• Calico Rock: Cherishing the past, embracing the future

    Calico Rock is one of Arkansas’ most storied communities, dating back to the days of Spanish explorers. Its historic Main Street includes a number of buildings with massive limestone storefronts well over a hundred years old. The new Calico Rock Museum is a bridge between …

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  • Sweet lessons of life

    Guy Sheffield “But Anyway” For a brief stint in junior high they put me in charge of the school’s concession stand. Looking back, it begs one question: “WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?!!!” Folding money was mighty scarce in my single-parent home those days. We didn’t generally …

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  • How to proscrastinate and make it work for you

    Do you ever get annoyed with yourself for procrastinating? You knew you had the deadline; you had plenty of time to work on it. But there you are, at the last minute, scrambling to get it done. Yet somehow, it always seems to get done.  …

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  • What’s in a name, Jackie Honda

    My children have a tendency to name everything, including inanimate objects. I may be old-fashioned, but I don’t remember naming my car, my band instrument, my backpack or anything like that. Oh, we had a few choice names for something like a wrench when it …

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  • Mayor: ‘Union invasion of Batesville imminent’

    In a rare move by an Arkansas politician, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh of Batesville reversed his earlier announcement and now believes that there will be another “Invasion of Batesville” by Union forces almost exactly 150 years after the original invasion of Batesville in 1862. Here is …

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  • Just ’cause it’s free doesn’t mean it’s free

    Whenever somebody mentions the word “free” in my presence my right eye turns a vivid jaundice. It is not that I have anything against the word free; just the person who is trying to use it to gain some kind of an advantage over me. …

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  • Happiness is not a warm gun

    Last week it happened again. We don’t know all the details, but what we do know is this. A young man named T.J. Lane walked into high school — here in my home state of Ohio —  approached a table full of kids and started …

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  • Pea Ridge battle sealed state’s fate

    One hundred and fifty years ago, Arkansas was host to two major armies in the northwest section of the state. As thousands of men joined the Confederate ranks from all regions of Arkansas, the need for hospitals became evermore apparent. The state and her citizen …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    LITTLE ROCK — The 2012 fiscal session of the General Assembly was the final session for 11 term-limited senators with a combined 162 years of legislative experience. They will continue to represent their constituents at interim committee meetings, where issues are studied and discussed but …

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  • Luckily, baby boomers are dying to help America

    It is my honor to present Robert’s eulogy today. He was my best friend. At 66, Robert was taken way too young, but, like so many baby boomers, he lived life to the fullest — and we will celebrate his funeral to the fullest. I’m …

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  • Girl Scouts USA: 100th birthday salute

    It’s a regrettable sign of our fast-paced lives. After Veterans Day our thoughts of the nation’s heroes go back into mothballs along with their uniforms. After Christmas, “good will to men” shifts into channeling our inner Scrooge once more. And after the last box of …

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  • From antiques to race cars, Batesville is happening

    Batesville — Arkansas’ oldest existing city — offers visitors a rich variety of places to go and things to do. Old Independence Regional Museum, located at Ninth and Vine streets, preserves the history of the original 1820 Independence County, which included all or part of …

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