• Letter to the next generation

    Dear boys, Dad here. I want to tell you about something that happened to me yesterday. A friend of mine at the office, a black woman, asked me to join her at a protest about that unarmed 18-year-old who was shot by that police officer …

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  • Morale hit all-time low in Confederate Army

    One hundred fifty years ago, the “irregular war” in Arkansas was the order of the day. As the Civil War dragged on, December 1864 was unusually harsh for soldiers on both sides following three years of hard fighting, marching and dealing with military life. This …

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  • Layering old memories for Christmas decor

    An old quilt, a broken sled and vintage doors ended up being more than just my holiday decor. I am calling this year’s Christmas theme “Nostalgic dumpster diving.” So far, it has gotten pretty good reviews even though I had originally decided to forgo the …

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  • Batesville resident Uriah Rose, founder of Arkansas, American bar associations

    Uriah M. Rose was an attorney who believed in the importance of integrity, ethics, and education for himself and his fellow lawyers. Because of his work, Rose would impact not only the standards for legal practices in Arkansas and the United States but also impact …

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  • Winter Wonderland

    It was a cold, dreary Monday night, and I wasn’t feeling well. But because of the memories of taking my now-grown children to the Christmas parade in downtown Batesville, I wanted to go anyway. Now that we’ve moved back to Batesville, I want Madelyn to …

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  • As seen from space

    I’m a sucker for all things Christmas, and Batesville is undoubtedly the perfect place for saps like myself. Our city has to be the most beautiful in all the state! Saturday night, Gary and I took Kaylee to see the lights both downtown and at …

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  • Playing follow the leader

    It was the day before Thanksgiving, and we were on our way to visit some relatives. It was a long way, and we had hoped to get off early, but, as things usually happen, we didn’t leave until after noon. Thus it was late by …

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  • The implosion of Bill Cosby

    The world is watching the career and reputation of comedian Bill Cosby disintegrate virtually overnight in a humiliating, seemingly-daily, public miniseries involving a flood of allegations, many decades old — but increasingly believable. Because there’s now a pattern. A reported 17 women have (so far) …

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  • Conversation about respect

    Do we really need more conversations about race in America? Mainstream media, politicians and activists have been fanning the flames of race since August when a police officer killed a man who had just strong-armed robbed a store and refused to get out of the …

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  • Shiny presents need not apply

    Many of us don’t know what it’s like to have it rough, myself included. Oh, we may think we do, but when I hear stories like this, it makes me realize I can handle what “trials” I think I have. Take 6-year-old Addie Fausett of …

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  • Thank secularists for Christmas

    According to thinkers like presidential candidate Rick Santorum, America is a Christian nation. Really? The Bible is pro-slavery and pro-monarch-two things Americans are (now at least) decidedly against. So how are we a Christian nation, exactly? “It’s because of the Pilgrims trek to the New …

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  • Wrong about right of way

    I was wrong and I am a big enough person to admit it. Because of me, drivers throughout Batesville have been taking a right of way that does not lawfully belong to them, according to Don McSpadden, 16th Judicial District Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. …

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