• First woman elected U.S. Senator

    Hattie Wyatt Caraway will go down in American history as the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate. And, it was Arkansas voters who made it happen back in 1932. In November 1931, Caraway was appointed by Arkansas Gov. Harvey Parnell to fill the vacancy …

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  • ‘Treasure’ found at Calico Rock Museum

    “During construction at the Calico Rock Museum today, we discovered a treasure. No, it wasn’t a pot of gold or old bank notes worth a fortune, unfortunately. When disassembling the stairs, we discovered a handwritten note on one of the stair stringers — the board …

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  • I’m not crazy — I’m on the phone

    A few months ago, many of the functions of my cell phone quit working and I was forced to get a new one. I like the new one but I hate having to figure everything out again and I kept accidentally hanging up on people …

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  • Letter to the editor

    One man’s trash is another’s treasure Dear editor: Hello. My name is Jeffery Pender. In response to the letter from Mr. McGuffey in Friday’s paper about the online sale sites, I agree that some of the stuff on some of the sites should be thrown …

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  • 2013 State of the City address

    Tonight I come before you to deliver my State of the City address. 2012 saw its share of challenges for our city but the successes continued moving our community forward. First and foremost, your city operated within its budget constraints and its financial condition is …

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  • In search of the silver lining

    The best thing about getting older is maybe getting a wee bit wiser. If nothing else many of us who have managed to survive to mid-life have an appreciation for each day even if it doesn’t turn out the best and we are faced with …

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  • Are things piling up?

    Have you ever realized how things seem to simply pile up? I have just endured about 4 1/2 weeks of reducing these piles, sheet by sheet, stack by stack, and at times it felt like word by word — junk mail, business letters, tax paperwork, …

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  • Competing with confidence

    Our high school wrestling team was gathering to board the bus when Coach came out of his office. He walked over to me. “Howard, Hardy has the flu. You’re replacing him on varsity tonight.” I felt a rush of adrenaline. I was a freshman, and …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Department of Health anniversary To the Editor: Feb. 25, 2013 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). Over the last 100 years, public health advancements including disease control, immunizations, maternal and child health, sanitation, and safer food and drinking water, have …

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  • Ideas from the Flower and Garden Show

    It was another great year at the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, held last weekend in Little Rock. As usual, I was accompanied on my work trip by Mary Jo Shivey and a few other friends who met us there. The show always has tons …

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  • Facebook fatigue

    Editor note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” available at amazon.com.   I’m turning into my father. My father was born in 1933. He was a paperboy in the days when …

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  • Why you shouldn’t tell your boss everything

    A family friend who worked at the White House said that one of the biggest challenges is deciding what to tell and what not to tell the President. There aren’t enough hours in the day to brief the boss on everything. You have to figure …

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