• 19th-century sermon mixed gospel, bear hunting

    Batesville has been called the City of Churches, but in territorial days, Arkansas was the Bear State. Thus it was that the first preaching in John Reed’s cabin, which was constructed about 1812, mixed preaching and bears. Or rather, one bear. The sermon in the …

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  • Our future MMA (or softball) star

    I think I may have a future MMA fighter on my hands. That or the local thug. Friday night, my folks had the four youngest grandkids (ages 1 to 9) over for an Easter egg hunt and sleepover, and I’ve noticed Kaylee may be the …

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  • To know her was to love her

    Xs and Os were the status quo for Alva Jean Hendrix. A simple hello or handshake just wouldn’t do, but that didn’t make them any less special. To know her was to love her, but for her to know you (whether 30 years or three …

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  • Expert predicts catastrophic economic collapse coming soon

    Financial expert Peter Schiff and others are sounding the alarm that America will sustain an economic crash worse than the Great Depression in 2014. “I think we are heading for a worse economic crisis than we had in 2007,” Schiff said in a news report. …

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  • Shepherd of the Hills returns; schedule limited

    When I wrote my Oct. 10 column about the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre closing after 54 years, I had no idea that owner Gary Snadon was battling pancreatic and liver cancer. With him sick and attendance numbers declining, not to mention the whole …

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  • Finding Scottish roots, festival goodies

    If you don’t know your MacDonnell from your MacDowall or your Kilpatrick from your Kirkpatrick, then the Arkansas Scottish Festival is where you should go. Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous April day, and since Gary had to work, I decided to take Kaylee Bug to …

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  • Royal couple may be coming to Memphis

    Here come the duke and duchess. Well, maybe. Prince William and Princess Kate have been invited to a wedding in Memphis on May 3, according to reports. The London Sunday Times reports the royal couple along with Prince Harry will attend the ceremony of Memphis-born …

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  • Vatican on the forefront of astronomy

    The Vatican is searching for life on other planets from Arizona along with other countries including Germany who ironically named their telescope — Lucifer. In my never-ending quest for knowledge lately, I came across an article talking about the Vatican searching for extraterrestrials. There are …

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  • Thanks for the little while

    There’s not many people in this world who truly leave it a better place — but Matt Williams did. No question about it, he was one of the best people, best Christians, best friends, I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. Matt grew up with …

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  • The sadness of a child

    Her eyes told more than I cared to know. Wise beyond their years, they knew too much. A child’s eyes should be filled with glee, wonderment and a sparkle. They shouldn’t have a care in the world, but hers did and it saddened mine. Maybe …

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  • Lesson from a wanna-be extreme couponer

    Every time we’ve watched the show “Extreme Couponing” on TLC, my 13-year-old daughter, Alexas, gets so excited and wants to learn how to do it. I’d like to know too. Who doesn’t want to get $800 worth of groceries for $5? But who has the …

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  • Death penalty debate is election fodder

    1935. Jan. 2: A lawman is shot and killed in Independence County. Jan. 4: The man wanted for murder is apprehended. Jan. 17: A grand jury is convened and hands down an indictment. Jan. 18: A jury is set and by early afternoon a guilty …

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