• Armed posses protected rural areas

    The end of the Civil War, unfortunately, did not bring true peace to the land. Incidences of mob rule, shootings and stealing continued across Arkansas and other states well into the 1900s. Old feuds were rekindled throughout the Ozarks, causing governors to call out the …

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  • We’re Steele friends

    We’re Steele friends. I’ve been so blessed with an array of friends who come from all walks of life. I’ve fought for more than one when they were down and I can’t tell you how many have come to my rescue when I’ve needed them. …

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  • Attacks on Christians

    There’s a disturbing trend happening in America: Christians are coming under attack for their religious beliefs. That’s right — in America. Once considered the moral standard, Christianity is now being called oppressive and intolerant to certain groups of people. It has seemed to come to …

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  • Crystal ball predictions for 2016

    It says here that Jeb Bush has the best shot at the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, while Hillary Clinton might not be the Democrats’ candidate, and if she is, she’s no sure thing. Picking a president has become a tedious and expensive non-stop exercise. …

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  • Adventurer gave details about Arkansas backwoods

    When young German adventurer Friedrich Gerstacker visited Arkansas between 1837 and 1843, he came through Oil Trough and Batesville during some real happening times. He marveled at the immense canebrakes in the Oil Trough bottoms, which were full of bears, and enjoyed bear hunting. Not …

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  • Put it on the ballot

    There sure has been a lot of hoopla lately in the local news all over the wet-dry issue facing Independence County. Lately it’s been the subject of great debate and I use that term loosely because in my opinion, the art of debate is dying …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Kudos to letter writer Dear editor: This is in response to Bob Dailey’s letter to the editor published in the Batesville Daily Guard on Feb. 21, 2014. Kudos to you Bob Dailey and take a bow because you do deserve it. I see you are …

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  • 2014 State of the City Address

    Tonight I come before you to deliver my State of the City Address. When I became your mayor in January of 2007 the challenges confronting our city were much different than I had imagined. Decades of neglect and complacency regarding our water and wastewater infrastructure …

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  • A plea from a dieting cookie addict

    We must stop them. We must stop the millions of Girl Scouts who are, right this moment, preying on a helpless public, making us buy and consume calories we don’t need — at the rate of one or two rows of cookies at each sitting. …

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  • Union forces paused to celebrate George Washington’s birthday

    One hundred fifty years ago, Union forces in Little Rock celebrated President George Washington’s birthday by putting on display a pass and review of the Third Arkansas Cavalry (U.S.). According to the National Democrat newspaper, following “a salute of 13 guns by Vaughan’s Battery announced …

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  • Can’t wait for spring

    Punxsutawney Phil appears to be right, in that we are not done with winter yet. Or rather, winter is not done with us. As we do every year, my friend Mary Jo Shivey and I went to Little Rock last weekend for the Arkansas Flower …

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  • Don’t like food stamps? Raise the minimum wage

    Say you’re philosophically opposed to food stamps. Let’s say you feel better about yourself by calling those who’ve hit hard times freeloading parasites. Suppose the very idea someone somewhere may be cheating the system is enough for you to support snatching all subsidized sandwiches out …

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