• About Town

    Growing up in and around Batesville, there were two restaurants that my grandmother (mammaw) chose when it was time to eat out. Consequently when I get asked about my favorite steakhouse, I still say Bonanza. I’ll admit that some of that may be nostalgia. Just …

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  • A sinking feeling about Noah

    *Sigh* The whole Noah’s ark experience used to be so simple. Not just in childhood Sunday school, but even in college, when my classmate Mary Beth Heeney produced a short animated Noah film complete with the bouncy 1964 Gale Garnett hit “We’ll Sing In The …

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  • Keep bossy — ban pink ribboning

    Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s campaign to cheer young girls to participate launched earlier this month. Sandberg claims little boys get called leaders and for the same behavior little girls are branded as bossy. “Together we can encourage girls to lead. Pledge to Ban Bossy,” reads …

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  • ‘Powder and Hides’ writer impresses

    This writer is not obsessed with buffalo, really. Or bison, if you prefer the proper term for the American bison, just because I recently wrote a couple of columns about Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, and this column about one of my favorite novels centers around a …

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  • On the road again … what were we thinking?

    Time to break out the suitcases again; the Nesler family is going on a four-hour road trip to Branson and trust me, Clark Griswold has nothing on us. You know how women always tell their pregnant friends, “You’ll forget all about the labor pains once …

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  • A living wage is an equal voice

    Take a look at your bills: What do you pay for food, housing, clothing, health care, utilities and transportation? How much would it take for your family to just get by? Could you make it on $15,000 a year? $21,000? What would your family have …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    FVP staffer was there in court with rapist’s victims Dear editor: There has been an unfortunate perception created by a recent public Facebook status regarding Family Violence Prevention Inc., which the organization’s board of directors thinks it should clear up. One of our staff members …

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  • The POWs of Civil War Col. Freeman

    Col. Thomas Roe Freeman of Missouri was captured at Crane Creek on Feb. 14, 1862. From there he was sent to military prison, Alton, Ill. After swearing an Oath of Loyalty to the Union he was paroled June 18, 1862. Men did this over and …

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  • A case of voter ID causes stir

    Recent actions taken by states to enhance the integrity of America’s electoral process by requiring voter ID cards, an idea that most Americans support, has caused quite a stir amongst liberals. Author James Boyard once wrote, “Democracy must be something more than two wolves and …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Thank Thomas Jefferson In response to Mr. Gatewood’s question about the origin of the phrase “separation of church and state,” you can thank Thomas Jefferson for popularizing it. The phrase itself originates from theologian Roger Williams who started the first Baptist Church in America in …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    LITTLE ROCK — After approving a $5 billion budget for state government, the Legislature has officially adjourned the 2014 fiscal session. All but a few of the 300 bills approved during the session were budgets for state agencies, public schools and institutions of higher education. …

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  • Cardinals, or ‘redbirds,’ bring hope, comfort

    I get so happy when I see a redbird outside. Their striking appearance has a way of attracting my attention even on the gloomiest of days. I associate them with my mom, who’s always loved birds, especially the cardinal, and as I get older I …

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