• War decimated early industry

    Arkansas had very little industrial machinery prior to the Civil War, and it would be decades afterwards before the state shed its “cotton patch” image. Grist mills, powered by flowing streams in the Ozarks, constituted the major part of industry between 1820 and 1880. No …

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  • Holy comic book craze, Batman is 75!

    According to DC Comics, March 30 marked the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Batman (in “Detective Comics” #27). I’ve been a fan of the Caped Crusader (created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger) for two-thirds of that span. With Batman and Robin available …

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  • Lesson from a wanna-be extreme couponer

    Every time we’ve watched the show “Extreme Couponing” on TLC, my 13-year-old daughter, Alexas, gets so excited and wants to learn how to do it. I’d like to know too. Who doesn’t want to get $800 worth of groceries for $5? But who has the …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    In support of local teacher As conservative Christians and members of The Church of God, we have taught our children the dangers of dating outside their faith. We have had numerous classes at church camps and in Sunday School on “waiting and dating,” courtship, and waiting for God to …

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  • About Town

    This week’s article expands a little beyond the Batesville area. Last week was spring break, unless you are a part of one of the school districts who had to lose spring break because of the winter weather this year. We decided to spend part of …

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  • Loving beyond worldly measure

    Some of the most difficult times to watch are when someone we know is trying to be there for a loved one when he or she is coming to the end of his or her journey. I remember watching my mother and father as they …

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  • Death penalty debate is election fodder

    1935. Jan. 2: A lawman is shot and killed in Independence County. Jan. 4: The man wanted for murder is apprehended. Jan. 17: A grand jury is convened and hands down an indictment. Jan. 18: A jury is set and by early afternoon a guilty …

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  • ‘Glory days’ of the old Sandtown Store

    In one way, Mountain City, Nev., and Sandtown, Ark., could hardly seem farther apart. In another way, they seem mighty close. Reading the book, “Mountain City” (North Point Press, 2000) by Gregory Martin, about the dying mining town Mountain City brought back so many memories …

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  • Positive role models are hard to find

    There’s been a lot in the media lately about relationships: Everything from “what makes a relationship last” and interviews with couples married 50 years or more, to stories about failing Hollywood marriages and the top ten “great” couples of all time on the big screen. …

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  • Paul Eells’ popularity

    When football season arrives in The Natural State, thousands of Arkansans will flock to their radios and televisions to follow the Razorbacks, hanging on every play. For years, no Razorback game was complete without the play-by-play calls of Paul Eells. Paul Eells was born in …

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  • Foul ball

    Over in the sports section they greet each baseball season with rankings, predictions and detailed summaries of off-season roster moves. Here on the opinion page we usually prefer to wax about emerald green grass, the crack of the bat and the vernal reawakening of our …

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  • Phone tracking

    The Obama Administration has decided the government should get out of the business of collecting data on Americans’ telephone calls. That’s the good news. For several years now, the National Security Agency has been collecting what is called “metadata” on every call made or received …

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