• White County holds claim to state’s third largest diamond

    The Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro is the only place in the world where the public may search for diamonds and keep what they find. It is also the only place in North America where diamonds are found in their natural matrix. John …

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  • More orders issued

    One hundred and fifty years ago, the capital city of Little Rock was reinvesting its infrastructure to serve the purpose as the Head Quarters for the entirety of the Army of the Trans-Mississippi. Having served as Commander of the ATM only since late May 1862, …

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  • Citizenship test is harder than it looks

    “It’s not my fault I failed the test. It’s a lot harder than it looks.” “Ah, yes, you speak of the U.S. citizenship test, which Newsweek recently asked 1,000 U.S. citizens to complete. Nearly 40 percent failed!” “That’s because the test is riddled with trick …

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  • Court paves way for increased illegal immigration

    On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled against key parts of an Arizona law intended to deter illegal immigration in the state. As you can imagine, this ruling has wide-ranging effects for the ability of all states to fight against the tidal wave of illegal immigration …

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  • Stories shape lives

    My favorite memories are of my Dad telling my brother and me stories about his childhood. My Dad was a city boy from Washington, DC. Every summer he would head down to Walhalla, South Carolina to spend a month with his southern cousins who took …

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  • Privacy: old concerns echoed in new era

    Just how much should we worry about privacy? Near-daily incidents demand that we as a society redraw the line between our private lives and our public personas. The “public” is that part of us found in public records, subject to examination by government or disclosure …

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  • Father steals parenting tips from Bible

    A few years ago we were looking around in a local book store when a rack of novelty items caught my 4-year-old’s eye. “Daddy, Daddy… Look…” he exclaimed, grabbing a handful of my pants leg. A little keychain with a tiny jewel encrusted box attached …

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  • Ledge update

    LITTLE ROCK  — The state Board of Education has approved a new evaluation system for all Arkansas teachers that will be in place in 2014. It will affect about 35,000 teachers.  At least half the evaluation criteria will be improvement of their students’ scores on …

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  • Home guards established in Arkansas 150 years ago

    One hundred and fifty years ago, while Arkansas was under orders to create new military units of freshly conscripted men from 18 to 35 years old, home guards were forming across the state of men above 35 years of age. All Arkansawyers were to pitch …

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  • Will Rogers finds way to Batesville – Performer visits during 1931 tour

    Entertainer Will Rogers visited several Arkansas cities during his 1931 “drought” tour to raise funds for destitute farmers and the unemployed. However, Batesville was one of the smallest towns on his schedule. Rogers became famous for his home-spun humor on radio, in Broadway shows and …

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  • Authors to sign books Saturday

    If the Lord’s willin’, and the creeks don’t rise (as my grandpa used to say), TigerEye Publications is going to be presenting a special event at Elizabeth’s Restaurant on Main Street in Batesville from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. It’s a big ol’ book …

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  • Good model needed

    You can’t run government like a business anymore than you can run business like a government. GOP presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney, burned corporations to the ground and made millions selling off the charcoal. This private sector experience is being touted as his qualification to be …

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