• Hardy: Like no other town in the Ozarks

    Hardy’s self-proclaimed uniqueness is backed up by a three-block historic downtown area that includes everything from The Native Way, featuring native American inspired crafts, to the Cluttered Cupboard, a well-stocked antique and collectible shop well-known for its Rada Cutlery and QMT Wind Chimes. While their …

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  • Razorbacks to feed troops at ‘invasion’

    In the original invasion of Batesville in 1862, both army commanders reported a shortage of grain both for their horses and men. But there were few complaints about meat. Apparently the troops were able to step out and kill a razorback to stay fed. History …

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  • Texas, guns: A love affair

    You can forget the improving economy, the pundits and the polls. The surest sign that Barack Obama will be re-elected president is that Texans are hoarding guns. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ran a big story the other day about how gun sales were exploding, what …

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  • The public’s right to know

    Sunshine Week, a national celebration of the people’s right to know, serves each year as a reminder of how well we are served in this state by the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. Originally passed in 1967, the Arkansas law stands as one of the …

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  • Irish humor to prime the pump

    Ah, the St. Patrick’s season is upon us. Good thing, for we’re in dire need of some Irish levity about now. It’s been more than three years since the crash of 2008, yet the economy still stumbles and Americans are eager for any sign of …

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  • One of America’s powerful congressmen retires

    Norm Dicks has been in the House of Representatives for 35 years. During those years, he became famous for his insider deal making and bringing home the bacon to not only his district but also his family. But despite years of whispers of corruption and …

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  • Summer jobs for college kids are already gone

    Although it seems like only yesterday, six months have passed since last August when foreign-born student workers exposed the Hershey Company’s abuse of the State Department’s Summer Work Travel (SWT) program. College students from Turkey, Moldova and China as well as other nations came at …

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  • Water, water everywhere

    There’s nothing like a good routine to set my entire world humming with a feeling like everything is all right. Sure, that’s a little bit because I can tell myself that something I’ve chosen to do is right and therefore I’m on the right track. …

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  • In health care, affordability means accessibility

    Conservatives really wanted a fight about religious freedom. It appeared to be an easy win: Turn an ObamaCare mandate that insurers cover birth control into a war on religion. The GOP, void of any ideas Obama hasn’t contaminated by agreeing with, finds itself in an …

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  • 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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