• Dutch Queen, Wilhelmina, never came to Ark.

    When the railroad was constructed from Fort Smith to Texarkana during the 1890s, officials sought to increase passenger traffic by building a resort on the state’s second highest peak, near present-day Mena. Due to the fact that Dutch investors had banked heavily on the railway, …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Since tax: 1,200 jobs created, 3,440 lost Dear Editor: In reference to the article concerning the upcoming tax election, I want to make a few observations. First, it is commendable that over 1,200 new jobs have been added as a result of the ¼-cent economic development tax sales tax. However, when …

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  • A thankful heart

    It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is almost here and I have a lot to be thankful for as always. For me, giving thanks doesn’t come once a year. I do my best each day to give thanks to God for all he has given and …

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  • The ’50s ended on November 22, 1963

    We humans like to divide time into neat little boxes based on dates, but the case can be made that the styles, policies, manners and mores of one 10-year period usually spill over into the next. The 1929 Wall Street crash would not be fully …

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  • Reporting JFK’s death: 50 years of facts, conspiracy theories

    The commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is also a stark and sober reminder of journalism as some call it: “the first draft of history.” From the time that three shots were fired in Dallas at the presidential …

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  • Searcy Co. teen fought in Civil War battles

    A reminiscence of James H. Campbell’s experiences during the Civil War, 1861-1865, is a fascinating firsthand account of a Confederate soldier who at first meant to side with the Union but changed his mind after Arkansas actually seceded. The reminiscence is printed in the June …

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  • Get real about Santa

    I have to admit it sorta makes me angry when Christmas commercials start playing on the TV before Halloween is even over. It also irritates me to walk into a store the day after Halloween and see Christmas decorations. Yes, I love the whole “Christmas …

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  • Oil production on the rise, while gas prices go down

    The United States petroleum industry pumped an average of 7.7 million gallons of oil per day out of wells in the U.S. That’s big news, since October 2013 is the first month since 1995 when the United States has produced more oil than it imported. …

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  • I can almost smell that turkey

    Well, we have made it past the annual ritual of candy distribution and costumes and now we are on the way to turkey with all engines full speed ahead. I can already smell the stuffing cooking in the stove, its aroma of sage floating through …

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  • Remembering Kennedy

    Few events in American history have brought more grief and sorrow than the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. Astounded by the intensity of Americans’ reactions, a British journalist wrote, “One would think that one was reading about the death of a …

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  • Dam was JFK’s last appearance in Ark.

    Oct. 3, 1963. It was a beautiful fall day in Arkansas. It was the dedication of Greers Ferry Dam near Heber Springs. Greers Ferry was a hydroelectric dam project constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beginning in 1957. President John F. Kennedy was …

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  • Taking away lessons from JFK’s death

    Half a century ago, Sid Davis was the first journalist to learn John Kennedy had died. Instead of breaking the biggest the biggest news story in the world, he waited because he wanted to make sure he was right. It is hard to image a …

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