers. The dairy industry has been struggling for many years, and several years ago, the main dairy farm producer for Yarnell’s converted to a beef cattle ranch. That is among several financial factors that led to the shutdown.

Recently, Yarnell’s featured Razorback specialty flavors like the Pig Trail Mix and Razor Tracks. The local, family-run, independent business is seeking investors to purchase and perhaps reopen the facility.



Dog House


All but one of the Joplin, Mo., rescued dogs has found a home. 
An 8-month-old pointer mix named Eggs is the last dog looking for a home. For more information, contact the Joplin Humane Society at 417-623-3642 ext. 101.



News of the News


As part of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship LPGA tournament, Huey Lewis and the News is scheduled to perform a free concert in the Walton Arts Center parking lot on Sept. 9. No tickets are needed, and the show will begin at 8 p.m.


Summer’s Fading


The summer is just melting away … not only the heat, but the season. University Housing is already recruiting move-in volunteers for the upcoming fall semester. Volunteers are needed on Aug. 14, 17 and 18 in shifts from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sign up as an individual or group by sending an email to Include name(s), email addesses, T-shirt sizes, day and time you wish to volunteer and any medical restrictions. A variety of duties will be requested, including directing traffic, unloading cars, assisting residents moving into their rooms and helping with paperwork.



Appreciated, Naturally


Ozark Natural Foods in Fayetteville is hosting an Owner’s Appreciation weekend Saturday and Sunday. Owners will receive a 10 percent discount and can sign up for goody bag door prizes. The co-op’s board members will socialize over complimentary refreshments on Saturday morning.



Hog Hall Pass


The Razorback Student Access Pass went on sale on Monday. Available to students only, the pass gives admission to football and men’s basketball games for seating in the student section. The cost is $65 and can be purchased at the Student Tickets page on

The first public tickets for the inaugural 2011 Razorback football game are also up for sale. The Hogs will challenge Texas A&M at Cowboys Stadium on Oct. 1. Seats start at $85.

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