• Debtors’ prisons: Not a thing of the past

    In this recession era of shrinking budgets and more than 100 years after the U.S. Supreme Court abolished debtors’ prisons, you might be surprised to learn that several states are still carrying on the practice of throwing people in prison who are too poor to …

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  • Catholic charities taking money from Obama to help illegal aliens

    During the 2012 presidential election, Republicans thought they found a sure path to victory. While it was obvious that long-coveted Hispanics weren’t going to budge, a different group (which an overwhelming majority of Hispanics belong) showed promise. Gallup found that America’s Roman Catholic vote has …

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  • A change of heart

    Isaac’s family had been brutally murdered by the Germans, and he had joined the war with revenge in his heart. But after Berlin fell to the Allies, he found some compassion for a starving 4-year-old German girl who tried to steal his food. The old …

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  • I scream, you scream, we all scream for Yarnell’s Ice Cream

    Summer in Arkansas means long, hot days and starry nights. It is a time for kids staying up late chasing fireflies in their back yards and jumping into puddles of water to beat the heat. It also means ice cream. And in Arkansas, the Yarnell’s …

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  • Hobo symbols saved many a soldier returning home

    Last week was unseasonably cool, a blessed divergence from the typical Arkansas July weather. While church, family and school reunions are happening across the nation, many folks are taking time to honor ancestors who fought in the Civil War. It remains the most deadly of …

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  • About Town

    Broadway made its way to Batesville. This past weekend, a standing room only crowd had the opportunity to see the Batesville Community Theatre’s performance of “Nunsense The Mega-Musical Version” at Lyon College’s Holloway Theatre, and the performance was impressive. “Nunsense” tells the story of the …

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  • General commanded itineraries

    One hundred fifty years ago, the commanding Union officer in Little Rock urged his district commanders to keep itineraries of all expeditions and scouting efforts. The general’s directive included full descriptions of the sprawling road systems that criss-crossed the state, forage locations, water courses, towns, …

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  • Bellamys may be the best country duo ever

    Over the years I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to interview the senior member of the legendary Bellamy Brothers on a number of occasions. The most recent opportunity came a few days ago, and in case you may not know which Bellamy I’m …

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  • Surviving Disney

    Last week, our family got back from a fabulous vacation at the magical world of Disney. It’s been almost 15 years since I went and at the time, my son was only 6. My husband hadn’t been in 20 years and it was a first …

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  • WWI turns 100

    Kudos to the nation’s newspaper editors for making a valiant effort to prepare us for the upcoming (July 28) 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. Fred Mertz got his “doughboy” uniform out of mothballs on “I Love Lucy,” you may have …

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  • Carl Garner, the man behind Greers Ferry Lake

    William Carl Garner was a good-natured and gracious man, but through his many years of hard work became the man who put Greers Ferry Lake on the map and became the heart of the northcentral Arkansas lake community. Garner was born in Sulphur Rock in …

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  • In the age of ‘Digital Cheese,’ we’re the rats

    Plenty of people had good reason to be in a foul mood back in 2012. The Detroit Tigers. Members of the Romney family. And, after making the acquaintance of a windy lass named Sandy, most of New England. Now, we can add to that list …

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