• 8-year-old reminds dad of blessings

    The American Thanksgiving holiday has a rich and storied history full of lessons reminding us to give thanks for our many blessings. In school, we learn the story of a gathering between the Plymouth Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians in 1621, where both sides came together …

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  • Making the argument for giving thanks

    In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln called a nation divided by war to join together in a time of corporate thanksgiving and repentance when he proclaimed that Americans “set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to …

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  • Holiday goes to the dogs

    In 2006 I came up against a holiday deadline crunch, so I turned my column over to Turpy, the beloved 8-year-old golden retriever/chow mix who had turned up at our doorstep as a puppy. Turpy provided the column that follows: Hi! Over the river and …

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  • Singer releases album of songwriter’s classics

    Folks today may not know of Don Gibson, but many have likely heard “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” He wrote it, Ray Charles and Elvis Presley, among others, sang it, but Mandy Barnett once promised Gibson she’d record an album of his songs and earlier …

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  • Dutch Queen, Wilhelmina, never came to Ark.

    When the railroad was constructed from Fort Smith to Texarkana during the 1890s, officials sought to increase passenger traffic by building a resort on the state’s second highest peak, near present-day Mena. Due to the fact that Dutch investors had banked heavily on the railway, …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Since tax: 1,200 jobs created, 3,440 lost Dear Editor: In reference to the article concerning the upcoming tax election, I want to make a few observations. First, it is commendable that over 1,200 new jobs have been added as a result of the ¼-cent economic development tax sales tax. However, when …

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  • A thankful heart

    It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is almost here and I have a lot to be thankful for as always. For me, giving thanks doesn’t come once a year. I do my best each day to give thanks to God for all he has given and …

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  • The ’50s ended on November 22, 1963

    We humans like to divide time into neat little boxes based on dates, but the case can be made that the styles, policies, manners and mores of one 10-year period usually spill over into the next. The 1929 Wall Street crash would not be fully …

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  • Reporting JFK’s death: 50 years of facts, conspiracy theories

    The commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is also a stark and sober reminder of journalism as some call it: “the first draft of history.” From the time that three shots were fired in Dallas at the presidential …

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  • Searcy Co. teen fought in Civil War battles

    A reminiscence of James H. Campbell’s experiences during the Civil War, 1861-1865, is a fascinating firsthand account of a Confederate soldier who at first meant to side with the Union but changed his mind after Arkansas actually seceded. The reminiscence is printed in the June …

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  • Get real about Santa

    I have to admit it sorta makes me angry when Christmas commercials start playing on the TV before Halloween is even over. It also irritates me to walk into a store the day after Halloween and see Christmas decorations. Yes, I love the whole “Christmas …

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  • Oil production on the rise, while gas prices go down

    The United States petroleum industry pumped an average of 7.7 million gallons of oil per day out of wells in the U.S. That’s big news, since October 2013 is the first month since 1995 when the United States has produced more oil than it imported. …

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