• Former Indian reservation was site of Civil War battle

    This past weekend, descendants of the Harris brothers who first settled “Harris Bottoms” in the 1820s congregated to honor their ancestors. The second of the Stone County Driving Tour markers was installed as part of the reunion, located at the junction of 5, 9 and …

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  • When we all get to heaven

    By the time I was 3 or 4 I was destined to land in the obituary department and debate the “when we all get to heaven” topic. My mom reminded me of that last week when we talked about how, back in the day, she …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: We want to share an event that illustrates just why Batesville is such a wonderful place to live. Friday, Aug. 1, was the opening day of Batesville High School’s football practice. After practice 23 hungry football players went to lunch at Mi Ranchito …

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  • Founding of UAMS is fascinating story

    In the 1870s, medicine was in a miserable state in Arkansas. Few doctors were available and the remote locations of many farmsteads and small towns made it difficult for doctors to reach patients. Worse still, there were no means to train new doctors in Arkansas. …

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  • A quest for good food

    After uprooting my little family and moving from the city back to a small town, I went into a little bit of shock when I went grocery shopping in the local markets. Years of study have led me to a lifestyle of clean eating, and …

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  • Many of us don’t have enough retirement saved

    Here’s a piece of information that shouldn’t surprise anyone: The least wealthy baby boomer and Generation X households are far more likely to run short of money in retirement. Gary and I just celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary on Sunday, and when we first got …

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  • The lost sounds of summer

    Editor’s note: This column is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “An Apple Core, a Toilet: Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood.”    I long for the sounds of summer I knew as a kid. In the ’60s and ’70s, you see, most of our …

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  • Why customer service reps give terrible customer service

    “No ma’am, you cannot speak to my supervisor. No ma’am, I don’t even have the number for a supervisor. No ma’am, there is nothing you can do to improve this situation. I have total power over you via this phone line, and I am not …

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  • Going in debt to live the dream

    It’s like belly fat that won’t go away, and for many of us, the old saying that nothing’s certain in life but death and taxes should be revised to include student loan debt.  But for one family, even that isn’t the case after their daughter …

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  • Recap of another great fair

    Today I want to say “thank you” to the Independence County Fair Board, county officials and certainly the good people of Batesville and all over the area for putting on such a wonderful county fair year after year. You people “get it.” You consistently bring …

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  • End torture — shut down the CIA

    Remember back in April 2007, when then-CIA director George Tenet appeared on “60 Minutes,” angrily telling the program host, “we don’t torture people”? Remember a few months later, in October, President George W. Bush saying, “this government does not torture people”? We knew then it …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Returning to the ‘old school’ Dear Editor: I want to register a few comments about some current events. First, I want to comment about the “humanitarian” crisis happening at our southern border. It is not a “humanitarian” crisis, it is nothing less that a criminal …

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