• Candidates should be able to answer impromptu questions

    If I heard, “It’s your duty to vote,” once, I heard it a hundred times. Emmett Whitten was passionate about his job at Calico Rock High School and that included pounding his love of history along with our obligation to vote into his attentive and …

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  • Nylon hose: Celebrating a 75-year ‘run’

    A garment that has elicited a lot of wolf whistles is turning 75 years old. Nylon stockings were sold for the first time on a trial basis in a Wilmington, Delaware department store on Oct. 27, 1939. The original purchasers of those hose can remember …

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  • For better or worse: Marriage and murder, March 1921

    Over the last year I’ve received several questions from descendants on all sides of this murder, which occurred on March 5, 1921 in the north part of Stone County. I’d kind of let it go to the bottom of the pile until recently when a …

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  • Leave zoo cats alone

    I’ve written several columns before expressing my opinion on the sanity of people who risk their lives to save the life of an animal. While I adore my pets and understand the connection folks have with four-footed members of their family, I still believe the …

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  • Alert! The links are broken

    I don’t know about you, but I want to be alerted when there is impending danger in my area. Whether it is a tornado, chemical spill or any other disaster, I want to know when I should take cover or evacuate. The tornado sirens in …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: I would like to know how the majority of the people feel about the changes on Main Street. Many people tell me they just don’t come down the street since it has been narrowed and all the obstacles put up. This is a …

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  • Jeff Foxworthy, more than a comedian

    After our show “In the Heat of the Night” went off the air, I was looking for an opportunity to move on to another show. There weren’t many opportunities for Southern actors at that time, “Walker, Texas Ranger” was on the air; comedian Brett Butler …

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  • Argument may be on right side, but using wrong tactic

    The Arkansas State Supreme Court is considering whether or not Arkansas voters will be able to decide the fate of local option alcohol sales. It’s something that dates back to the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. Arkansas banned the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages …

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  • Why pay to ‘escape the room’ when you can be stressed at home for free?

    There’s a lot of crazy ideas out there, but I had to laugh when I saw a story on the Associated Press wire last week about a new phenomenon I’d never heard of yet: Room escape attractions. Imagine being handcuffed to a person and locked …

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  • To the Editor

    Fool’s paradise — requiem for America Dear editor: The fool saith in his heart there is no God. Gather ye rosebuds as ye may For Olde Father Time comes in a-flying And that same flower smiling today Tomorrow could well be a-dying. America, America: I …

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  • Scary masks

    Hey everybody. The Midterms Are Coming! Or rather: the midterms are coming. To be most precise: themidtermsarecoming. Because the general response of the majority of Americans who aren’t stifling yawns is “yeah, whatever. Isn’t there a baseball game on?” The suspense is … non-existent. Passion …

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  • Why we get frantic, then burn out

    How many times have you worked like a fiend on something and then found yourself so burned out you couldn’t bear to even look at it again? You’re not alone. The up down cycle of intense work followed by a sloth-like period of no results …

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