• Protecting whistleblowers

    Back in 2006, Edward Lane was director of the Community Intensive Training for Youth Program at Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City. During the course of his duties he discovered something was wrong. A state legislator was apparently employed by the program and receiving …

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  • Jeffery family history told; reunion planned

    The old Landers River Landing where steamboats and ferries, keelboats, johnboats and rafts anchored or tied themselves down is underwater. The rusted tin roof of the “Three Old Bachelors” cabin glistens. Stepping outside, the humidity engulfs me, a rude reality check to the beauty that …

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  • Hugh Critz saved Arkansas Tech from closing

    Arkansas began the 20th century with a renewed dedication to higher education. Colleges across the state were quickly established by the state Legislature, including Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. However, enrollments and financial problems nearly shut down Arkansas Tech. In 1918, a new college president, …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear Editor: Honestly, I never thought that Tina Dupuy and I would see eye to eye on any issue. I must admit that I agree with her op-ed piece that appeared in the June 3rd issue of the Batesville Guard. Ironically, that was the day …

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  • Examining the new importance of ‘where’ we speak

    When we say something that might be threatening, how much does where we say it matter? The U.S. Supreme Court agreed this week to examine that question from a new angle — the increasingly popular method of online comments and posts on social media, as …

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  • Seeing Cookie Monster in person

    There are few songs that will transport me back to childhood like the “Sesame Street” theme. I may live to be 100 and may not ever forget “Sunny day, sweepin’ the clouds away, on my way to where the air is sweet. Can you tell …

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  • What you need to know about unaccompanied minors

    Here are six facts you need to know about what President Obama fraudulently calls the unaccompanied minors “urgent humanitarian crisis.” First, many minors aren’t unaccompanied. Rather, they’re traveling with their mothers, some pregnant with future anchor baby citizens. Other women crossing are of child bearing …

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  • E-cigarettes should be e-regulated

    Let me get one thing out of the way: I hate cigarette smoke. Hate isn’t even a strong enough word for my violent contempt for smoking. It’s twofold: Smokers stink up common air and often litter common space. When people in public flick their butts …

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  • Amtrak’s writer residency a chance for creativity

    Well, it doesn’t look like I’ll be catching a midnight train headed for some direction I’ve never been (or have), writing about whatever comes to mind, but at least Amtrak was kind enough to let me know.  Earlier this year, thanks to a tip from …

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  • Becoming a bookworm – Fond memories of Conway Public Library

    At the end of World War II when my parents and I returned to Conway to begin life anew, we discovered that comfortable housing was in short supply. So while Daddy went about trying to buy a car — also in short supply, but a …

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  • Few people know about this major health problem

    It’s called one of the biggest worldwide health problems of today and strangely few people even know about it. Iodine deficiency. That’s right, the stuff that’s in iodized salt has been disappearing from our diets. So what is iodine and what does it do? Iodine …

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  • Cuttin’ okra clears my head

    The hot summer sun beat down on the back of our necks as we moved along the rows of okra with a knife in hand stepping inch by inch between each stalk and cuttin’ off the pods from the bottom up and placing them in …

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