• Dodd was 17 when he was executed for spying during Civil War

    It was a freezing cold day in Little Rock in January 1864. The hangman’s noose hung over a rickety wagon in a makeshift gallows. A large crowd had braved the bitter weather to witness the sad spectacle. The condemned was accused spy and Camden resident …

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  • Take some responsibility, please

    Recently the University of Wisconsin has made the news due to allegations that members of a fraternity put “date rape” drugs into women’s drinks at a recent party. Police have stated that several women who attended a Sept. 12 party hosted by the Tau Kappa …

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  • Stay alive!

    Last week, I was obsessed with breaking news on Little Rock Realtor Beverly Carter. I followed it from the moment I heard she had been abducted. When I was a young reporter meeting people I didn’t know in weird places for interviews, my mother worried …

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  • Let women serve in combat

    There was joke that made the rounds when Bill Clinton was trying to figure out how to allow gays in the military without upsetting morale. “Gays in the military,” the joke went. “Next thing you know they’ll want to be interior decorators!” Of course, gays …

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  • Baseball drinks up and dumbs down

    On the road in Atlanta, the Pirates learned they were among 10 teams to make it to baseball’s postseason. Reporter Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described what followed: “The center of the visiting clubhouse turned into a fountain of champagne and beer. Everyone wore …

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  • Republicans need to think bigger and smarter

    Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard is really on to something with his call for Republicans to “Go Big or Go Home.” Fred reminds us that Republicans have won big with big ideas in the past, such as “1978, when the Kemp-Roth tax cut was …

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  • Ark. congressman presided over quiz show scandal hearings

    Oren Harris had led a life of dedication and integrity that led him into public service. The one-time El Dorado lawyer would find that integrity tested as a member of Congress. In 1959, Harris and his congressional committee became the epicenter of one of the …

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  • Keep your gator out of the tub

    A law is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as the rules and regulations or collection of rules established in a community under the authority of the state or nation and applicable to all the people. Laws exist for the protection of people and their property, to …

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  • Stay warm, stay happy

    I carried my small bag through the front of the bookstore to another section that was stocked with knitting and crocheting supplies, and books. A group of women, obviously experienced in needlework, took their seats in a variety of rocking chairs that surrounded a small …

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  • The Chisholm Trail has roots in Stone County

    What does Joseph “Joe” Monroe Moody have to do with the Chisholm Trail? Joe Moody (1853-1944), son of Jonathan Moody and Martha Jane Cornett, married Paralee Goodnight (1852-1916), daughter of Philip Goodnight and Mariah Reeves. Philip was the son of John H. Goodnight Jr. and …

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  • Former mayor says he is ‘bullish’ on Fort Smith

    Are you bullish on Fort Smith? Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, says he’s “bullish on Fort Smith,” and he offers compelling support for his position. Speaking last week to the Times Record editorial board, Rep. Womack described himself as a “fundamentals guy,” and said Fort Smith …

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  • NFL gave offenders a pass

    The news stories on Google News are surging as forcefully as a tsunami. The subject: the NFL and domestic abuse. “Domestic violence much bigger than NFL … Domestic violence in the NFL … The Media’s NFL Domestic Abuse Hysteria … NFL looks to training to …

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