• Persimmon seed forecasts, ‘ghost deer’

    So far, like at this time last year, the persimmon seeds are all on the same page in forecasting our winter weather. The white embryonic matter inside the seeds are shaped like spoons again this year, according to Jean McCracken of Sidney, who is usually …

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  • Beware of discounted items

    My son is a junior in college and, like many college students these days, he has to work a part-time job to supplement his scholarship and student loans. He tried flipping burgers for a while but that just wasn’t the job for him, so for …

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  • A promising public-private partnership

    It wasn’t that long ago that it looked like Saturday mail delivery was coming to an end. The U.S. Postal Service is running billions in the red and has been for years. The Postal Service said nixing Saturday delivery of letters would cut about $2 …

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  • Unseen scars often as painful as the ones seen

    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.   In economics, the first lesson I teach my pupils is the lesson of things that are seen and things that are not seen. Actions produce some effects that are readily apparent and others that are not. …

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  • Bullying’s effects are amplified by its evolution

    As a kid, I was smaller than most of my classmates and was definitely considered bookish. I had a late August birthday, which meant I was also younger than most of the other kids. Not only did these traits set me apart, but they also …

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  • Southern Ark. provided resources during war

    One hundred fifty years ago, Gen. Price and Gen. Marmaduke’s combined forces were near Camden at Ten Springs. While the Union Army was a bit nervous with a Confederate buildup in south Arkansas, Pine Bluff was being reinforced with 3-inch artillery pieces to prevent another …

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  • The sky is falling, Big Brother!

    So the Food and Drug Administra-tion has banned trans fats, leaving some to cry about the “nanny state” or “Big Brother” having too much say in our everyday lives. I have to admit, I think it’s just a matter of time that tobacco (or at …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    To the Editor: Friends, Batesville is losing a treasure. Vanessa Adams, the Independence County librarian, is leaving at the end of November. Vanessa has been innovative in promoting the use of the library by addressing civic groups explaining the resources available, by providing free computer …

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  • I should be dead

    Today I am a somewhat overweight, bearded suburban dad entering a comfortable middle age, but it was not always thus. Seven short years ago I was a lean, clean-shaven, heavily armored combat medic in Iraq, so every year on Nov. 11, everyone is apparently required …

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  • Still got ‘Punky power,’ 25 years later

    At 29 years old on a recent Saturday morning, I found myself on the couch with a bowl of Lucky Charms and “Punky Brewster” in my DVD player — happy. There was no place I would have rather been; I felt 5 years old again, …

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  • ‘The Waltons’ TV show had Arkansas roots – Novelist’s call leads to unrecorded history

    My wife, Sue, answered the telephone and, after speaking briefly to someone, passed the phone to me and said, “You won’t believe who’s calling.” Sue had recognized the voice, and so did I when he said, “Hello, is this Craig?” We had heard that distinctive …

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  • It’s true: Only a select few run this town

    I have heard all my life is that only a select few people run a town. I used to not believe that but now I do — but not for the reasons most might think. It’s because no one else seems to care or want …

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