• Fox, cat, coon — or chupacabra? Mystery animal carcass found under writer’s house

    Anytime someone buys a house, it always comes with some surprises but last Sunday we got the shock of our lives when my husband found a dead animal hanging upside down under the house. Finding a dead animal under one’s house isn’t that unusual but …

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  • Wolf House at Norfork deserves study

    The Wolf House at Norfork, said to be the oldest governmental building west of the Mississippi that was not built by a foreign power, is impressive. To the eye, the two-story log building is most impressive when viewed from near the White River, just like …

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  • Former Guard writer runs for office

    For years Frank Wallis was a familiar sight in Batesville and surrounding areas. Some will remember his tenure as a journalist with the Batesville Daily Guard while others may know him better through his father, the late Ralph Wallis. After Frank left this newspaper he …

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  • Toddler’s first visit to fair

    Kaylee finally made her first trip to a fair, and boy, did she have a good time. She’s taller than most 3-year-olds (and probably a lot of 4-year-olds to boot), so she was big enough to ride the kiddie rides. I forgot you have to …

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  • Keep the connection — don’t wait till it’s too late

    For many, going on vacation also means leaving someone to check the mail, water the plants and let the dog out, but how often are our elderly loved ones left with no one to check on them? Like life has a way of doing, people …

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  • Man could someday merge with machine

    It sounds like science fiction but there’s a real movement to merge man with machines. It’s called singularity and it can’t come soon enough for one inventor who estimates its arrival in the next few decades. For those who don’t keep up with technology, AI …

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  • Rivers that run wild

    When I first saw an advance proof copy of the new book titled “Wild Ran The Rivers” by James D. Crownover, I thought it looked like an environmental-related book that would be less than appealing. But it’s not. In the book, rivers do run wild, …

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  • Some connections aren’t easily rationalized

    “Don’t call me. Don’t call me. Don’t call me.” I kept repeating those words over and over in my head, but after a couple of names were drawn, I heard, “Anngeleeiah Roberts.” Ugh. This was a dilemma. My first trip, and the cynic non-believer was …

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  • When shoulder pain becomes the topic at hand

    The United States is facing a shortage of primary care physicians, but hey, with WebMd we can all diagnose ourselves now! I’m being facetious, of course, but once Gary, Kaylee or I have seen a doctor it seems I can’t wait to do my own …

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  • Outdoors recipe … omelet in a bag

    This is a great camping recipe for those who want a wholesome breakfast without all the fuss.  Here’s what you need: Quart size Zip-lock bag, mixing bowl, 2 eggs, chopped fresh mushrooms, l chopped onion, chopped fresh peppers, precooked bacon, precooked chopped ham/sausage, salt/pepper.  Blend …

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  • Those front porch pleasures

    Ahh, the joys of a front porch, they are many, as I’m finding out since my wife’s recent purchase of new wicker porch furniture. If you have a porch and aren’t aware of all its pleasures I will give you a rundown of those I …

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  • Wrong attention is not surprising

    Here comes another way to romanticize a life of crime: Enter the “hot felon.” Thirty-year-old Jeremy Meeks whose mug shot has gone viral was arrested June 18 on gun charges in California, but he’s getting more attention for his good looks. The mug shot has …

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