• Letters to the Editor

    Grandson achieves success thanks to efforts of many Dear editor: I am writing this letter to thank the Batesville School District. I have raised my grandson from first grade and he graduated high school May 16. He began Eagle Mountain elementary school, where Mrs. Pat …

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  • Towns across U.S. receiving free armored vehicles (including ours)

    In case you haven’t heard, the Independence County Sheriff’s Office has received an armored vehicle called an MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected). It’s a huge vehicle whose designed purpose is surviving improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and ambushes. Police departments across the country are snapping up …

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  • Standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns

    Editor Note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” available at amazon.com.     Hurricane Isabel struck Washington, D.C. hard that night. It was Sept. 18, 2003. I lived in Alexandria, Virginia, …

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  • America’s civil religion: Presidents and Memorial Day

    Throughout American history presidents have often used religious rhetoric for various reasons: to provide comfort and consolation, argue that God providentially directs our nation, celebrate our Christian heritage, defend democracy, hold citizens and the country accountable to transcendent standards, help accomplish their own political aims, …

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  • Clues to Norseman Leif Ericson’s ‘booths’

    When the late Norwegian Kare Prytz was trying to figure out where the Norseman Leif Ericson, who traveled to what it now America in a Viking longship in or around 1000 A.D., Prytz used a unique but quite logical way of doing it. He compared …

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  • The five Bailey brothers of World War II

    Every Memorial Day I attend a parade in the little town of Mercer, Pennsylvania. It’s pure Americana: flags, kids, a snow-cone stand, marching bands and veterans of wars past processing down the street. Every year, one exhibit always strikes me: a car with a placard …

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  • These reminders may save a child from being left in a hot car

    No parent wants to believe they could accidentally leave their kid in a hot car during the summer. But it happens every year, and it happens to good parents who love their children very much. This is a hard topic to discuss. Last summer alone, …

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  • Dogs: Here we go again

    Call us nuts, but the Nesler family is once again going to venture into the world of dog ownership. Yeah I know, we all hear about how great it is to have a dog and how lovable they are and what a great companion and …

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  • 25 Arkansans have earned Congressional Medal of Honor

    On the last Monday of every May, Americans pause to pay tribute to those who gave their lives in the defense of their country.  It was a tradition that began as Decoration Day just after the Civil War in which families would place flowers at …

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  • How dementia patients can avoid unnecessary suffering in final days

    One day in April 2004 my husband of 45 years, L. Howard Moss III, laid down for a nap, woke up, did not know who I was, and never knew again. This was our abrupt entrance into the world of dementia. Not Alzheimer’s, with its …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Editor’s Note: A group of Boy Scouts recently wrote letters to the editor during Beth Bruce’s Communications class at Merit Badge University, held recently at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Below are the letters that were submitted.   Dear editor: Boy Scouts …

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  • Time to have ‘the talk’

    We’re having “the talk” at our house. Not the sex talk, but the “death” talk. Gary, Kaylee and I went to my mom’s for a later Mother’s Day weekend, and she told me about some things she wanted taken care of, when she passes away. …

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