• Some Willie Nelson relatives hail from Independence Co.

    I was completely unaware that all of the relatives of Willie Hugh Nelson, born April 29, 1933 in Abbott, Texas were from Searcy, Independence and Newton counties until a family member called me asking that I do a story for the paper, then friends starting …

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  • Beautifying the community, one garden at a time

    We may have snow on the ground right now, but I’m already thinking about the warmer days ahead and what to plant outside this year. I enjoy looking at magazines and reading articles about gardening, but they don’t always pertain to this area. I want …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Who will be responsible? Dear editor: Every day as I look at our local news, I am amazed. What am I amazed about? I’m amazed at the amount of people arrested for DUIs. And of course, drugs. Why should I be amazed? Well, for one we are “supposed” …

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  • Super Bowl viewers really ‘ad’ up

    Has anyone invented a DVR that automatically skips the programs so you can watch only the commercials? Based on the frenzy over the elaborately produced ads for Super Bowl XLVIII, you’d think there would be a market for such a thing. A colleague of mine, …

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  • New year, new law for record expungements

    At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, Arkansas’ expungement laws finally had its overhaul put in place. Passed this last legislative session, the Comprehensive Criminal Record Sealing Act of 2013 changes the way ex-offenders clear one of the biggest obstacles they face to …

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  • Lessons from Blue Suede the fish (Part 2)

    What a few weeks it’s been. My last column had me sharing the woes of a sick betta fish and how I felt incompetent to care for a creature that turns out to be more than what is advertised in the pictures on the tiny …

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  • Ark. man holds record for executions

    George Maledon carried out more than 60 legal executions at Fort Smith, as ordered by Judge Isaac Parker between 1872 and 1894. He seemed to enjoy his job. Maledon was born in Germany in 1830 and migrated to the United States as a child, with …

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  • Unionize college athletics — pay them based on academics

    We love our sports — whether peewee basketball, Little League baseball, college football or the Olympics, somewhere at any given time there is a sporting match or game being played, broadcasted or reported on somewhere. And if we’re not participating, we still enjoy spectating. But …

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  • Husband gets auction fever

    I think my husband and I have found a new hobby together: auctions. Last Friday we went to a new auction and quite honestly I expected he would be ready to leave in a matter of minutes, but instead we stayed all night. He and …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Proud of hometown community   Dear Editor: I am a proud member of the Cushman Volunteer Fire Department. I grew up in this community and my mom’s families have lived here for generations. I am a part of my community and it is a part of me. I …

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  • Using crosscut saws to cut firewood, other cold weather tales

    All of the recent cold — or what we consider cold — weather brought back memories of stories my parents and grandparents used to tell. The winter of 1917, for instance, the women in the John “Babe” Martin residence near Poke Bayou 10 miles west …

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  • Ancient aliens gave up on us

    I’ve heard it said before that every single thing you ever hear or see leaves an imprint on your brain that never goes away. Well if that’s the case then there are definitely some things I don’t want imprinting on my brain: TV shows such …

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