• Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: The ancient story of David and Goliath has a beautiful ending. Unfortunately that’s not how most things turn out. The betting line is in Goliath’s favor. Russia annexed the Crimea because it could. It will likely annex the rest of Ukraine because it …

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  • Jamestown and the infamous (and not so famous) ‘James boys’

    Jamestown is one of those little communities that if you blink your eyes, you’re through it. About eight miles southwest of Batesville, it sits at the bases of Jamestown Mountain near Jamestown Creek. In the 1840s Daniel James, land speculator, began settling the area. Along …

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  • Plenty of activities coming up in fall

    September has arrived, and that can only mean that Halloween is tomorrow and Christmas is next week. Gary, Kaylee and I have been busy all summer but we haven’t really taken a vacation per se, so at some point this fall, we’d like to get …

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  • We shouldn’t punish Africa for buying our exports

    In the 1600s, self-exiled English established the first two European settlements in the New World: Jamestown and Plymouth. One thrived on growing tobacco from ill-gotten Spanish seeds. The other thrived on the freedom to practice their religion. These two seemingly contradicting ideas — religious fervor …

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  • Retirement: A new and different form of work

    Both financial and physical well-being in retirement require foresight and planning. Although far too many people fail to plan their financial resources, perhaps even more people fail to plan how to invest their hours and days once the structure of the work week is removed …

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  • Rules over reasoning

    If authorities had determined she purposely locked her baby in a car, the Florida mom would have been handcuffed and taken to jail faster than greased lightning, but when calling 911 to report having accidently done so, Shana Dees was reportedly told she couldn’t be …

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  • Rev. Al Sharpton gets it ‘right’

    The Rev. Al Sharpton is getting the right kind of grief. This time it’s not from conservatives for being a race hustler who exploits every white-on-black killing to raise money for his civil rights group National Action Network or to boost his miserable ratings on …

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  • Campfire cheesy squash

    Here’s what you need: Sliced squash (one per person), slices or chunks of cheese of your choice, salt/pepper, stick of butter, heavy-duty aluminum foil, campfire coals. What you do: Tear off piece of aluminum foil large enough to hold one or two sliced squash. Use …

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  • From the outside looking in

    There’s a big deal going on in town right now over the proposed annexation of a portion of Southside that threatens to divide communities. One side wants to grow the city while the other wants to be left alone. One side thinks a larger population …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Why volunteer? I volunteer at the Independence County museum (Old Regional Independence Museum) because I believe the mind is a terrible thing to waste. Like Paul Harvey, I believe the only way to stay healthy and happy when you retire is to do volunteer work …

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  • Territorial governor steered Arkansas out of wilderness era

    John Pope was the third territorial governor of Arkansas and a man who helped steer Arkansas out of its wilderness era. However, his outspokenness would spark many political fights within the new territory. Pope was born in 1770 on his parents’ farm in northern Virginia, …

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  • We shouldn’t take truck drivers for granted

    Are you ready for long waits, bare store shelves and higher prices? According to the Business Insider website, the trucking industry has a shortage of 30,000 drivers. The American Trucking Association expects the shortage to skyrocket to 239,000 by 2022. The larger trucking firms expect …

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