• About Town

    A long time ago, the first movie I remember seeing as a youngster was a Chuck Norris flick called “Lone Wolf McQuade.” While I don’t remember much about the plot of that movie, I’m sure that Chuck Norris killed a bunch of bad guys and …

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  • Solon Borland was one of many Arkansans who opposed compromise

    He was a man of many passions and many ambitions. And in the early years of Arkansas statehood, a time that attracted many men with restless spirits and towering ambitions to the area, Solon Borland was one of the standouts. A politician, veteran, physician, and …

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  • Water, water monsters everywhere

    While reading a book about the Loch Ness monster over the weekend, I found the subject of lake monsters and water monsters expounded upon. Practically every lake or body of water in the world are claimed to have water monsters, with most of the monsters …

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  • Today’s society: Entitlement and ‘gimme, gimme, gimme’

    I’m sure by now everyone has heard the word “entitlement” used to describe people in today’s society. The word is used almost daily by a variety of different groups with all sorts of agendas. Sometimes I wonder if anyone really knows what an “entitlement” is …

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  • Caraway was first woman elected to U.S. Senate

    Hattie Caraway was not going to stay quiet. Her husband dead only a few months and already having had to fight an election to keep his seat in the United States Senate, the nation’s only woman senator was determined not to be ignored and pushed …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Voters said no to same-sex marriage Dear editor: Seventy-five percent of Arkansas voters voted to pass the General Assembly and a State Constitutional Amendment that not only bans same-sex marriage, but it prohibits the recognition of legal marriages conducted in other states and countries. To …

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  • Old-fashioned names making a comeback

    Get this: Old-fashioned baby names are beginning to make a comeback. That was the finding of BabyCenter, a digital resource for parenting and pregnancy, which released the top 100 baby names for 2013. Some of the names at the top of the list are oldies …

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  • Lumps, skin lesions, though scary, shouldn’t be cause for worry

    You notice a lump on your child’s neck. Was it there yesterday? Where did it come from? The average parent’s mind begins to race, and it isn’t long before they’re consulting Dr. Google. The good news is that the lump is probably not a threat …

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  • Maggio should step down now

    It surprised no one that following a week of turmoil, Circuit Judge Mike Maggio pulled out of the race for the Arkansas Court of Appeals. What does surprise us, however, is why Maggio is still sitting in his current seat. Maybe it’s not that surprising. …

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  • Where a kid can be a kid

    Why don’t stores have those merry-go-rounds in front anymore? Used to, you’d see them all the time. I remember riding them when I was little and thinking that was a big deal — my parents weren’t the kind to give into every whim of us …

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  • GOP going nuclear on ‘battlefield of ideas’

    CPAC — the political convention that is to conservatives what ComicCon is to nerds — did not sort out the Republican field for 2016, but it did reveal something much scarier. Unlike most years when Republicans insist they should fight for ideals they never define, …

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  • There are better ways to cut military spending

    Is it really a surprise that the governors of all 50 states are pushing back against President Obama’s push to cut their National Guard troops? The difference between the Democratic president’s approach and that of Republicans like Sen. Tom Coburn is the president wants to …

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