• Col. Faulkner’s Arkansaw Traveler

    Sandford C. Faulkner never held elective office, never wrote a book and never traveled extensively. However, his folklore story of how a backwoods squatter outwitted an educated city slicker made Faulkner one of the leading characters in Arkansas history. The early history of Col. Faulkner …

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  • About Town

    A long time ago, the first movie I remember seeing as a youngster was a Chuck Norris flick called “Lone Wolf McQuade.” While I don’t remember much about the plot of that movie, I’m sure that Chuck Norris killed a bunch of bad guys and …

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  • Solon Borland was one of many Arkansans who opposed compromise

    He was a man of many passions and many ambitions. And in the early years of Arkansas statehood, a time that attracted many men with restless spirits and towering ambitions to the area, Solon Borland was one of the standouts. A politician, veteran, physician, and …

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  • Today’s society: Entitlement and ‘gimme, gimme, gimme’

    I’m sure by now everyone has heard the word “entitlement” used to describe people in today’s society. The word is used almost daily by a variety of different groups with all sorts of agendas. Sometimes I wonder if anyone really knows what an “entitlement” is …

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  • Caraway was first woman elected to U.S. Senate

    Hattie Caraway was not going to stay quiet. Her husband dead only a few months and already having had to fight an election to keep his seat in the United States Senate, the nation’s only woman senator was determined not to be ignored and pushed …

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  • Old-fashioned names making a comeback

    Get this: Old-fashioned baby names are beginning to make a comeback. That was the finding of BabyCenter, a digital resource for parenting and pregnancy, which released the top 100 baby names for 2013. Some of the names at the top of the list are oldies …

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  • Lumps, skin lesions, though scary, shouldn’t be cause for worry

    You notice a lump on your child’s neck. Was it there yesterday? Where did it come from? The average parent’s mind begins to race, and it isn’t long before they’re consulting Dr. Google. The good news is that the lump is probably not a threat …

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  • Maggio should step down now

    It surprised no one that following a week of turmoil, Circuit Judge Mike Maggio pulled out of the race for the Arkansas Court of Appeals. What does surprise us, however, is why Maggio is still sitting in his current seat. Maybe it’s not that surprising. …

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  • GOP going nuclear on ‘battlefield of ideas’

    CPAC — the political convention that is to conservatives what ComicCon is to nerds — did not sort out the Republican field for 2016, but it did reveal something much scarier. Unlike most years when Republicans insist they should fight for ideals they never define, …

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  • There are better ways to cut military spending

    Is it really a surprise that the governors of all 50 states are pushing back against President Obama’s push to cut their National Guard troops? The difference between the Democratic president’s approach and that of Republicans like Sen. Tom Coburn is the president wants to …

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  • Nuttall’s Arkansas book brought fame

    Just as explorer Henry Rowe Schoolcraft was departing Arkansas in early 1819, naturalist Thomas Nuttall was entering the territory to study plants, wildlife and “aborigines” along his planned route. Nuttall, born in 1786 in Yorkshire, England, was an apprentice under famed botanist John Windsor. His …

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  • Men, your love life needs a pickup (truck)

    There’s a reason why American men drive big pickup trucks: Women dig them. A new poll by Insure, an independent consumer insurance website, found that women think attractive men are most likely to be driving a pickup truck. The survey asked 2,000 men and women …

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