• Arkansas actress Gail Davis befriended Gene Autry

    In the days when Westerns dominated the new invention of television, one Arkansas actress charmed audiences across the nation with her colorful portrayals. Gail Davis, once called by longtime friend Gene Autry “the perfect Western actress,” was a familiar face on television and film in …

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  • Editorial – City idea headed south

    Some of those living on the south side of the river have been shocked to learn Batesville leaders had put a plan in motion to bring them into their fold. After all, no one had so much as talked with or consulted them, much less …

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  • Compensation for bad reactions to vaccinations

    It’s school time again and for many parents it’s time for shots. I thought we were done with shots a long time ago but this year my daughter Alexas was required to get a meningitis shot. I was leery of giving her any shots because …

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  • James Foley showed courage in the face of danger

    To just mourn the brutal death of photojournalist James Foley … seems not enough. To just be sickened by the shabby and cowardly manner in which he was beheaded by the terrorist group ISIS … feels inadequate. And to hear his killers say Foley died …

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  • Maine Coon Cats

    In 2007, one of my columns was about Maine Coon Cats, and it was a memorable one, especially for some folks. That column included a bit of history: Maine Coons are considered America’s only natural, long-haired native cat. However, they are thought to have originated …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    A race‘in need’ Dear Editor: The recent police shooting and killing of an unarmed African-American teenager in Missouri and the trial and conviction of the white homeowner in Detroit who shot and killed a young African-American woman have made headlines the past few weeks. There …

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  • When gov’t teleworkers don’t work from home

    It was just a matter of time for the program to be abused. I refer to the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, which provided government employees the opportunity to do their jobs from home. Teleworking is generally a good concept. Federal employees who work from …

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  • Lessons to be learned

    “Returning violence for violence only multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.”             —Martin Luther King Jr.   We are now heading into the second week of protests in Ferguson, Missouri over the shooting of …

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  • Home is where the heart is

    I’m a firm believer in recycling. That doesn’t only mean that you have to sort your trash and put the recyclables in a separate plastic bin. It can also mean anything from wearing hand-me-down clothing to decorating your home with used furniture. There are times …

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  • What does library vote say about Fort Smith?

    The fact that the Fort Smith Public Library failed to gain a millage increase is a cause for sadness among those who saw the library’s plan as a route to a better community. The meanness, the anger and complete misinformation behind its loss should be …

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  • Don’t look in my glove box, and I won’t look in yours

    After reading an article by Erika Rawes, “Wall St. Cheat Sheet,” entitled “7 little things that almost everyone steals,” I’ll own up to stealing too. I have walked away from countless places with pens, sometimes not even realizing what I am doing at the time …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Obamacare effect on vet care Dear editor: People have been complaining about Obamacare ruining health care and doctors quitting. It may be affecting vet care also. Today called two vets between Cord and Batesville. First one said could not see a cat till end of …

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