• Bonnie and Clyde in Arkansas

    Bonnie and Clyde’s crime spree lasted only two years, but the Texas-based Barrow Gang was held responsible for 13 murders, plus numerous robberies, kidnappings and car thefts. One of the murders occurred in Crawford County, near Alma, Arks. In early June 1933, Bonnie Parker was …

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  • Secrets to being helpful rather than critical

    Have you ever experienced any of these scenarios? You have an idea or project you’re excited about. You work on it. You share it with someone you care about, whereupon your friend (colleague, boss, spouse, or parent) takes one look at the report (essay, business …

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  • Union Army, Navy destroying river ports

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Union Army and Navy were ridding the South of valuable river ports on the Mississippi River. Because the “Mighty Mississip” was so valuable for trade and communication in the South, every attempt was made to keep the Southern people, …

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  • Republican Party’s new branding problem

    It stands on six acres, majestically 175 feet high, white against a bright blue Utah sky: The St. George Utah Temple, dedicated in 1877. It was a work of religious necessity and love by Mormon pioneers including Republican Party presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s great-great grandfather, …

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  • Jimmy Obama, meet your worst nightmare, Ronald Romney

    One of the remarkable things about getting older is the opportunity to see history repeat itself. Those of us who are old enough to remember enduring the abysmal economy of the late 1970s frequently tend to forget that there were other factors in Ronald Reagan’s …

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  • Honoring Sara

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Rick Crawford remembered Batesville native Sara Elizabeth Low in a speech before the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Low was a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11, the plane that hit the north tower of the World Trade Center on …

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  • New football coach

    Our football team was quite subdued that fall, for two of our teammates had drowned the preceding summer. That’s why what we did, we did with our hearts, without thought of consequences. Lloyd was long past high school age, but he loved football. He had …

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  • Country ramblings: Oscar, Vince and Ricky

    When I made my first appearance for the Grand Ole Opry in 1984, I had already appeared on shows with one of the long-running stars of the show Rollin “Oscar” Sullivan of Lonzo & Oscar. Lonzo and Oscar were one of country music’s best-known comedy …

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  • Apple: Rotten to the Core?

    Up-front disclaimer: I’m a long-time Apple fanboy. I bought my first Macintosh in 1994, and ever since then I’ve defaulted to Macs versus Windows PCs and even Linux boxes when I’ve been able to get one. To my mind, Apple’s design ethos is top-notch. Their …

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  • Trials, tribulations as only boy at all-girl school

    The Daily Beast article brought back several painful memories of my experience as the only boy at an all-girls school. According to the article, a public middle school in West Virginia is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union for separating boys and girls …

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  • REMEMBER – A day etched in our memory

    September 11, 2001 is a day that will forever be etched in our nation’s memory. This week America will mark the eleventh anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. None of us …

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  • At ground zero, can there be a politics-free 9/11?

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Sept. 11 anniversary ceremony at ground zero has been stripped of politicians this year. But can it ever be stripped of politics? For the first time, elected officials won’t speak today at an occasion that has allowed them a solemn …

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