• New year, new law for record expungements

    At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, Arkansas’ expungement laws finally had its overhaul put in place. Passed this last legislative session, the Comprehensive Criminal Record Sealing Act of 2013 changes the way ex-offenders clear one of the biggest obstacles they face to …

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  • Lessons from Blue Suede the fish (Part 2)

    What a few weeks it’s been. My last column had me sharing the woes of a sick betta fish and how I felt incompetent to care for a creature that turns out to be more than what is advertised in the pictures on the tiny …

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  • Ark. man holds record for executions

    George Maledon carried out more than 60 legal executions at Fort Smith, as ordered by Judge Isaac Parker between 1872 and 1894. He seemed to enjoy his job. Maledon was born in Germany in 1830 and migrated to the United States as a child, with …

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  • Unionize college athletics — pay them based on academics

    We love our sports — whether peewee basketball, Little League baseball, college football or the Olympics, somewhere at any given time there is a sporting match or game being played, broadcasted or reported on somewhere. And if we’re not participating, we still enjoy spectating. But …

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  • Husband gets auction fever

    I think my husband and I have found a new hobby together: auctions. Last Friday we went to a new auction and quite honestly I expected he would be ready to leave in a matter of minutes, but instead we stayed all night. He and …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Proud of hometown community   Dear Editor: I am a proud member of the Cushman Volunteer Fire Department. I grew up in this community and my mom’s families have lived here for generations. I am a part of my community and it is a part of me. I …

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  • Using crosscut saws to cut firewood, other cold weather tales

    All of the recent cold — or what we consider cold — weather brought back memories of stories my parents and grandparents used to tell. The winter of 1917, for instance, the women in the John “Babe” Martin residence near Poke Bayou 10 miles west …

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  • Ancient aliens gave up on us

    I’ve heard it said before that every single thing you ever hear or see leaves an imprint on your brain that never goes away. Well if that’s the case then there are definitely some things I don’t want imprinting on my brain: TV shows such …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Part of Dr. King’s dream is being forgotten Dear Editor: Recently, the nation celebrated the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. As usual, many speakers at various events celebrating Dr. King’s life and work repeated the phrase, “we have come a long way but we …

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  • Reproductive rights and the ‘golden rule’

    When our government was framed, religion was granted freedom in hopes it would return the favor. Call it the Great American Gamble. Give something authoritative in nature free reign and have faith it won’t take over. Here’s the primary debate of a free country: When …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Stand firm, remain dry Dear editor: Batesville, we must seek God’s wisdom to stand firm for our city and county to remain dry. We have so much here to be thankful for. Look around; can’t you see the scenic beauty as you travel down Ramsey Mountain, cross the …

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  • The war against children

    “…that unborn child has been carved in the hand of God from conception and is called by God to love…”  —Mother Teresa   Mountains are neither fair nor unfair to those of us who scale them. Those who resolve to make it to the top, …

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