• Drowning in excuses over swimming lessons

    The American Red Cross is celebrating 100 years of swimming safety education, not by patting itself on the back, but by redoubling its efforts to make us more prepared for aquatic mishaps. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that accidental drowning …

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  • Publisher went from poverty to multimillionaire

    “Failure is a word I simply don’t accept,” said John Harold Johnson in an interview once. He faced obstacles and controversy his entire life, but the Arkansas native rose from deep poverty to becoming one of the most successful businessmen in the world, and in …

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  • Hats off to all the fathers who are men

    This isn’t going to be one of those sentimental Father’s Day articles, even though that is what I would prefer. This article will have a bit of an edge to it. Please excuse my bluntness, but fatherhood is serious business, and for me to sugarcoat …

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  • About Town

    Main Street. Are you old enough or lucky enough to have lived in a place where Main Street is the hub of the town? Have you wondered what it’s like to live in a place like that? There’s a movement in Batesville to make our …

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  • Mom’s home remedies

    I can’t tell you how great it will be in two weeks to be writing my weekly column from the sunny beaches of Gulfport instead of from my living room table. Thank goodness for summer vacations! This year it’s going to be the Mississippi Gulf …

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  • Recreational marijuana

    Come November, Arkansas voters could be the first in the South to decide whether or not to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Last week, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel certified the wording of a proposed state constitutional amendment called “The Arkansas Hemp and Cannabis Amendment.” The …

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  • Dad’s Day: Juicier headlines needed

    Almost every day, as I plod through a world dominated by Murphy’s Law, I am haunted by one of my late father’s favorite observations: “There’s no such thing as a simple job.” For instance, I assumed it would be child’s play to Google “Father’s Day,” …

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  • Father-and-son sheriffs

    With the 1803 Louisiana Purchase lands west of the Mississippi came open to exploration by not only Louis and Clark but the brave and daring individuals who first settled the Louisiana Territories, of which a portion became the Missouri Territories and later included the Arkansas …

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  • Privacy 2014: Is there a ‘right to be forgotten’?

    Everyone seems to like privacy, so much so that we often expand the term into the social concept of “privacy rights,” indicating that privacy isn’t just a good thing but something to which we are all entitled. This begs an important question: “To what degree …

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  • About Town

    Do you ever get a craving for really good cheese dip? Not the yellow canned stuff from the supermarket, but the homemade, melt-in-your-mouth creamy cheese dip that can only be found in Mexican restaurants.  Now don’t get me wrong, a block of Velveeta, a can …

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  • Saying thank you to those who saved the world

    Here in this little French village of Sainte Mere Eglise they remember D-Day. Sainte Mere Eglise, as students of history and World War II movies know, became the first town to be liberated from Hitler’s armies when hundreds of American paratroopers fell from the sky …

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  • The most important wagon

    After the Teton Dam broke and flooded the valley, everyone busily worked to help those who had been affected. My dad owned both a large farm and a business selling farm equipment, and the tractors were quickly put to use moving mountains of mud and …

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