• Letter to the Editor

    Let’s dissolve the animosity and unite communities Letter to the Editor I am writing this letter on behalf of my “YES” vote to the annexation ordinance. Batesville is a wonderful place to live and work and Southside is a wonderful place to live and work. …

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  • Keep your gator out of the tub

    A law is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as the rules and regulations or collection of rules established in a community under the authority of the state or nation and applicable to all the people. Laws exist for the protection of people and their property, to …

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  • Stay warm, stay happy

    I carried my small bag through the front of the bookstore to another section that was stocked with knitting and crocheting supplies, and books. A group of women, obviously experienced in needlework, took their seats in a variety of rocking chairs that surrounded a small …

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  • The Chisholm Trail has roots in Stone County

    What does Joseph “Joe” Monroe Moody have to do with the Chisholm Trail? Joe Moody (1853-1944), son of Jonathan Moody and Martha Jane Cornett, married Paralee Goodnight (1852-1916), daughter of Philip Goodnight and Mariah Reeves. Philip was the son of John H. Goodnight Jr. and …

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  • Former mayor says he is ‘bullish’ on Fort Smith

    Are you bullish on Fort Smith? Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, says he’s “bullish on Fort Smith,” and he offers compelling support for his position. Speaking last week to the Times Record editorial board, Rep. Womack described himself as a “fundamentals guy,” and said Fort Smith …

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  • Let go of shallow interactions

    “There’s a human tendency to feel like you’re pulling more than your fair share of the weight.” That was the opening line of a piece by Lisa Earle McLeod, a writer who graces the Guard opinion page from time to time. But how accurate those …

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  • NFL gave offenders a pass

    The news stories on Google News are surging as forcefully as a tsunami. The subject: the NFL and domestic abuse. “Domestic violence much bigger than NFL … Domestic violence in the NFL … The Media’s NFL Domestic Abuse Hysteria … NFL looks to training to …

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  • Open carry or open submission?

    Last week in Michigan, Elijah Woody was arrested for openly carrying his gun. Thankfully Woody was not shot dead, but his story highlights the inequality of gun rights for certain groups in the United States. If he’d been a white man, the cops probably would …

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  • Scarlett O’Hara likely not best role model

    I was 10 or so, and TBS or TNT had decided to air “Gone with the Wind” as they often did (and still do). I can only blame my dad, who liked the film, but probably never guessed the impression it would leave on his …

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  • Home cooking as a burden is hard to swallow

    Get this: Home-cooked family meals are tyrannical. So suggests Slate blogger Amanda Marcotte. Marcotte says that a study by North Carolina State University sociologists Sarah Bowen, Sinikka Elliott and Joslyn Brenton finds that “the stress that cooking puts on people, particularly women, may not be …

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  • Another mystery surrounds guidestones

    I know it’s not Halloween yet, but boy do I have a spooky story! The Georgia Guidestones is a mysterious granite monument in a pasture in Elberton, Georgia and was erected in 1980 by a mysterious man. Engraved on the monument walls are what appeared …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Annexation plan was ‘hidden’ I have been following the international scene quite extensively lately, mainly the Russian shenanigans with the forced annexation of parts of Ukraine and the blatant ISIS upheaval in the mid east due to financial implications on our economy and security issues, …

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