• 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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  • Former local resident was state’s first lt. governor

    Calvin C. Bliss was one of the thousands of Arkansans caught in the chaos of the Civil War and Reconstruction, but he came to Arkansas as an educator and became the state’s first lieutenant governor. Bliss was born in Vermont in 1823. As a young …

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  • Practical gifts and life’s lessons

    I felt like the luckiest gal in the world Valentine’s Day and it had nothing to do with roses and chocolate, but rather a new mop and vacuum cleaner. Since moving into my first place last year there are things I bought that I certainly …

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  • First Arkansas cartoon in 1852

    William “Bill” Quesenbury, who pronounced his surname “Cushenberry,” was a writer, printer, soldier, poet, artist, and the state’s very first cartoonist. Born on Aug. 21, 1822, in Crawford County, Quesenbury attended school in Fort Smith and college in Bardstown, Ky. His first job was writing …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Reader shares her thoughts Dear editor: I would like to thank you for three of the best articles you printed last Friday, the little boy, the 102-year-old lady and two teachers in Alaska. We need more of this kind of news. About the wet/dry election: …

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  • Young American teaches newcomers in the 1830s

    Freda Cruse Hardison’s recent column about Arkansas once being considered not just the West, but the “Far West,” reminded me of the books young German traveler Friedrich Gerstacker’s adventures here between 1838-1842 which he later titled “Shooting Sports in the Far West.” And the Far …

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