• Cavemen had parenting problems, too

    A few years ago I had the opportunity to interview a lady who worked in a public school for 35 years. Personally, I can’t IMAGINE working around kids for that long and not losing my sanity. In my current job I see a lot of …

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  • Berry pickin’ time

    As the sun barely peaked over the Gravelly Spur, Grandma Kitty walked from the spring with a pail of milk. They kept milk and cheese in the cold waters of Frogleg Creek to keep them cold. As she walked towards the porch and the sun’s …

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  • Catholic school incisive, not divisive

    I don’t know what President Obama was thinking. Speaking in Northern Ireland last week, he said Catholic schools are divisive: “If towns remain divided, if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear …

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  • Big secret in tiny Cord, Ark.

    Shh. The Cord community has a secret. It’s McAdams Park. Have you been there? It’s pretty awesome. On Sunday, Gary and I were entertaining our niece and two of the nephews for a few hours, or rather, they were entertaining us. The boys are 8 …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Fire dues on top of taxes ‘double dipping’ Dear editor: To the Bethesda community: We are being asked to pay $30 a year fire dues for the Bethesda Fire Department. But we have not been told that there is $156,000 coming to the fire department. …

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  • An E-Z fix

    My grandfather used to tell a story about a fellow who proposed to end poverty by taking half of the rich folks’ money and giving it to the poor. Asked how this was being received, the man said, “I checked with the poor and they’re …

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  • Infrastructure success story

    The stories about the declining state of American infrastructure are everywhere — road and bridges, airports, railways, water and sewer systems. There’s never enough money and we’re always being forced as taxpayers to pay more. But there is one type of infrastructure that has had …

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  • Winking owls, starbursts and mirrored boxes, oh my!

    With my own place comes the desire to fill it with things I’ve always wanted but didn’t have space for. These days it’s not the space, but money, or lack of, that prevents me still. Now that I can expand my sights at what I …

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  • Post offices and early roads

    The U.S. Congress approved a road from St. Louis to Arkansas Post in 1816. Pioneers and post offices would follow in slow fashion. Davidsonville, on Black River, would be the first place to establish postal service on June 28, 1817. Arkansas Post, on the lower …

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  • State Historical Society formed 150 years ago

    One hundred fifty years ago, Arkansawyers were busy trying to protect not only their homes and property from destruction by Confederate and Union armies, the citizens of the state were also trying to protect their history. This week in 1863, concerned citizens met in Little …

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  • I’m part of the problem, too

    I am like most Americans. I go to work and I go home. I don’t get involved in politics and  world affairs. I only pay attention to my little world and those close to me. But while working on a story this week, I realized …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Remembering a letter written ‘just in case’    Dear editor: Many people in the U.S. will not realize that next month will be the anniversary of a “cease fire” signed in Korea 60 years ago. It has been called the forgotten war. It only lasted three years, …

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