• Learning also means letting go

    Common Core state standards are meant to outline what students are expected to know upon high school graduation to ensure they are “career- and college-ready,” but how “life-ready” will they be? I recently read a column in the Los Angeles Times titled “What today’s kids …

    Read More

  • We can’t leave these men behind

    The situation on Texas’ southern border is not the only refugee crisis facing the United States. Thousands of Afghan interpreters who need to get out before the Taliban kills them for collaborating with U.S. troops are stuck over there because the State Department has run …

    Read More

  • Fox, cat, coon — or chupacabra? Mystery animal carcass found under writer’s house

    Anytime someone buys a house, it always comes with some surprises but last Sunday we got the shock of our lives when my husband found a dead animal hanging upside down under the house. Finding a dead animal under one’s house isn’t that unusual but …

    Read More

  • About Town

    If I mention the county fair, what’s the first thing you think of? Is it the lights of the midway on a hot summer night? Maybe it’s the smell of the animals in the barn getting ready for their yearly show. Perhaps it’s the vendors …

    Read More

  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear Editor, I am sick and tired of the constant phone calls! I called the 800 number to join the “Do Not Call List” and I am still bombarded by phone calls. One day alone I received 11 calls on my home phone and another …

    Read More

  • Wolf House at Norfork deserves study

    The Wolf House at Norfork, said to be the oldest governmental building west of the Mississippi that was not built by a foreign power, is impressive. To the eye, the two-story log building is most impressive when viewed from near the White River, just like …

    Read More

  • Debtors’ prisons: Not a thing of the past

    In this recession era of shrinking budgets and more than 100 years after the U.S. Supreme Court abolished debtors’ prisons, you might be surprised to learn that several states are still carrying on the practice of throwing people in prison who are too poor to …

    Read More

  • Catholic charities taking money from Obama to help illegal aliens

    During the 2012 presidential election, Republicans thought they found a sure path to victory. While it was obvious that long-coveted Hispanics weren’t going to budge, a different group (which an overwhelming majority of Hispanics belong) showed promise. Gallup found that America’s Roman Catholic vote has …

    Read More

  • Former Guard writer runs for office

    For years Frank Wallis was a familiar sight in Batesville and surrounding areas. Some will remember his tenure as a journalist with the Batesville Daily Guard while others may know him better through his father, the late Ralph Wallis. After Frank left this newspaper he …

    Read More

  • A change of heart

    Isaac’s family had been brutally murdered by the Germans, and he had joined the war with revenge in his heart. But after Berlin fell to the Allies, he found some compassion for a starving 4-year-old German girl who tried to steal his food. The old …

    Read More

  • I scream, you scream, we all scream for Yarnell’s Ice Cream

    Summer in Arkansas means long, hot days and starry nights. It is a time for kids staying up late chasing fireflies in their back yards and jumping into puddles of water to beat the heat. It also means ice cream. And in Arkansas, the Yarnell’s …

    Read More

  • Toddler’s first visit to fair

    Kaylee finally made her first trip to a fair, and boy, did she have a good time. She’s taller than most 3-year-olds (and probably a lot of 4-year-olds to boot), so she was big enough to ride the kiddie rides. I forgot you have to …

    Read More