• First Cherokees fled to Arkansas

    Most historians think of Arkansas Cherokees as the people who settled on a reservation located between the White and Arkansas rivers, starting in 1817. They were forced west by Euro-American expansion into their homelands in the Carolinas and Georgia. However, about 1,000 Cherokees began migrating …

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  • Sick of McMansions: Why Americans want smaller, cozier houses

    Get this: Americans are getting sick of McMansions. So says The Wall Street Journal in a recent report. Americans are favoring more historic designs, such as the arts-and-crafts houses their grandparents once lived in, over gargantuan suburban houses. A new style of housing developer is …

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  • Correct spelling, canceled

    As an American, I laugh at those archaic British spellings. Colour? Honour? Their inferiourity, if you will, is obvious. Centre? Theatre? Ridiculous. Most of these barbaric forms were corrected in America hundreds of years ago. Yet one galling Britishism is appearing on my computer screen …

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  • Welcome to the real world

    My son left home last month after a nice long Christmas break, to start the second semester of his junior year in college. Wow. I can’t believe I am even able to type that sentence. Where has the time gone? What happened to that 5-pound, …

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  • Faceless addicts are just ‘junkies’; celebrities, ‘victims’

    On Sunday we were shocked by the news Philip Seymour Hoffman had been found dead. After all, he was just 46 years old, in the prime of his life and career. He was a brilliant actor, capable of playing an amazing range of roles. An …

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  • Tallest building in Arkansas

    Most people know Arkansas for its natural beauty. The towering forests and rocky hills and mountains have drawn tourists for many years. Central Arkansas has some of the tallest natural landforms in the state. While the beauty is breathtaking, man has sought to rival these …

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  • Some Willie Nelson relatives hail from Independence Co.

    I was completely unaware that all of the relatives of Willie Hugh Nelson, born April 29, 1933 in Abbott, Texas were from Searcy, Independence and Newton counties until a family member called me asking that I do a story for the paper, then friends starting …

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  • Super Bowl viewers really ‘ad’ up

    Has anyone invented a DVR that automatically skips the programs so you can watch only the commercials? Based on the frenzy over the elaborately produced ads for Super Bowl XLVIII, you’d think there would be a market for such a thing. A colleague of mine, …

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  • New year, new law for record expungements

    At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, Arkansas’ expungement laws finally had its overhaul put in place. Passed this last legislative session, the Comprehensive Criminal Record Sealing Act of 2013 changes the way ex-offenders clear one of the biggest obstacles they face to …

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  • Ark. man holds record for executions

    George Maledon carried out more than 60 legal executions at Fort Smith, as ordered by Judge Isaac Parker between 1872 and 1894. He seemed to enjoy his job. Maledon was born in Germany in 1830 and migrated to the United States as a child, with …

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  • Ancient aliens gave up on us

    I’ve heard it said before that every single thing you ever hear or see leaves an imprint on your brain that never goes away. Well if that’s the case then there are definitely some things I don’t want imprinting on my brain: TV shows such …

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  • Reproductive rights and the ‘golden rule’

    When our government was framed, religion was granted freedom in hopes it would return the favor. Call it the Great American Gamble. Give something authoritative in nature free reign and have faith it won’t take over. Here’s the primary debate of a free country: When …

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