• Arkansas was an embattled state

    One hundred fifty years ago, Arkansas was becoming an embattled state hosting large opposing armies and a multitude of concerned citizens caught in the proverbial and literal crossfire of the Civil War. In May 1862 the Federal Army began spreading its overbearing and unwelcomed influence …

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  • Apologies if family members were upset

    It was never my intent to cause any heartbreak in my column published May 7 about the talented actress, producer, screenwriter, Academy Award winner Lisa Blount, who died in 2010 and is buried in a local cemetery. For those who didn’t read it, I wrote …

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  • Jimmy Driftwood

    Craig Ogilvie “… the rest is history!” Jimmy Driftwood wrote more than 6,000 folk songs, including “The Battle of New Orleans,” which was No. 1 in the nation for 10 weeks in 1959. Born James Corbett Morris on June 20, 1907, the Stone County native …

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  • Cinnamon rolls and human rights

    Lenny was suddenly concerned about helping others remain law abiding citizens. The reason started a few months earlier when school got out for the summer. We were excited to find out that a new boy our age had moved into the house down the road. …

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  • Union commander: They stole my delivery wagons!

    Union troops in their movement through Batesville stole a number of delivery wagons in order to move needed supplies, particularly coffee, according to reports. The Union commander said, “We know they have coffee at the Union supply houses near Helena. But they are not sending …

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  • What are pet owners thinking?

    If you didn’t think American civilization was in trouble already, this ought to worry you: Americans are hiring psychics to communicate with their pets. According to Benjamin Radford of Discovery News, pet psychics claim they can use telepathy to communicate with animals, living and dead …

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  • A tribute to mothers

    While reflecting on Mother’s Day this Sunday, I thought about my own mother and all of the sacrifices she made for us kids growing up. The wife of a Baptist minister, she never had much, but she did all she could. She’s not in great …

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  • Mammoth Spring: Where the waters flow

    Mammoth Spring, the northern most community in the Ozark Gateway region, is best known for Arkansas’ largest spring, the second largest in the Ozark Mountains. A National Natural Landmark, the spring flows over 9 million gallons of water per hour, forming a 10-acre lake, then …

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  • Finding a common language

    So far, I’ve noticed three clear phases of parenting. The first one lasted till the onset of my son Louie’s teenage years and was marked by his thinking I was wonderful and should always be there in the background somewhere. He wanted me in the …

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  • Farm subsidies: An expensive weed that’s hard to kill

    There are many thickets of corporate welfare thriving in the federal budget jungle. Farm subsidies are among the thickest of the thickets. Like a tough weed, they are deeply rooted, largely impenetrable, and nearly impossible to eradicate. And, they cost taxpayers billions of dollars every …

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  • 2012 Veepstakes

    Since Mitt Romney has sewn up the nomination tighter than one of Chris Christie’s old suits, the only remaining Republican election drama is which name the Bairn of Bain Capital intends to place on the bottom of his bumper sticker. Yes, friends, it’s once again …

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  • Yo-yo economics?

    Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.   President Obama recently referred to free-market economics as “you’re-on-your-own economics.” It’s a catchy phrase — rhythmic, alliterative, clever. Too bad it’s bunk. The only genuine “you’re on your own economics”—let’s call it “yo-yo …

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