• 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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  • Dream find turns into nightmare

    A couple in northern California had a dream come true — while out walking on their property, one of them saw the top of a rusty can in or at the edge of the path, which they had walked on numerous times over the past …

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  • Take a pill and thank your cat

    Well, PETA is at it once again. This time the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals is causing a stir due to the gigantic ads they’ve bought, currently being displayed on the Metro Transit buses in Madison, Wis., showing a picture of a cat used …

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  • The art of intimidation

    Jerry was trying to convince his friend, Steve, to join the wrestling team. “You would be a natural at it,” Jerry said. “You’re quick and you’re smart. Besides, we don’t really have anyone in your weight class.” “But I’m a sophomore, and I’ve never wrestled …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Co. judge against tax Letter to the Editor: I am writing this letter concerning the upcoming special Sharp County election March 11, 2014 for a 1 1/2 cent sales tax to build and operate a hospital. First, I am not in disagreement with the Sharp County Quorum Court …

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  • From penniless to famous, Ladd led a tortured path

    “I’ve always had a lot of respect for the picture business. It’s been good to me,” was a typically modest quote from one of the most recognizable movie stars of the late 1940s and into the 1950s. Arkansas native Alan Ladd led one of the …

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  • Why trying to make your kids happy makes everyone miserable

    If you ask people what they want for their children, most will tell you that they just want their kids to grow up to be happy. As the hands-on portion of my own parenting journey winds down, I find myself reflecting on the strategic aspects …

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  • Retreat is a welcome break in routine

    It’s fun to break out of my routine every once in a while and do something new. Last weekend, my friend and scrapbooking buddy Christine Brown and I went to our first scrapbook retreat. It was a fundraiser for the Ash Flat Church of Christ’s …

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  • Jesse James: Robin Hood and murderer

    The Old West is here: Arkansas, Missouri and portions of Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas; it is Stone County. “The Last Picture Show,” written by Stone County Beckham/McMurtry family descendant Larry McMurtry and turned into a movie in 1971 (nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning two) …

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  • Lady head vases make for pretty art

    If I don’t stop collecting them now, it could get out of hand. They’re small, so they don’t take up too much space, and the holes in their heads do serve a purpose, I just haven’t found a good use for them yet. Lady head …

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