• 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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  • Letter to the Editor

    Hysteria about Agenda 21 needs to stop To the editor: Do you know what Agenda 21 is? Don’t worry most people don’t. However a few vocal advocates insist it’s affecting you! And it is, just not the way you think.  Agenda 21 is a rather …

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  • Recreational marijuana

    Come November, Arkansas voters could be the first in the South to decide whether or not to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Last week, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel certified the wording of a proposed state constitutional amendment called “The Arkansas Hemp and Cannabis Amendment.” The …

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  • Dad’s Day: Juicier headlines needed

    Almost every day, as I plod through a world dominated by Murphy’s Law, I am haunted by one of my late father’s favorite observations: “There’s no such thing as a simple job.” For instance, I assumed it would be child’s play to Google “Father’s Day,” …

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  • Father-and-son sheriffs

    With the 1803 Louisiana Purchase lands west of the Mississippi came open to exploration by not only Louis and Clark but the brave and daring individuals who first settled the Louisiana Territories, of which a portion became the Missouri Territories and later included the Arkansas …

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  • Admiration for Cleburne County’s library, leadership

    Sometimes all it takes is a spark to create a wildfire. That’s what it seemed like has happened with one of our neighboring communities, Cleburne County. Last Wednesday, I got to see the fruits of their labor, and what a beautiful site it was: The …

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  • How to live with your parents: Keep that sense of humor

    Hey, young adults, living at home with Mom and Dad isn’t the end of the world — if you follow the right advice. As it goes, reports the U.K.’s Daily Mail, nearly 30 percent of adults under age 35 are living at home with their …

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  • Asking for help isn’t always easy

    Asking for help isn’t always easy. For some it comes naturally, but for those who consider themselves independent, it can seem like a sign of weakness and inability to cope. However, there are some we perceive as those who rely on others’ help, like a …

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