• Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry now site of state park

    The Red River Campaign in spring 1864 initially aimed to take Shreveport, but instead of marching triumphantly to victory, Gen. Frederick Steele and his troops were running for their lives, fending off Confederate forces and worsening flood conditions across the area. The month-old Camden Expedition …

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  • Civil War letters home

    From John Chitwood, joined Company H at the beginning of the war, served under Jesse Newton Cypert’s “Searcy Greys” 1st Arkansas Mounted Rifles, CSA, before the 1862 conscriptions and reorganization merging companies placing him under Albert Sydney Johnston’s commanders. ——— May 25th, 1863 in Camps …

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  • Nip it in the bud

    I’m sure by now most of you have heard about the three central Arkansas students who were arrested recently for “sexting.” If you haven’t, I’m surprised because not only has it been in every news outlet across our state, but it’s also been reported by …

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  • Is heaven for real? Illuminating the Christian debate

    The movie “Heaven Is for Real,” based on The New York Times bestseller of the same name, made an impressive debut earlier this month. The film recounts the near-death experience (NDE) of then 4-year-old Colton Burpo as told by his father, a Nebraska pastor. While …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Amused by those who pick, choose which parts of Bible to follow Dear editor: I find it amusing all the religious people coming out against the county going wet and yet on the other hand most of these people voted for a president that has …

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  • Sunshine after the storm

    There’s something about the worst of times that can bring out the best in people. After the danger had passed and we began learning of the devastating losses in Vilonia, Mayflower and other communities in the state, it didn’t take long for Arkansans to mobilize …

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  • Getting too clean

    How many times a day do I reach over and hit the squirt top of an antibacterial and rub down my hands? As I think on this practice, I wonder sometimes how I ever survived my childhood. How did any of us? We didn’t have …

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  • Children don’t need the state to protect them from Photoshop

    Well, give Miss Representation credit. The inescapable “It’s for the children!” is right there in their petition’s name: Join Our Family To Stop Advertising Hurting Our Kids; Support the Truth In Advertising Act. The proposed bill would require the Federal Trade Commission to regulate advertisers’ …

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  • Lights, camera, action: Guard reporter turns movie extra in Elvis short film

    I’ve often daydreamed about what it might have been like to be a classmate of Elvis Presley’s, a 1953 graduate of Humes High School in Memphis. A few weeks ago I got to pretend. Movies filmed in Memphis are some of my favorites because usually …

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  • Where the buffalo once roamed

    Two of the great untold stories of Arkansas are about the great hardwood forests that once covered the delta, between the hills and the Mississippi River. And, how the Ozarks were only partly covered with trees and the remaining land was covered with tall prairie …

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  • Private study: U.S. helped arm al-Qaida

    The last time I checked al-Qaida was our enemy. You know, the ones we were told were behind 9/11?  So why in the world would our government take our tax dollars to purchase guns that they knew were going into the hands of al-Qaida? Worse …

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  • Time to get tough on India stealing our stuff

    Quite simply, from pharmaceuticals to motion pictures to software, India is stealing our stuff. India ranks dead last among major economies in protection of intellectual property rights, according to a comprehensive analysis by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And despite lots of talk and visits …

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