• Work ethics in question

    Progressing into an older age bracket I am aware there are certain things that send me over the edge. Maybe this whole self-absorbed mentality has always been right in front of me my entire life, but it seems as if it is getting worse. Self …

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  • Griffith was ‘A Face in the Crowd’ in Arkansas

    I’m always amazed when Hollywood comes to Arkansas and the ties many notable celebrities, for instance, Andy Griffith have to the state. With Griffith’s recent passing, I’m reminded of “A Face in the Crowd,” the 1957 movie in which he starred, but did you know …

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  • Thankful, despite hot conditions

    Ah June, you were not so meek and mild to us this year. It’s been hot, dry and dusty and most of us have been finding ways to beat the heat. But there are still many reasons to be thankful. 1. Dislike the truck driver …

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  • Bulldogger got ’em down by lips

    Most rodeo performers who participate in the bulldogging or steer wrestling event probably know that Bill Pickett is the guy who invented that sport, but sometimes I wonder if they know the whole story. Pickett was one of the Wild West’s most unusual characters — …

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  • Life’s little things missed, not missed

    I never knew who she was until she died last week but I certainly love many of the movies she wrote or directed. Writer-filmmaker Nora Ephron died Tuesday in New York of leukemia. She was 71. Born into a family of screenwriters, a top journalist …

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  • Reporting isn’t always ‘pretty’

    Well, I’ve made it a year. Wednesday marked my one-year anniversary at the Batesville Daily Guard and what a year it’s been. I have really enjoyed being right in the middle of what’s going on. I have met so many new people, traveled to new …

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  • Fried green tomatoes and sweet salutations

    I once thought if I ever had to choose a last meal it would be turkey and dressing with a side of cranberry sauce. Now I’m thinking I’d die happy with a big ol’ plate of fried green tomatoes. I don’t know why I never …

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  • Sitters wanted – More money, staff needed for juveniles

    They may be innocent until proven guilty, but the reality is that the teenagers being housed at the juvenile detention center here in Batesville have some pretty bad track records already, including attempted murder. In the past couple of months we have had two attempted …

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  • Finding fun on the tennis court

    For the last couple of months, my 12-year-old daughter Alexas and I have become obsessed with tennis. We don’t know the rules and we don’t care. Those lines on the court mean nothing to us. We serve from where ever we want and the ball …

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  • Learning from dad

    Even though my dad is gone I still feel like I am learning from him. It seems to hit me out of nowhere why he did some of the things he did. When I was younger, he did a lot of things that made no …

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  • Judges, please know your stuff

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” Folks who are chosen to judge photos submitted by the public, whether at a county fair or another level, need to just say no if they are unfamiliar with animals, because in any such photo contest will be lots of …

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  • History abounds at the ‘6th Floor’

    Lacy Mitchell “Retro Active” Funny how my first impression of John F. Kennedy was of people sitting on a grassy knoll — images that for years I never knew were captured at about the same moments that gunshots rang out on the streets of Dallas, …

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