• Lumps, skin lesions, though scary, shouldn’t be cause for worry

    You notice a lump on your child’s neck. Was it there yesterday? Where did it come from? The average parent’s mind begins to race, and it isn’t long before they’re consulting Dr. Google. The good news is that the lump is probably not a threat …

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  • Maggio should step down now

    It surprised no one that following a week of turmoil, Circuit Judge Mike Maggio pulled out of the race for the Arkansas Court of Appeals. What does surprise us, however, is why Maggio is still sitting in his current seat. Maybe it’s not that surprising. …

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  • Where a kid can be a kid

    Why don’t stores have those merry-go-rounds in front anymore? Used to, you’d see them all the time. I remember riding them when I was little and thinking that was a big deal — my parents weren’t the kind to give into every whim of us …

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  • GOP going nuclear on ‘battlefield of ideas’

    CPAC — the political convention that is to conservatives what ComicCon is to nerds — did not sort out the Republican field for 2016, but it did reveal something much scarier. Unlike most years when Republicans insist they should fight for ideals they never define, …

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  • There are better ways to cut military spending

    Is it really a surprise that the governors of all 50 states are pushing back against President Obama’s push to cut their National Guard troops? The difference between the Democratic president’s approach and that of Republicans like Sen. Tom Coburn is the president wants to …

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  • The (e)state of a person’s life

    The property wasn’t off limits and neither was the stuff, but it sure felt funny perusing all of the items waiting for the auction block. I attended my first estate auction a few weekends ago, but it felt more like a window into the future. …

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  • Nuttall’s Arkansas book brought fame

    Just as explorer Henry Rowe Schoolcraft was departing Arkansas in early 1819, naturalist Thomas Nuttall was entering the territory to study plants, wildlife and “aborigines” along his planned route. Nuttall, born in 1786 in Yorkshire, England, was an apprentice under famed botanist John Windsor. His …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Praise for Lyon theater Dear Editor, I would be amiss if I didn’t let you and our area know what fantastic theatrical work is coming out of Lyon College’s theater department. I have now seen both productions this season and each was truly wonderful. The new theater professor, …

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  • DNA from skulls may not be human

    Many people believe we are not alone in the universe and a recent DNA test may prove just that. Brien Foerster, a researcher, writer and tour guide in Peru, recently announced preliminary results after an elongated skull he had tested was found to contain DNA …

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  • Men, your love life needs a pickup (truck)

    There’s a reason why American men drive big pickup trucks: Women dig them. A new poll by Insure, an independent consumer insurance website, found that women think attractive men are most likely to be driving a pickup truck. The survey asked 2,000 men and women …

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  • About Town

    Friday evenings are my favorite time of the week. The work week is done, and for at least the next 24 hours, my time belongs to me. For a lot of us, Friday nights often involve a question loaded with more enthusiasm than we notice. …

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  • Remembering a gentle giant

    This is for my sister-in-law who still misses her favorite horse. I think we all shed a few tears when Buster moved on to greener pastures and was no longer there to greet her each afternoon when she arrived home from work. She was never …

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