• Searcy Co. teen fought in Civil War battles

    A reminiscence of James H. Campbell’s experiences during the Civil War, 1861-1865, is a fascinating firsthand account of a Confederate soldier who at first meant to side with the Union but changed his mind after Arkansas actually seceded. The reminiscence is printed in the June …

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  • Find a unique gift while sharing memories

    One day last week someone asked if I’d ever been to our museum here in Batesville, to which I responded, “Of course!” (Secretly I thought if this person had paid much attention to the stories about the Old Independence Regional Museum, they might have read …

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  • How to be popular — 1950s style

    Fitting in isn’t always easy in high school when you’re the new girl and a self-proclaimed “geek,” but for one eighth-grader all it took were white gloves, pearls and form-fitting girdles to become the popular girl. Now, Maya Van Wagenen, 15, has landed a two-book …

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  • ‘Cloud seeding’: Rain for sale

    With its never-ending need to control everything, man has figured out a way to control the weather and as typical of man — make money from it. Scientists have not only figured out how to make clouds produce more rain and snowfall, but reduce the …

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  • Persimmon seed forecasts, ‘ghost deer’

    So far, like at this time last year, the persimmon seeds are all on the same page in forecasting our winter weather. The white embryonic matter inside the seeds are shaped like spoons again this year, according to Jean McCracken of Sidney, who is usually …

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  • The sky is falling, Big Brother!

    So the Food and Drug Administra-tion has banned trans fats, leaving some to cry about the “nanny state” or “Big Brother” having too much say in our everyday lives. I have to admit, I think it’s just a matter of time that tobacco (or at …

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  • Still got ‘Punky power,’ 25 years later

    At 29 years old on a recent Saturday morning, I found myself on the couch with a bowl of Lucky Charms and “Punky Brewster” in my DVD player — happy. There was no place I would have rather been; I felt 5 years old again, …

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  • It’s true: Only a select few run this town

    I have heard all my life is that only a select few people run a town. I used to not believe that but now I do — but not for the reasons most might think. It’s because no one else seems to care or want …

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  • Navy sells historic Forrestal carrier for one penny

    The Navy has sold America’s first Supercarrier, the USS Forrestal, for one cent. That’s right, for one penny. Technically, it’s the ex-USS Forrestal, since it was decommissioned on Sept. 11, 1993, after more than 38 years of service. That is very sad. The USS Forrestal …

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  • Empty box just as fun as toys from catalog

    It’s that time of year — retailers are sending out toy catalogs and sale bills galore. I can remember when my siblings and I were little and the Sears or JC Penney wish books arrived at our house — oh the possibilities! The excitement! The …

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  • Light ’em up … or not

    Have you ever had one of those months, weeks, days, minutes in which you thought you could use a cigarette? It seems to be the story of my life here lately and what’s worse is that I’ve never smoked a day in my life, have …

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  • ‘Anonymous’ calls for protests

    Anonymous, a cyber activist group, along with several other political groups, are calling for a Million Mask March on Tuesday. The global event is set to take place at more than 400 locations across the globe. Organizers want to draw attention to government, education reform, …

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