• Letters to the Editor

    Bypass around Batesville is much-needed Dear editor: As I sat in yet another traffic delay on Ramsey Mountain secondary to a vehicle accident this morning, I was reminded of how much we need a bypass around Batesville. It is clear that everyone is in a …

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  • Herman Davis, most decorated Arkansan of World War I

    Herman Davis went from deep poverty in a remote corner of Arkansas and became the most decorated Arkansan of World War I. He was born just outside what is now Manila in Mississippi County in 1888. The family lived in a small shack outside the …

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  • Why millennials hate voice mail

    Get this: Millennials hate voice mail and don’t often bother to listen to their messages. So reports NPR’s “All Things Considered” in its “The New Boom” series. As it goes, millennials prefer to receive their information via text or Facebook messages. If they receive a …

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  • Dads know a lot but Pa’s know everything

    Dad. Daddy. Daddio. Pops. Padre. Father. Papa. Vader. Hey, you with the wallet. Over the years, whatever my siblings and I have called our dad, he has usually answered. And believe, as the father of three heathens, he has been called a lot (not all …

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  • Martin Luther King Jr. spoke on both sides of Berlin Wall

    Editor’s note: This article first appeared in The Washington Post. When we think of Martin Luther King Jr.’s great speeches, we don’t think of Berlin. And when we think of great American speeches in Berlin, we think of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan; we …

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  • Cop comes to motorist’s rescue

    A flat tire wasn’t on Elva Holder’s shopping list when she came to Batesville the day before Halloween, but she’s awfully glad help wasn’t far away. Holder, of Saffell, had finished her shopping by late afternoon and was headed home when a tire on her …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Brother-in-law: Letter writer should’ve done more research Dear editor: You recently published a letter (“Female real estate agents can face real danger,” from Sandy Qualls, dated Oct. 9) in which the writer expressed the desire to make the real estate profession safer. She referenced the …

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  • Dropping in on the veteran down the street

    A few weeks ago, I dropped in on Russ Post, an 89-year-old war veteran who happens to live on my street. What followed was a memorable Saturday afternoon, as Russ took my teenage son and I on a roller coaster ride from his youth in …

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  • It’s time to check health care coverage for 2015

    Now’s the time to check your health care coverage for 2015 or sign up for the first time. More than 7 million Americans, including 43,446 Arkansans, got coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the program’s first open enrollment period a year ago. This year’s …

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  • Want to know how your representative voted? Good luck!

    The only true way to see how your representatives are doing is to check their voting record but for anyone who has actually tried to look it up — good luck! Last week I decided to take a look for myself and found that three …

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  • Veterans Day gives Arkansas chance to honor those who served

    “From the founding of this country, veterans have been the lifeblood of our nation. …We want all of our deserving heroes to be honored and recognized.” —Col. Conrad Reynolds, founder/director of Arkansas Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame     Col. Conrad Reynolds made these remarks …

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  • The road to church leads home

    Come Sunday, I am headed home. Back to the Trimble Campground Cumberland Presbyterian Church that is as much home to me as the house I grew up in. This time it will be in celebration of my dad’s 80th birthday. Long before I turn down …

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