• The imprinting of Elliot Rodger and us

    When the news first hit that 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six students in Santa Barbara, it didn’t foreshadow the horrific details yet to come. Six promising young lives knifed and shot dead. Families instantly plunged into grief. Rodger’s film industry parents getting his 137-page biographical …

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  • When desegregation came to Arkansas

    The decision had been 60 years in the making, but when it came, it was like an earthquake across the South. The Supreme Court handed down the Brown v. Board of Education decision on May 4, 1954, declaring that the “separate but equal” doctrine that …

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  • Minnie Mouse Oreos and other birthday party ideas

    How did people plan weddings, birthday parties and family reunions before Pinterest? I think of Ella Fitzgerald singing, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy …” and that pretty much sums up a perfect summer weekend. That wasn’t the case at our house last weekend, however, …

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  • My dog is smarter than most … (fill in the blank)

    She’s only 7 weeks old but she’s smarter than …, well, most people I come in contact with! Ha! Gotcha, didn’t I? You thought I was going to claim she is smarter than other dogs. Well, she very well might be. After just one week …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Go to the Preller Exhibit Dear Editor: Batesville is the lucky host to a fascinating exhibit. If your readers have not seen the Preller Exhibit at the Old Independence Regional Museum, then the time is now. We have little more than a week before this …

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  • Innocence stolen and unbridled abuse

    Behind the green curtain is where my world began to end. It was where my innocence was forever washed away in a porcelain pan filled with developer. Grainy images brought into strong relief on white paper that would become forever etched on my soul. It …

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  • Choosing freedom over liberty

    Our community was running a memorial exhibit on the Holocaust. I felt it would be a good learning experience for my family, as well as for myself. When we reached the exhibit, we each randomly drew a name according to our age and gender. Through …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Grandson achieves success thanks to efforts of many Dear editor: I am writing this letter to thank the Batesville School District. I have raised my grandson from first grade and he graduated high school May 16. He began Eagle Mountain elementary school, where Mrs. Pat …

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  • Towns across U.S. receiving free armored vehicles (including ours)

    In case you haven’t heard, the Independence County Sheriff’s Office has received an armored vehicle called an MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected). It’s a huge vehicle whose designed purpose is surviving improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and ambushes. Police departments across the country are snapping up …

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  • America’s civil religion: Presidents and Memorial Day

    Throughout American history presidents have often used religious rhetoric for various reasons: to provide comfort and consolation, argue that God providentially directs our nation, celebrate our Christian heritage, defend democracy, hold citizens and the country accountable to transcendent standards, help accomplish their own political aims, …

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  • Standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns

    Editor Note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” available at amazon.com.     Hurricane Isabel struck Washington, D.C. hard that night. It was Sept. 18, 2003. I lived in Alexandria, Virginia, …

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  • Clues to Norseman Leif Ericson’s ‘booths’

    When the late Norwegian Kare Prytz was trying to figure out where the Norseman Leif Ericson, who traveled to what it now America in a Viking longship in or around 1000 A.D., Prytz used a unique but quite logical way of doing it. He compared …

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