• Republicans need to think bigger and smarter

    Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard is really on to something with his call for Republicans to “Go Big or Go Home.” Fred reminds us that Republicans have won big with big ideas in the past, such as “1978, when the Kemp-Roth tax cut was …

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  • Life unedited

    She had a death grip on the manila envelope. Permission to read the contents meant she was letting me into her heart and soul, and as much as she wanted to hand it over removing an internal organ would have been easier. The adult woman …

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  • The mystery of the Elberton, Georgia Guidestones, part II

    In last week’s column I discussed the Georgia Guidestones, a mysterious stone monument that was commissioned to be built by a stranger in a field in 1980 in the small community of Elberton, Georgia. Carved into the granite wall are 10 guides for living in …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Why would anyone want to move to Batesville? Why would any company want to locate in this town of high taxes, high crime, and dictatorial leadership? I have heard numerous comments from people who often drive through Batesville that it is such a beautiful little …

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  • Ark. congressman presided over quiz show scandal hearings

    Oren Harris had led a life of dedication and integrity that led him into public service. The one-time El Dorado lawyer would find that integrity tested as a member of Congress. In 1959, Harris and his congressional committee became the epicenter of one of the …

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  • Virginia Dare, first child born in the Americas to English parents

    Virginia Dare, born Aug. 18, 1587, was the first recorded child born in the Americas to English parents. The parents were Eleanor Ananias Dare. She was born into the Roanoke Colony in what is now North Carolina on the East Coast. Whatever happened to Virginia …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Let’s dissolve the animosity and unite communities Letter to the Editor I am writing this letter on behalf of my “YES” vote to the annexation ordinance. Batesville is a wonderful place to live and work and Southside is a wonderful place to live and work. …

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  • Keep your gator out of the tub

    A law is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as the rules and regulations or collection of rules established in a community under the authority of the state or nation and applicable to all the people. Laws exist for the protection of people and their property, to …

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  • Stay warm, stay happy

    I carried my small bag through the front of the bookstore to another section that was stocked with knitting and crocheting supplies, and books. A group of women, obviously experienced in needlework, took their seats in a variety of rocking chairs that surrounded a small …

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  • The Chisholm Trail has roots in Stone County

    What does Joseph “Joe” Monroe Moody have to do with the Chisholm Trail? Joe Moody (1853-1944), son of Jonathan Moody and Martha Jane Cornett, married Paralee Goodnight (1852-1916), daughter of Philip Goodnight and Mariah Reeves. Philip was the son of John H. Goodnight Jr. and …

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  • Former mayor says he is ‘bullish’ on Fort Smith

    Are you bullish on Fort Smith? Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, says he’s “bullish on Fort Smith,” and he offers compelling support for his position. Speaking last week to the Times Record editorial board, Rep. Womack described himself as a “fundamentals guy,” and said Fort Smith …

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  • Let go of shallow interactions

    “There’s a human tendency to feel like you’re pulling more than your fair share of the weight.” That was the opening line of a piece by Lisa Earle McLeod, a writer who graces the Guard opinion page from time to time. But how accurate those …

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