• Local train ‘holdup’, one of last in state

    On Nov. 3, 1893, the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern train No. 51 was robbed during a scheduled stop at Olyphant, seven miles south of Newport, at the Jackson-Independence county line. The train was on its regularly scheduled run between Poplar Bluff and Little …

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  • Touring the set of ‘Dallas’

    Lacy Mitchell “Retro Active” If you thought Southfork Ranch was in Dallas, you’d be mistaken. Luke and I discovered this when staying about 20 miles outside the city after looking at a map in Plano, Texas only to discover the ranch made famous by “Dallas,” …

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  • Heroes needed

    Just when you think the entertainment world has enough mutants, gods and playboy scientists, you realize there’s room — nay, a terrible demand — for MORE. CBS News recently carried a heartwarming story about Anthony Smith, a four-year-old boy with the genetic disorder mosaic trisomy …

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  • Picture in the wallet

    Bob sighed at the question he had heard so many times. “Bob, who is your girlfriend?” Bob was handsome and athletic. He was a top notch football player and a varsity wrestler. It just seemed quite obvious he would have a girlfriend. But he just …

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  • Cancer event set

    Sometimes people wonder why we Relay all night long and stay overnight. The Relay for Life event symbolizes the journey of a cancer survivor. Relay For Life starts at dusk and ends the next morning. The light and darkness of the day and night parallel …

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  • Remembering significance of D-Day

    At 0227 hours on the morning of June 6, 1944, Lt. Robert Mathias saw the red light flash above the door of his C47 “Dakota” aircraft, signaling his men to get ready to parachute into a terrifying blackness that was streaked with machine-gun tracers and …

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  • How Texas education tops talking pineapples

    A recent question on a standardized test in New York State seemed to set the bar for stupidity in education reform. Schoolchildren were asked to imagine a race between a talking pineapple and a rabbit, and were asked why the spectators ate the pineapple and …

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  • The only label that counts

    The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that minority births in America have eclipsed those of whites of European ancestry. Boy, have the media been in a tizzy over that one. As it goes, nonwhite minorities (Asian, Latino, black or mixed race) accounted for 50.4 percent …

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  • Confederate Gen. Hindman’s first order

    One hundred fifty years ago, the minutia of the Confederate experience in Arkansas began a long and arduous journey through the annals of history. Union Gen. Sam Curtis had been steadily advancing through Arkansas following the White River; the back door to Little Rock was …

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  • Director should be fired

    In testimony to the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan denied that the April 12 incident in Cartagena, Colombia, indicated deeper cultural or systemic problems with sex and alcohol in his agency. Sullivan said that no security breach resulted from …

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  • Homeless policy makes things worse

    During a recent trip to Chicago, I couldn’t help but notice the large number of homeless people in the downtown area, including one homeless man pushing a child in a stroller. Homelessness was frequently discussed during the 1980s, but seems to receive less media attention …

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  • James Black

    Craig Ogilvie “… the rest is history!” James Black was born in New Jersey in 1800, and became a runaway at age 8. In Philadelphia, he became a silversmith’s apprentice until he turned 18. Drifting west, Black lived briefly in Louisiana before settling at Washington, …

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