• 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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  • Calling all ‘bomb shelters’

    “The home comes with a ‘bomb shelter.’” Wouldn’t that be a neat real estate ad to come across? For one homeowner in Texas that’s what he got when he opened the shelter for the first time since 1961, the last time the heavy metal door …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Tax sense needed in Sharp Co. Dear editor, In regards to the proposals presented to the quorum court regarding hospital facilities to be located in Sharp County, this appears to be a no-brainer. WRMC in Batesville has proposed to provide a 9-bed facility for free. They are one of the …

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  • ‘Rainbow Bridge’ nationally recognized

    Following on the heels of Batesville’s new bridge in 1928, was Cotter’s graceful rainbow-arched bridge, completed in 1930. The state paid the Cotter ferryboat owner $250 to end his service, which was no longer needed. Before the bridge opened, persons in the Cotter region urgently …

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  • Grandparenting: When all the rules change

    I’ve always heard people say they didn’t think they could love anyone more than their children until they had grandchildren and I would have to agree. The minute I had a child I took a backseat with my parents and that was totally OK by …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Reader:  Say no to ‘Jobs for Independence County’ tax Dear editor: How about the truth? They got flyers and signs all over the city that read More Jobs for Independence County. Why didn’t they put More Taxes for Independence County on their signs? Why a special election? You know. They want to …

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  • Thanksgiving always tastes better when it’s shared

    My parents found out that Mr. Tawson not only refused to hold a job, but took most of his wife’s paycheck for himself, leaving almost nothing for her to purchase food to feed herself and their children. There were few things in life that disgusted …

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  • Arkansas’ Bob Riley was first legally blind governor in U.S.

    Bob Riley was an educator, politician and patriot. He would not let wartime injuries slow him down, overcoming them to become Arkansas governor. Riley was born in Little Rock in 1924. He had a fascination with politics from an early age, serving as a page …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    No zoning for poultry houses Dear editor: We the residents, listed below, of Sulphur Rock, Newark and other local communities would like to make the citizens of Independence County aware of what may happen to you. The poultry industry is looking for individuals to purchase large plots of land …

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  • Why there’s lots to celebrate this Thanksgiving

    Sure, the country isn’t doing so well at the moment, but there are still plenty of reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving. I sit at the “big people’s table” now, just to the left of my father. It took me years to earn that coveted …

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