• Zombified

    You see them staggering down our streets, heads bowed as if in prayer, making the occasional grunting noise. Mindless drooling de-animated human husks walking blindly into fountains, crosswalks and lamp posts. Wake up people. We are in the middle of a science fiction movie here. …

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  • My evergreen column about the latest mass shooting

    My condolences go out to the families of the victims at fill-in-the-blank. I know the gun-manufacturing industrial complex has dubbed the wake of a tragedy as an inappropriate time to talk about their product. So let’s just eulogize the lives of the people lost to …

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  • Steamboat captured

    One hundred fifty years ago there was much military activity in south Arkansas. By mid June the Union army was still licking its wounds following the April 30, 1864 battle of Jenkins Ferry and was in need of replacing lost equipment and fallen soldiers. As …

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  • Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz: Just like Dad

    I may be too young to remember “Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz” but I’m no stranger to its relief and this I do feel too young for. It seems I can’t eat anything anymore without it giving me indigestion and while that may be too much …

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  • Drowning in excuses over swimming lessons

    The American Red Cross is celebrating 100 years of swimming safety education, not by patting itself on the back, but by redoubling its efforts to make us more prepared for aquatic mishaps. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that accidental drowning …

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  • Publisher went from poverty to multimillionaire

    “Failure is a word I simply don’t accept,” said John Harold Johnson in an interview once. He faced obstacles and controversy his entire life, but the Arkansas native rose from deep poverty to becoming one of the most successful businessmen in the world, and in …

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  • More activities for teens, please

    Kids look forward to summer break all year but it doesn’t take long for them to start complaining, “I’m bored.” Mine has already said it twice. I don’t want my child to sit around all summer watching TV and snacking so even before school got …

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  • Hats off to all the fathers who are men

    This isn’t going to be one of those sentimental Father’s Day articles, even though that is what I would prefer. This article will have a bit of an edge to it. Please excuse my bluntness, but fatherhood is serious business, and for me to sugarcoat …

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  • About Town

    Main Street. Are you old enough or lucky enough to have lived in a place where Main Street is the hub of the town? Have you wondered what it’s like to live in a place like that? There’s a movement in Batesville to make our …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Questions about sirens Dear editor: To the mayor and city council — Congratulations on the many improvements, amenities and needs that you have completed and are working on in our fair city. As a former elected council member, fire chief, businessman of 43 years, cattle …

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  • Mystery of the towers

    As a young teen, I read quite a few Joseph A. Altsheler books, one of which was called “Apache Gold.” In it, these guys in the book were prospecting way back in the southwest in the Gallina Canyon area of New Mexico and found interesting …

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  • Mom’s home remedies

    I can’t tell you how great it will be in two weeks to be writing my weekly column from the sunny beaches of Gulfport instead of from my living room table. Thank goodness for summer vacations! This year it’s going to be the Mississippi Gulf …

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