• Osage orange goes by many names

    When my dad handed me a small, orange-colored fruit and said he’d only seen one other like it ever — I wondered what the heck is it? Bodark, Osage orange, horse apple, hedge apple. I was clueless. Since nearly 200 round bales of his hay …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    ‘Majority rules’ doesn’t feel fair Response to Mrs. Margarett Henley, Batesville City Council member: First off, larger cities do not get more government grants than small ones unless they are entitlement cities (metropolitan areas over 50,000 population). They have funding set aside for them. They …

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  • Let women serve in combat

    There was joke that made the rounds when Bill Clinton was trying to figure out how to allow gays in the military without upsetting morale. “Gays in the military,” the joke went. “Next thing you know they’ll want to be interior decorators!” Of course, gays …

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  • Where to put the purse down?

    Ladies, I have a purse problem. It’s not life or death, and to some it may seem silly, but I am having trouble finding not just a spot, but the spot to put my purse at home. Many may wonder why this should even worry …

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  • Baseball drinks up and dumbs down

    On the road in Atlanta, the Pirates learned they were among 10 teams to make it to baseball’s postseason. Reporter Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described what followed: “The center of the visiting clubhouse turned into a fountain of champagne and beer. Everyone wore …

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  • Republicans need to think bigger and smarter

    Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard is really on to something with his call for Republicans to “Go Big or Go Home.” Fred reminds us that Republicans have won big with big ideas in the past, such as “1978, when the Kemp-Roth tax cut was …

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  • Life unedited

    She had a death grip on the manila envelope. Permission to read the contents meant she was letting me into her heart and soul, and as much as she wanted to hand it over removing an internal organ would have been easier. The adult woman …

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  • The mystery of the Elberton, Georgia Guidestones, part II

    In last week’s column I discussed the Georgia Guidestones, a mysterious stone monument that was commissioned to be built by a stranger in a field in 1980 in the small community of Elberton, Georgia. Carved into the granite wall are 10 guides for living in …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Why would anyone want to move to Batesville? Why would any company want to locate in this town of high taxes, high crime, and dictatorial leadership? I have heard numerous comments from people who often drive through Batesville that it is such a beautiful little …

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  • Ark. congressman presided over quiz show scandal hearings

    Oren Harris had led a life of dedication and integrity that led him into public service. The one-time El Dorado lawyer would find that integrity tested as a member of Congress. In 1959, Harris and his congressional committee became the epicenter of one of the …

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  • Virginia Dare, first child born in the Americas to English parents

    Virginia Dare, born Aug. 18, 1587, was the first recorded child born in the Americas to English parents. The parents were Eleanor Ananias Dare. She was born into the Roanoke Colony in what is now North Carolina on the East Coast. Whatever happened to Virginia …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Let’s dissolve the animosity and unite communities Letter to the Editor I am writing this letter on behalf of my “YES” vote to the annexation ordinance. Batesville is a wonderful place to live and work and Southside is a wonderful place to live and work. …

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