• 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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  • About Town

    Friday evenings are my favorite time of the week. The work week is done, and for at least the next 24 hours, my time belongs to me. For a lot of us, Friday nights often involve a question loaded with more enthusiasm than we notice. …

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  • Take a pill and thank your cat

    Well, PETA is at it once again. This time the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals is causing a stir due to the gigantic ads they’ve bought, currently being displayed on the Metro Transit buses in Madison, Wis., showing a picture of a cat used …

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  • The art of intimidation

    Jerry was trying to convince his friend, Steve, to join the wrestling team. “You would be a natural at it,” Jerry said. “You’re quick and you’re smart. Besides, we don’t really have anyone in your weight class.” “But I’m a sophomore, and I’ve never wrestled …

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  • From penniless to famous, Ladd led a tortured path

    “I’ve always had a lot of respect for the picture business. It’s been good to me,” was a typically modest quote from one of the most recognizable movie stars of the late 1940s and into the 1950s. Arkansas native Alan Ladd led one of the …

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  • Why trying to make your kids happy makes everyone miserable

    If you ask people what they want for their children, most will tell you that they just want their kids to grow up to be happy. As the hands-on portion of my own parenting journey winds down, I find myself reflecting on the strategic aspects …

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  • Jesse James: Robin Hood and murderer

    The Old West is here: Arkansas, Missouri and portions of Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas; it is Stone County. “The Last Picture Show,” written by Stone County Beckham/McMurtry family descendant Larry McMurtry and turned into a movie in 1971 (nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning two) …

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  • Armed posses protected rural areas

    The end of the Civil War, unfortunately, did not bring true peace to the land. Incidences of mob rule, shootings and stealing continued across Arkansas and other states well into the 1900s. Old feuds were rekindled throughout the Ozarks, causing governors to call out the …

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  • Crystal ball predictions for 2016

    It says here that Jeb Bush has the best shot at the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, while Hillary Clinton might not be the Democrats’ candidate, and if she is, she’s no sure thing. Picking a president has become a tedious and expensive non-stop exercise. …

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  • Put it on the ballot

    There sure has been a lot of hoopla lately in the local news all over the wet-dry issue facing Independence County. Lately it’s been the subject of great debate and I use that term loosely because in my opinion, the art of debate is dying …

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  • 2014 State of the City Address

    Tonight I come before you to deliver my State of the City Address. When I became your mayor in January of 2007 the challenges confronting our city were much different than I had imagined. Decades of neglect and complacency regarding our water and wastewater infrastructure …

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  • A plea from a dieting cookie addict

    We must stop them. We must stop the millions of Girl Scouts who are, right this moment, preying on a helpless public, making us buy and consume calories we don’t need — at the rate of one or two rows of cookies at each sitting. …

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