• Women’s changing roles in war, peace and politics

    Looking back at some old news stories and articles the “you’ve come a long way baby” statement holds true. In the October 1982 edition of the Izard County Historian, Helen Lindley examines the changing roles of women in war, peace and politics. She starts with …

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  • Understanding mindset of this year’s freshmen

    The Beloit Mindset List, oh, how you make some of us feel old. But it’s like a train wreck — I can’t turn away. It’s a list that was created at Beloit College to help professors understand the perspective of the incoming freshmen. Past lists …

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  • ‘Selfie,’ ‘twerk’ — look it up (online)

    Adding new words each year to the dictionary must be mandatory but I’m glad the words added last week were saved for the online version. On Wednesday phablet, selfie, twerk, jorts (denim/jean shorts) and several other words became part of the Oxford Online Dictionaries website. …

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  • Love thy neighbor? Many of us don’t even know them or care about them

    Many years ago I heard a man on a radio show say that America went downhill when people began building decks on the backs of their homes. He went on to explain that front porches were where neighbors got to know each other over a …

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  • Remembering Buster Scott, who was more than feet

    Buster Scott had big feet, and he took advantage of them. He not only could run fast and swim exceptionally well but also let his feet, because of their exceptional size, earn his living for quite a number of years. Other than his feet, Scott …

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  • Guard ends streaming at football games

    It’s football time again and the Batesville Daily Guard is excited about this year’s Batesville Pioneers. For the past several years the Guard has been doing live coverage of these events. That will no longer continue. It’s something we have enjoyed doing and has been …

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  • Affleck, Cyrus blowing up news feeds on social media

    What’s worse — the news that Ben Affleck will be playing the next Batman, or Miley Cyrus’ performance on the MTV Video Music Awards? For many of my friends, it seems Ben “Daredevil” Affleck couldn’t be a worse choice. They’d almost rather see Adam Sandler …

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  • Being TV-less is like missing an old friend

    For more than six months I’ve been without TV. Without live news. Without commercials. Without knowing the latest movie to hit the big screen, and I’m lost just like that TV show with the same name. Via the Internet I’ve been able to catch some …

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  • Here come the ‘big city cousins’

    My daughter, Shay, made it home safe and sound from Florida with her two dogs, Ambro and Delilah, and her newest baby, Naomi, a Persian kitten. Let me just say, these animals are probably the most pampered animals I know. They are all indoor animals, …

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  • 80 years ago, local man was kidnapped

    A traumatic event occurred 80 years ago involving several folks in Batesville, most especially to John F. Homesley and his family. The June night in 1933 began innocuously enough. The annual Miss Batesville beauty pageant being held at the Landers Theatre on Main Street was …

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  • Not smarter than a (1912) eighth-grader

    How easy or hard something is quite relative, but I’d say the students of today have it pretty easy compared to their peers from 101 years ago. The Bullitt County History Museum in Shepherdsville, Ky. received a copy of a 1912 eighth-grade exam drafted for …

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  • Getting the heck into Dodge

    I remember the year we got the heck out of Dodge. When I was a teenager my mother lived for a brief time in southwest Kansas, which was the flattest, driest piece of Earth I’ve ever seen. She’d gotten a job with the USDA at …

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