• Thanks for the little while

    There’s not many people in this world who truly leave it a better place — but Matt Williams did. No question about it, he was one of the best people, best Christians, best friends, I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. Matt grew up with …

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  • Springtime in Washington

    Editor note: The following is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!”   Ah, springtime has finally arrived in Washington, D.C. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is beginning. The cherry trees, 3,700 of them …

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  • Someone say McThor’s?

    The analogy in the headline “Thor 2 is a Cinematic McDonald’s Cheeseburger” (Eileen Jones, Jacobin) is apt. There is indeed a strong parallel between the predominance in comics-to-film adaptations and diner-food restaurants: A few homogenous, formulaic products aimed at broad mass-market appeal. But far from …

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  • The sadness of a child

    Her eyes told more than I cared to know. Wise beyond their years, they knew too much. A child’s eyes should be filled with glee, wonderment and a sparkle. They shouldn’t have a care in the world, but hers did and it saddened mine. Maybe …

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  • War decimated early industry

    Arkansas had very little industrial machinery prior to the Civil War, and it would be decades afterwards before the state shed its “cotton patch” image. Grist mills, powered by flowing streams in the Ozarks, constituted the major part of industry between 1820 and 1880. No …

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  • Holy comic book craze, Batman is 75!

    According to DC Comics, March 30 marked the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Batman (in “Detective Comics” #27). I’ve been a fan of the Caped Crusader (created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger) for two-thirds of that span. With Batman and Robin available …

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  • Lesson from a wanna-be extreme couponer

    Every time we’ve watched the show “Extreme Couponing” on TLC, my 13-year-old daughter, Alexas, gets so excited and wants to learn how to do it. I’d like to know too. Who doesn’t want to get $800 worth of groceries for $5? But who has the …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    In support of local teacher As conservative Christians and members of The Church of God, we have taught our children the dangers of dating outside their faith. We have had numerous classes at church camps and in Sunday School on “waiting and dating,” courtship, and waiting for God to …

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  • About Town

    This week’s article expands a little beyond the Batesville area. Last week was spring break, unless you are a part of one of the school districts who had to lose spring break because of the winter weather this year. We decided to spend part of …

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  • Loving beyond worldly measure

    Some of the most difficult times to watch are when someone we know is trying to be there for a loved one when he or she is coming to the end of his or her journey. I remember watching my mother and father as they …

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  • Death penalty debate is election fodder

    1935. Jan. 2: A lawman is shot and killed in Independence County. Jan. 4: The man wanted for murder is apprehended. Jan. 17: A grand jury is convened and hands down an indictment. Jan. 18: A jury is set and by early afternoon a guilty …

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  • ‘Glory days’ of the old Sandtown Store

    In one way, Mountain City, Nev., and Sandtown, Ark., could hardly seem farther apart. In another way, they seem mighty close. Reading the book, “Mountain City” (North Point Press, 2000) by Gregory Martin, about the dying mining town Mountain City brought back so many memories …

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