• Correct spelling, canceled

    As an American, I laugh at those archaic British spellings. Colour? Honour? Their inferiourity, if you will, is obvious. Centre? Theatre? Ridiculous. Most of these barbaric forms were corrected in America hundreds of years ago. Yet one galling Britishism is appearing on my computer screen …

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  • Ancient cranial surgery amazes

    New articles in science and medical publications are making noise about ancient cranial surgery that took place 1,000 years ago in Inca, Maya, Aztec and other Mesoamerican indigenous cultures. However, the writers or publishers of these articles seem to be missing what my previous research …

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  • Welcome to the real world

    My son left home last month after a nice long Christmas break, to start the second semester of his junior year in college. Wow. I can’t believe I am even able to type that sentence. Where has the time gone? What happened to that 5-pound, …

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  • Faceless addicts are just ‘junkies’; celebrities, ‘victims’

    On Sunday we were shocked by the news Philip Seymour Hoffman had been found dead. After all, he was just 46 years old, in the prime of his life and career. He was a brilliant actor, capable of playing an amazing range of roles. An …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Terry’s connection to Batesville Dear Editor, I was surprised to see the article about Dr. Luther Terry in the Jan. 29 issue of the Guard! Yes, I knew who Dr. Terry was because he was a third cousin to my son, Charles Richmond Terry. My son’s grandfather, Charles …

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  • Tallest building in Arkansas

    Most people know Arkansas for its natural beauty. The towering forests and rocky hills and mountains have drawn tourists for many years. Central Arkansas has some of the tallest natural landforms in the state. While the beauty is breathtaking, man has sought to rival these …

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  • Some Willie Nelson relatives hail from Independence Co.

    I was completely unaware that all of the relatives of Willie Hugh Nelson, born April 29, 1933 in Abbott, Texas were from Searcy, Independence and Newton counties until a family member called me asking that I do a story for the paper, then friends starting …

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  • Beautifying the community, one garden at a time

    We may have snow on the ground right now, but I’m already thinking about the warmer days ahead and what to plant outside this year. I enjoy looking at magazines and reading articles about gardening, but they don’t always pertain to this area. I want …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Who will be responsible? Dear editor: Every day as I look at our local news, I am amazed. What am I amazed about? I’m amazed at the amount of people arrested for DUIs. And of course, drugs. Why should I be amazed? Well, for one we are “supposed” …

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  • Super Bowl viewers really ‘ad’ up

    Has anyone invented a DVR that automatically skips the programs so you can watch only the commercials? Based on the frenzy over the elaborately produced ads for Super Bowl XLVIII, you’d think there would be a market for such a thing. A colleague of mine, …

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  • New year, new law for record expungements

    At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, Arkansas’ expungement laws finally had its overhaul put in place. Passed this last legislative session, the Comprehensive Criminal Record Sealing Act of 2013 changes the way ex-offenders clear one of the biggest obstacles they face to …

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  • Lessons from Blue Suede the fish (Part 2)

    What a few weeks it’s been. My last column had me sharing the woes of a sick betta fish and how I felt incompetent to care for a creature that turns out to be more than what is advertised in the pictures on the tiny …

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