• Letter to the Editor

    Dear Editor: Honestly, I never thought that Tina Dupuy and I would see eye to eye on any issue. I must admit that I agree with her op-ed piece that appeared in the June 3rd issue of the Batesville Guard. Ironically, that was the day …

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  • Seeing Cookie Monster in person

    There are few songs that will transport me back to childhood like the “Sesame Street” theme. I may live to be 100 and may not ever forget “Sunny day, sweepin’ the clouds away, on my way to where the air is sweet. Can you tell …

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  • What you need to know about unaccompanied minors

    Here are six facts you need to know about what President Obama fraudulently calls the unaccompanied minors “urgent humanitarian crisis.” First, many minors aren’t unaccompanied. Rather, they’re traveling with their mothers, some pregnant with future anchor baby citizens. Other women crossing are of child bearing …

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  • E-cigarettes should be e-regulated

    Let me get one thing out of the way: I hate cigarette smoke. Hate isn’t even a strong enough word for my violent contempt for smoking. It’s twofold: Smokers stink up common air and often litter common space. When people in public flick their butts …

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  • Amtrak’s writer residency a chance for creativity

    Well, it doesn’t look like I’ll be catching a midnight train headed for some direction I’ve never been (or have), writing about whatever comes to mind, but at least Amtrak was kind enough to let me know.  Earlier this year, thanks to a tip from …

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  • Becoming a bookworm – Fond memories of Conway Public Library

    At the end of World War II when my parents and I returned to Conway to begin life anew, we discovered that comfortable housing was in short supply. So while Daddy went about trying to buy a car — also in short supply, but a …

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  • Few people know about this major health problem

    It’s called one of the biggest worldwide health problems of today and strangely few people even know about it. Iodine deficiency. That’s right, the stuff that’s in iodized salt has been disappearing from our diets. So what is iodine and what does it do? Iodine …

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  • Cuttin’ okra clears my head

    The hot summer sun beat down on the back of our necks as we moved along the rows of okra with a knife in hand stepping inch by inch between each stalk and cuttin’ off the pods from the bottom up and placing them in …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    One person’s battle with Obama care My Nightmare: In November 2013 my insurance agent contacted me regarding health insurance. The agent stated that Blue Cross Blue Shield had contacted them stating that my health insurance rates would be going up and that they thought I …

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  • Senator back to work

    For once, no snark from us about things and people that don’t work in Washington. On Monday, we were delighted to see someone who does: Sen. John Boozman. Starting last Friday, the old Grizzly was back at work for the first time since emergency heart …

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  • Ishi, last of his kind

    On Aug. 29, 1911, dogs began barking at a slaughterhouse two or three miles outside of Oroville, California, a town of some 3,800 people at the time. That’s about 70 miles northeast of Sacramento. The dogs barked so furiously that a few sleepy butchers came …

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  • Ask the brats to leave instead

    The latest story to have everyone up in arms all over news stations and social media is the little toddler who was asked to leave a KFC restaurant because apparently, the scars on her face were “bothering” other customers and making them uncomfortable. Wow. I …

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