• Letter to the Editor

    Ashamed of this county Dear editor: I am ashamed of this county. I have lived here 14 years. The first time was 40 years ago when we were on vacation. That first time I saw this county it really impressed me when I heard they called this city …

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  • 100,000 Christians killed each year for their faith — including children

    Although we may not be seeing it here in America, Christians all over the world are being killed and according to one report by the Vatican, more than 100,000 a year. What I am about to share is very hard to read but I feel …

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  • ‘Facebook Envy’ — and how to get over it

    This is a story about how I ended up in a McDonald’s, in a bad part of Los Angeles eating a Happy Meal for Christmas lunch. It’s also a story about Facebook envy. “Facebook Envy” is a condition that causes you to see one single …

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  • Winter Olympics: The Untold Story

    Hundreds of millions of people will be following the 2014 Winter Olympics, even though the underwhelming motto (“Hot. Cool. Yours.”) sounds less like a paean to athletic excellence than the sort of progression that accompanies a court-ordered paternity suit. Of course some people will be …

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  • Head-Smashed-In site remains the focus of much study

    Some of the knowledge that archaeologists have learned from their studies of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in Alberta, Canada was related in last week’s column, but much more is still to learn. The archaeologists stopped digging in the “bone bed” at the 30 feet level when …

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  • Turkey bacon and duck bread

    Does anyone remember a few months ago when news sources all over the world were reporting that we were in for a shortage of bacon? At first I thought it was just a joke. After all, some reporters were calling it ridiculous things, like a …

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  • Bullets passing through air made ‘peculiar music’

    One hundred fifty years ago, interesting information was being printed by the Yankee presses in the state that were confiscated from former pro-Confederate printers. Among the numerous new presses throughout the state included The Fort Smith New Era. This week in 1864, an article was …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Stand up against immorality Dear editor: In response to Mr. (Phillip) Finch’s statement about having to deal with Christians, I would hope this will be the case. Christians should stand up against immorality. They say this will be financially good for Batesville; I can tell …

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  • James H. Berry: From Confederate soldier to gov.

    James H. Berry, a judge, lawyer, teacher, governor and U.S. senator, was one of the leading voices in Arkansas as it moved out of Reconstruction and toward the 20th century. Berry was born in Alabama in 1841. When he was 7, his father moved the …

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  • Marijuana legalization as privatization, disempowerment

    The beginning of this year saw the first fully-fledged legal weed markets open in America in nearly a century. Lines formed, similar those for a midnight movie premiere. Giddy stoners stood in shops in amazement at the ease, variety and quality of the shopping experience. …

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  • God’s favorite postman

    Throughout history, God has used many ways to send messages to us, angels, Moses, Jesus and others. I find one of his most interesting messengers is the weather. When I was a child, I once appeared at a little Church of God tucked into the …

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  • New trick for this old ‘newshound’

    The recent inclement weather gave this old dog (or “newshound” — sounds better) a chance to learn new tricks. The Batesville Guard staff’s geographical makeup is probably pretty close to our actual coverage area, considering we live in all directions from the Guard office, just …

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