• The Cherokees in Arkansas

    Almost 20 years before the infamous “Trail of Tears” removal of Eastern American Indians to Oklahoma reservations, northern Arkansas was selected as a Cherokee Reservation. The eastern boundary of their lands extended from near Morrilton on the Arkansas River to just upstream from Batesville on …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    Arkansas has a citizen legislature and the membership of the Senate reflects a variety of occupations. Five senators are farmers or cattlemen, and five work in real estate development, property management or real estate development. One is an executive at a concrete company and one …

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  • The holidays without Andy Williams

    It was shortly before Thanksgiving. I was in the kitchen washing dishes when I heard my first music of the holiday season. Sick of talk radio and sick of election post-mortems, I gave myself a breather, turning the FM dial to something cheerful for a …

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  • First Black Friday, Cyber Monday, now … #Giving Tuesday

    Philanthropy is entering the 21st Century. Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season for brick-and-mortar retailers and Cyber Monday launches the online shopping season, we now have #GivingTuesday (the day after Cyber Monday) as a starting point for charitable acts by individuals, …

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  • Counting our blessings — 2012

    Seriously? Both political parties talking pre-emptive smack barely a week after the election. Partisan politics? Again? So soon? Not even time to catch our breath? For crum’s sakes, give it a rest, you guys. Besides, shouldn’t you be out on recess? After all, it’s Thanksgiving. …

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  • Thanksgiving & defending freedom

    During pauses of the hectic Thanksgiving season, we sometimes reflect on the past year and those coming, and we think about what’s truly important in our lives. Certainly family comes first, as well as God to whom all prayers of thanksgiving go. Freedom is the …

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  • Thankful for rural America

    This week, Americans across our nation will gather around Thanksgiving tables with family and friends. Every year at this time, I am reminded how blessed we are to have a strong, vibrant rural America which provides so much for each of us, every day. Rural …

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  • Offering a very belated ‘thank you’

    It is Thanksgiving and I have been considering the many things I am thankful for and wondering what I should write about. There were too many things from which to choose, so instead I sat down to read the newspaper. One thing I am thankful …

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  • State has long history with movies

    With more than 75 movies totally and partially filmed in Arkansas, the state has enjoyed a connection with motion pictures since the beginnings of the industry. Probably the first Arkansas-made film, in 1915, was a short documentary depicting the life and death of David O. …

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  • Who benefits when top military brass fall?

    Everyone is preoccupied with the events surrounding the juicy sex scandal involving now-former CIA Director David Petraeus to the point they may not have noticed a pattern — a shake-down — that is taking place in our military top brass, much like the one currently …

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  • Finding the many advantages in knowing how to cook

    When I was growing up one talent that both my parents stressed I should acquire was learning to cook for myself. Perhaps it was their foresight that it would not be easy to find women in my generation willing to dedicate themselves totally to cooking, …

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  • Thanksgiving: Much to be thankful for

    Thanksgiving is much more than a big meal with family and friends. It’s a time to reflect on, and be thankful for, all of the good things you have. Even with all of the uncertainty and turmoil in the world, you have so much to …

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