• 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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  • Our Katrina moment

    Before we move onto the next crisis, let’s get one thing straight about what’s happening on the Texas border. This is not Barack Obama’s Katrina moment. This is everyone’s Katrina moment. I do not relish criticizing Obama. I have defended him on Benghazi, the IRS, …

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  • French celebrate Bastille Day today

    Americans have the Fourth of July, and the French have Bastille Day — July 14. Bastille Day is the name given in English speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on July 14 each year. In France, it is formally called La …

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  • Carl Garner: Part of The Greatest Generation

    It was an honor to have served, as a member of Congress, and cooperated with Carl Garner as he maintained Greers Ferry Lake as resident engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Carl cared for the Lake like it was his own child and …

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  • About Town

    Last Friday night I had the opportunity to attend what I’m going to call the party of the summer. And to be honest, party doesn’t even begin to describe what it really was. Of course you may have guessed that I attended the annual firework …

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  • Confidence in government sinks: Should we care?

    Did you greet the news with horror, stoic resignation or yawns? I speak of the Gallup Poll (conducted between June 5 and 8) that reveals confidence in the presidency at the lowest point since the financial crisis at the tail end of the Bush administration …

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  • Some flour, a broom and a lesson on being needed

    As I looked down at the flour on the floor and the straw of the broom as it meets the floor at the edge of heap, I swiftly moved it through the white powder. In the motion, my mind sweeps over my memories and I …

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