• Surviving the fiscal fall

    “I’m not sure I have the energy to keep up.” “Ah, yes, you speak of the latest self-created crisis in our government, what some refer to as the ‘fiscal cliff.’ If Congress and the president don’t agree to new terms on spending and taxes, the …

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  • Your last Christmas?

    What if this was your last Christmas? What if this was your last chance at Christmas Eve, Christmas morning, and Christmas dinner? Would you make the effort to go home for the holidays? Would you make time to take the kiddos to drink hot chocolate …

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  • Bias against bias — media under attack

    Mainstream media, or “lame stream” as Sarah Palin prefers it, came under increased attack during the presidential campaign, mostly among conservatives who railed against a perceived liberal tilt. “It goes without saying that there is definitely media bias,” said Paul Ryan on the stump, claiming …

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  • The Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2012

    First a disclaimer: The Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2012 should not under any circumstances be confused with the Top Ten Legitimate News Stories of 2012. They are as different as red satin cummerbunds and Liar’s Dice. Duck liver and Spanish moss. Matched pearl …

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  • Letters to the editor

    Alcohol in Cave City! Dear editor: Concerned citizens of Cave City! Do you want alcohol sold next to our schools? Churches? Your home? This will happen unless we pass regulations on the sales of alcohol! Call your City Council members and let them know your …

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  • The Compassionate Friends: Remembering our children

    On Sunday, our local chapter of The Compassionate Friends held its annual Candlelighting and Memorial Service, and as usual the weather didn’t want to cooperate. In years past, we have had freezing temperatures, gale-force winds and varying amounts of precipitation on top of the cold …

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  • ‘Shane’ star born at Hot Springs

    Alan Ladd was born to an American father and a British mother, who had settled in Hot Springs after their wedding there in 1912. After his father suffered a heart attack and died in 1917, Alan and his mother lived in poverty, without friends or …

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  • Extreme blushing is no cause for alarm

    I guess I’ll never outgrow it but it certainly hasn’t bothered me to live with it. It never fails: happy, sad, mad, embarrassed, near tears, in tears (happy or sad), people staring or being the subject of an overheard conversation — I can turn beet …

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  • Women in combat: Leave courts out of it

    Editorial from The Texarkana Gazette, Nov. 29, 2012 Women have served with distinction in the U.S. armed forces for years, but are mostly restricted to non-combat roles. And some say that’s just not right. Four women — three serving in the Reserves and an active …

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  • Gene Stewart: Marking five decades in media, communications

    Gene Stewart has more than five decades of experience in the media. The studios of KBTA were on the bank of the White River in what now is Riverside Park in Batesville. KBTA was owned and operated by Jim, Alice and Jay Higginbottom. Prior to …

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  • A closet hoarder

    After what seems like an eternity, I was finally able to close on my new home this week. It has been a long, slow process and seemed that if anything could’ve gone wrong —  it did. Buying a new home sounds like a lot more …

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  • Name Chataunga explained

    With faith, you can move mountains. You can also move a mountain, at least on paper, by using a computer keyboard — as I did last week. In a column about Chataunga Mountain, I wrote that the mountain formerly known as Chataunga is now known …

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