• Letter to the Editor

    Afraid of jobs? Dear editor: Independence County should continue the 0.25% sales tax. This small amount — a quarter of 1% — empowers our community to compete for new jobs. Companies looking to expand care about incentives: money from state and local governments. Other cities and counties …

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  • John Grisham, Arkansas native

    Perhaps best known for the thrilling Hollywood movies made from his bestselling novels, John Grisham was born Feb. 8, 1955, in Jonesboro. His parents, John and Wanda (Skidmore) Grisham, were helping on the family cotton farm near Black Oak, in eastern Craighead County, at the …

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  • Union Army scouting southwest Arkansas for enemy

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Union Army was scouting southwest Arkansas for any sign of the enemy. In his report to the headquarters of the 1st Arkansas Infantry (US), Col. James M. Johnson concentrated his intelligence gathering in the neighborhood of Arkadelphia, Okalona and …

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  • Preparing for storm, boredom

    It’s been on my mind recently how we as a society could be thrown back into the 1900s by just one major event and with the threat of a winter storm threatening power lines this weekend, it may come sooner than I think. Although I …

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  • When strengths become weaknesses

    I like to talk. A lot. My talkativeness has won me business, forged friendships, and been the bedrock of my career. My talkativeness has also made me overbearing, ruined relationships, and been my Achilles heel in almost every role I’ve played. As with most people, …

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  • Teen’s Civil War saga continues

    It has been said that the U.S. Civil War was “a rich man’s war but a poor man’s fight.” All wars may fit that statement just as well, but it seems particularly apt when applied to the War Between the States. My Nov. 21 column …

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  • Flying Fido

    Recently there seems to be a lot on the news about airlines, like the man in the wheelchair who to had to crawl down the aisle because the plane couldn’t accommodate him. Or the lady on Thanksgiving Day who threw the big fit because the …

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  • Death by cows

    There are only five reasons that can be listed as a cause of death, but I want an exception made for my Dad: Death by cows. They are going to be the end of him, one way or another. His latest escapade happened the day …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Poultry industry will boost county, not hinder lifestyle Dear editor: I have lived in Independence County my entire life, most of it outside the city limits of Batesville. I have always been involved in rural farm life. I love being in the country and the opportunities that it brings. I was raised …

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  • Jimmy Driftwood wrote songs for history students

    The Ozark Mountains region has produced many talented and celebrated musicians over the last several decades. Perhaps one of the most clever was Arkansas’ own Jimmy Driftwood. Born James Morris in Stone County in 1907, he grew up with modest means in a farming family …

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  • A future with Bill Clinton as ‘first guy’

    When Bill Clinton said President Obama should allow people to keep their health-insurance coverage — an early attempt to distance Hillary and himself from ObamaCare — a couple weeks ago I began to worry that the Clintons may be serious about another run at the …

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  • ‘Poor Preachers’ Frank, Jesse James’ connection to Independence, Izard areas

    Beau and I recently attended the United Methodist Church services in Mountain View. The message was on stewardship and doing things on someone else’s nickel. Using the scenario of a restored train station where historic parking meters are still used showing only whether your time …

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