• 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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  • I can almost smell that turkey

    Well, we have made it past the annual ritual of candy distribution and costumes and now we are on the way to turkey with all engines full speed ahead. I can already smell the stuffing cooking in the stove, its aroma of sage floating through …

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  • Remembering Kennedy

    Few events in American history have brought more grief and sorrow than the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. Astounded by the intensity of Americans’ reactions, a British journalist wrote, “One would think that one was reading about the death of a …

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  • Dam was JFK’s last appearance in Ark.

    Oct. 3, 1963. It was a beautiful fall day in Arkansas. It was the dedication of Greers Ferry Dam near Heber Springs. Greers Ferry was a hydroelectric dam project constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beginning in 1957. President John F. Kennedy was …

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  • Taking away lessons from JFK’s death

    Half a century ago, Sid Davis was the first journalist to learn John Kennedy had died. Instead of breaking the biggest the biggest news story in the world, he waited because he wanted to make sure he was right. It is hard to image a …

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  • Find a unique gift while sharing memories

    One day last week someone asked if I’d ever been to our museum here in Batesville, to which I responded, “Of course!” (Secretly I thought if this person had paid much attention to the stories about the Old Independence Regional Museum, they might have read …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Flag deserves respect Dear Editor: On Veterans Day we heard people all across America thanking veterans for their military service. We veterans really appreciate being thanked for our service. You may wonder why a person would sign up for military service where they might be killed or …

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  • October employment report: Disneyland-style fantasy?

    A Wall Street friend told me he thinks that the October Bureau of Labor Statistics report’s deceptions are so great that Disneyland must have written it. For the umpteenth straight month, the mainstream media cherry-picked the handful of positive statistics but buried profoundly troubling data. …

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