• ‘Rainbow Bridge’ nationally recognized

    Following on the heels of Batesville’s new bridge in 1928, was Cotter’s graceful rainbow-arched bridge, completed in 1930. The state paid the Cotter ferryboat owner $250 to end his service, which was no longer needed. Before the bridge opened, persons in the Cotter region urgently …

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  • Grandparenting: When all the rules change

    I’ve always heard people say they didn’t think they could love anyone more than their children until they had grandchildren and I would have to agree. The minute I had a child I took a backseat with my parents and that was totally OK by …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Reader:  Say no to ‘Jobs for Independence County’ tax Dear editor: How about the truth? They got flyers and signs all over the city that read More Jobs for Independence County. Why didn’t they put More Taxes for Independence County on their signs? Why a special election? You know. They want to …

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  • Thanksgiving always tastes better when it’s shared

    My parents found out that Mr. Tawson not only refused to hold a job, but took most of his wife’s paycheck for himself, leaving almost nothing for her to purchase food to feed herself and their children. There were few things in life that disgusted …

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  • Arkansas’ Bob Riley was first legally blind governor in U.S.

    Bob Riley was an educator, politician and patriot. He would not let wartime injuries slow him down, overcoming them to become Arkansas governor. Riley was born in Little Rock in 1924. He had a fascination with politics from an early age, serving as a page …

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  • Why there’s lots to celebrate this Thanksgiving

    Sure, the country isn’t doing so well at the moment, but there are still plenty of reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving. I sit at the “big people’s table” now, just to the left of my father. It took me years to earn that coveted …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    No zoning for poultry houses Dear editor: We the residents, listed below, of Sulphur Rock, Newark and other local communities would like to make the citizens of Independence County aware of what may happen to you. The poultry industry is looking for individuals to purchase large plots of land …

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  • Let’s buy the kids a Ferrari

    A while back I read a story making news all over the state about the unfortunate 9-year-old who was robbed of his iPhone at the school bus stop, by someone who threatened him with a box cutter if he didn’t hand it over. How scary …

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  • NY troopers can see you text, drive

    The New York State Police is putting more than two dozen tall, unmarked SUVs on the road so troopers can better look down into drivers’ vehicles — specifically, their hands, to see if they’re texting while driving. What’s amazing to me, I guess, is that …

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  • 8-year-old reminds dad of blessings

    The American Thanksgiving holiday has a rich and storied history full of lessons reminding us to give thanks for our many blessings. In school, we learn the story of a gathering between the Plymouth Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians in 1621, where both sides came together …

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  • Making the argument for giving thanks

    In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln called a nation divided by war to join together in a time of corporate thanksgiving and repentance when he proclaimed that Americans “set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to …

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  • Holiday goes to the dogs

    In 2006 I came up against a holiday deadline crunch, so I turned my column over to Turpy, the beloved 8-year-old golden retriever/chow mix who had turned up at our doorstep as a puppy. Turpy provided the column that follows: Hi! Over the river and …

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