• Husband gets auction fever

    I think my husband and I have found a new hobby together: auctions. Last Friday we went to a new auction and quite honestly I expected he would be ready to leave in a matter of minutes, but instead we stayed all night. He and …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Proud of hometown community   Dear Editor: I am a proud member of the Cushman Volunteer Fire Department. I grew up in this community and my mom’s families have lived here for generations. I am a part of my community and it is a part of me. I …

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  • Using crosscut saws to cut firewood, other cold weather tales

    All of the recent cold — or what we consider cold — weather brought back memories of stories my parents and grandparents used to tell. The winter of 1917, for instance, the women in the John “Babe” Martin residence near Poke Bayou 10 miles west …

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  • Ancient aliens gave up on us

    I’ve heard it said before that every single thing you ever hear or see leaves an imprint on your brain that never goes away. Well if that’s the case then there are definitely some things I don’t want imprinting on my brain: TV shows such …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Part of Dr. King’s dream is being forgotten Dear Editor: Recently, the nation celebrated the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. As usual, many speakers at various events celebrating Dr. King’s life and work repeated the phrase, “we have come a long way but we …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Stand firm, remain dry Dear editor: Batesville, we must seek God’s wisdom to stand firm for our city and county to remain dry. We have so much here to be thankful for. Look around; can’t you see the scenic beauty as you travel down Ramsey Mountain, cross the …

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  • Reproductive rights and the ‘golden rule’

    When our government was framed, religion was granted freedom in hopes it would return the favor. Call it the Great American Gamble. Give something authoritative in nature free reign and have faith it won’t take over. Here’s the primary debate of a free country: When …

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  • The war against children

    “…that unborn child has been carved in the hand of God from conception and is called by God to love…”  —Mother Teresa   Mountains are neither fair nor unfair to those of us who scale them. Those who resolve to make it to the top, …

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  • Landmark Surgeon General’s report on smoking turns 50

    Does anyone remember Luther Terry? We don’t either, although we probably should since his historic Surgeon General’s report issued in 1964 concluded that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer in men. At that time, cigarette smoking was as popular as sipping soft drinks. People smoked in …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Doesn’t want ‘wet’ Dear editor: My name is Jeremy and I am proud to say that I am a born-again, blood-bought child of God. I am very disappointed in the leaders of this county. The reason for my disappointment is because they want to turn …

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  • Cher: Iconic star has Arkansas roots

    Cher. Even with just one name, we know exactly who we are talking about. And she has roots right here in Independence County. She was born Cherilyn Sarkisian 67 years ago in El Centro, Calif. to Jackie Jean Crouch and John Paul Sarkisian, a second-generation …

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  • Super Bowl owes its existence to one determined Arkansas native

    Each year, millions of football fans wait for the ultimate championship game: the Super Bowl. But the Super Bowl owes its existence to one determined Arkansas native, Lamar Hunt. Hunt was born in El Dorado in 1932. His father, H.L. Hunt, had earned a fortune …

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