• More than a bandit: Frank James, the teacher

    When talking of Frank James, first we remember him as the older brother of Jesse James, second as an outlaw and bandit, third as a Partisan Ranger riding with William Clarke Quantrill and Bloody Bill Anderson. We may think of him as a brother, son, …

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  • Mayhaws: A Southern delicacy

    One of the most celebrated delicacies of the South was found almost by accident in the remote wetlands and marshes across the region. For generations, the mayhaw berry has been one of the most popular foods in the South. The mayhaw, sometimes called the hawthorn, …

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  • Our future MMA (or softball) star

    I think I may have a future MMA fighter on my hands. That or the local thug. Friday night, my folks had the four youngest grandkids (ages 1 to 9) over for an Easter egg hunt and sleepover, and I’ve noticed Kaylee may be the …

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  • Why I taught my daughters how to be ambassadors in the fifth grade

    Both of my daughters got a passport when they graduated from the fifth grade. I grew up relatively untraveled. My family didn’t have a lot of money, and we had lots of kids, four in total, so “travel” was trips to South Carolina in our …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Sending a message Dear editor: Tonight as I was reading the Batesville Guard I noticed an article that stated that a constitutional amendment was looked at and rejected that would make it legal to produce and sell alcohol in all 75 Arkansas counties. Not only …

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  • To know her was to love her

    Xs and Os were the status quo for Alva Jean Hendrix. A simple hello or handshake just wouldn’t do, but that didn’t make them any less special. To know her was to love her, but for her to know you (whether 30 years or three …

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  • Museum displays first ‘Daisy’

    “Buy a windmill — get a free air rifle.” That was an advertising gimmick dreamed up in the 1880s by the Plymouth (Michigan) Iron Windmill Co. However, this ploy backfired when people started asking to purchase the air guns instead of windmills. By 1895, the …

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  • Three men crucified

    Roman soldiers crucified three men that day: two thieves and one extremist. We have extremists across the political spectrum today, but not like this extremist. He was so extreme, he pronounced himself God. No one is more despicable than a thief, especially one who steals …

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  • Blood Moon apparently ushers in the stupid

    The Blood Moon on Monday night might have brought on the apocalypse, because a rash of stupidity in politics seems to have infected this great land of ours. When you have one major political party winning the argument against evolution, brainless is the new black. …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Concerns about alcohol Dear editor: I was asked why I thought it was any of my business if other people wanted to drink. Well, my dad died in a car accident when I was 8 years old. There were five of us kids. He was …

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  • Expert predicts catastrophic economic collapse coming soon

    Financial expert Peter Schiff and others are sounding the alarm that America will sustain an economic crash worse than the Great Depression in 2014. “I think we are heading for a worse economic crisis than we had in 2007,” Schiff said in a news report. …

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  • Cuisine for rich, famous curbs appetite

    Recently an online ad caught my eye. It depicted a photo of a giant juicy burger with the words, “Would YOU pay $250 for a burger?” Well, no. I wouldn’t. And I can’t think of anyone I know who would either. But that ad did …

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