• For all of those who make us what we are

    I hadn’t thought too much about it until that day. I guess because in my junior and senior years of high school, I won honors in football, wrestling and track. I don’t mention this to brag, but rather show what might happen when we are …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Final lap was bittersweet Dear Editor: Saturday’s “Final Lap for Sara” Sara Low 5K was bittersweet. I have never run for a better cause, never been with better people, and never been so touched as with everyone who gave their time resources year after year for this event. …

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  • ‘Downton Abbey’ or ‘Duck Dynasty’?

    Just consider me late to the party. I knew I did not wish to start watching any more shows on television, but I started not one but two more, anyway. I recently went to the library — yes, the Independence County Library right here on …

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  • A New Yorker’s view of gun control

    During my last visit to New York City, I stumbled into an unexpected discussion about its restrictive gun polices. The discussion occurred after I ducked into a coffee shop. The place was empty except for three transit employees. “I don’t know why the kid shot …

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  • Learn to use your school counselor

    As the new school year gets under way, your school age children will be facing a whole new set of opportunities and challenges. While it is common for parents to focus on the school’s classroom teachers, there’s an important resource that too many parents simply …

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  • Let Miley be a lesson to our daughters

    Just as I suspected. Miley Cyrus got what she wanted on the Video Music Awards in August. Last week the former Hannah Montana star admitted it was her intention to “make history” for years to come with her bump-and-grind performance with Robin Thicke (son of …

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  • MacArthur Museum site dates to 1840

    Better known as the Museum of History, the Little Rock Arsenal building was erected in 1840 and was once part of a large military installation south of the old downtown business district. It became the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History in 2001. Although some …

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  • Found! (Now we need his owner to find him, too)

    Help! Earlier this week I received another houseguest — a dog. My daughter Shay’s boyfriend Daniel came upon the little fellow in Desha and apparently he was getting too close to the highway. Being the animal lover he is, Daniel pulled over and tried to …

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  • The free speech of bloggers

    Ever since the first blog was posted in 1998, chronicling the aftermath of a hurricane, a lot of us have wondered if the surge of people writing about their children, their hobbies and the ups and downs of life was a good idea or a …

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  • Gaining strength to endure

    I had a knee replacement a couple of weeks ago. Usually a person needs a knee replacement when they are getting old and their body is wearing out, but mine was due to a major athletic accident 30 years ago. When I got my tonsils …

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  • Red Cut School had three names

    Red Cut School in Independence County was established in 1918 and operated until 1948 when the state mandated that all schools with fewer than 350 students consolidate or annex with other districts. (Doesn’t that sound familiar?) Red Cut was not the school’s official name. Neither …

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  • Some headlines are 50 shades of stupid

    Sometimes I turn on the television or open up my laptop and I can’t believe the so-called news that is actually making headlines. Things are going on in our world these days that should be at the forefront of all the news. Namely the situation …

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