• From Ireland to Izard County: John Maloy and early Sylamore

    Can you imagine being a young boy in Ireland in the early 1800s? Surviving the potato famine and with little hope of the future, John Maloy, born in Tyrone, Ireland, in 1805, boarded a merchant ship in 1832 leaving behind family and friends, the life …

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  • T-minus 28 months and counting

    Bust out the gin and tonics because this is shaping up to be one heck of a long hot summer, both weather-wise and politics-wise. All over the world, hostilities are flaring like out of control wildfires. While here at home, it’s the words that have …

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  • Reading Rainbow soaring free

    The extraordinary success of Reading Rainbow’s Kickstarter campaign — with a record-breaking hundred thousand donors chipping in over $5 million for distributing Reading Rainbow‘s literacy material as widely as possible to children, particularly those in greatest financial need — demonstrates how crowdfunding may shape up …

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  • We can’t leave these men behind

    The situation on Texas’ southern border is not the only refugee crisis facing the United States. Thousands of Afghan interpreters who need to get out before the Taliban kills them for collaborating with U.S. troops are stuck over there because the State Department has run …

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  • About Town

    If I mention the county fair, what’s the first thing you think of? Is it the lights of the midway on a hot summer night? Maybe it’s the smell of the animals in the barn getting ready for their yearly show. Perhaps it’s the vendors …

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  • 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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