• First Cherokees fled to Arkansas

    Most historians think of Arkansas Cherokees as the people who settled on a reservation located between the White and Arkansas rivers, starting in 1817. They were forced west by Euro-American expansion into their homelands in the Carolinas and Georgia. However, about 1,000 Cherokees began migrating …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Failing America To the editor: I’ve been reading about actions being taken to impeach Obama. Obama has done more damage to America and abused his executive power far more than any other president in history and yet, I don’t hear anyone from Arkansas speaking up. Do …

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  • No snow days in the newspaper business

    While some people curled up on their couches and enjoyed a couple of snow days this week, many of us here at the paper were at work and yes — I was jealous. Like most companies when the bad weather hits, some Guard employees can’t …

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  • Sick of McMansions: Why Americans want smaller, cozier houses

    Get this: Americans are getting sick of McMansions. So says The Wall Street Journal in a recent report. Americans are favoring more historic designs, such as the arts-and-crafts houses their grandparents once lived in, over gargantuan suburban houses. A new style of housing developer is …

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  • Correct spelling, canceled

    As an American, I laugh at those archaic British spellings. Colour? Honour? Their inferiourity, if you will, is obvious. Centre? Theatre? Ridiculous. Most of these barbaric forms were corrected in America hundreds of years ago. Yet one galling Britishism is appearing on my computer screen …

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  • Ancient cranial surgery amazes

    New articles in science and medical publications are making noise about ancient cranial surgery that took place 1,000 years ago in Inca, Maya, Aztec and other Mesoamerican indigenous cultures. However, the writers or publishers of these articles seem to be missing what my previous research …

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  • Welcome to the real world

    My son left home last month after a nice long Christmas break, to start the second semester of his junior year in college. Wow. I can’t believe I am even able to type that sentence. Where has the time gone? What happened to that 5-pound, …

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  • Faceless addicts are just ‘junkies’; celebrities, ‘victims’

    On Sunday we were shocked by the news Philip Seymour Hoffman had been found dead. After all, he was just 46 years old, in the prime of his life and career. He was a brilliant actor, capable of playing an amazing range of roles. An …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Terry’s connection to Batesville Dear Editor, I was surprised to see the article about Dr. Luther Terry in the Jan. 29 issue of the Guard! Yes, I knew who Dr. Terry was because he was a third cousin to my son, Charles Richmond Terry. My son’s grandfather, Charles …

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  • Tallest building in Arkansas

    Most people know Arkansas for its natural beauty. The towering forests and rocky hills and mountains have drawn tourists for many years. Central Arkansas has some of the tallest natural landforms in the state. While the beauty is breathtaking, man has sought to rival these …

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  • Some Willie Nelson relatives hail from Independence Co.

    I was completely unaware that all of the relatives of Willie Hugh Nelson, born April 29, 1933 in Abbott, Texas were from Searcy, Independence and Newton counties until a family member called me asking that I do a story for the paper, then friends starting …

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  • Beautifying the community, one garden at a time

    We may have snow on the ground right now, but I’m already thinking about the warmer days ahead and what to plant outside this year. I enjoy looking at magazines and reading articles about gardening, but they don’t always pertain to this area. I want …

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