• Bullets passing through air made ‘peculiar music’

    One hundred fifty years ago, interesting information was being printed by the Yankee presses in the state that were confiscated from former pro-Confederate printers. Among the numerous new presses throughout the state included The Fort Smith New Era. This week in 1864, an article was …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Stand up against immorality Dear editor: In response to Mr. (Phillip) Finch’s statement about having to deal with Christians, I would hope this will be the case. Christians should stand up against immorality. They say this will be financially good for Batesville; I can tell …

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  • James H. Berry: From Confederate soldier to gov.

    James H. Berry, a judge, lawyer, teacher, governor and U.S. senator, was one of the leading voices in Arkansas as it moved out of Reconstruction and toward the 20th century. Berry was born in Alabama in 1841. When he was 7, his father moved the …

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  • Marijuana legalization as privatization, disempowerment

    The beginning of this year saw the first fully-fledged legal weed markets open in America in nearly a century. Lines formed, similar those for a midnight movie premiere. Giddy stoners stood in shops in amazement at the ease, variety and quality of the shopping experience. …

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  • God’s favorite postman

    Throughout history, God has used many ways to send messages to us, angels, Moses, Jesus and others. I find one of his most interesting messengers is the weather. When I was a child, I once appeared at a little Church of God tucked into the …

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  • New trick for this old ‘newshound’

    The recent inclement weather gave this old dog (or “newshound” — sounds better) a chance to learn new tricks. The Batesville Guard staff’s geographical makeup is probably pretty close to our actual coverage area, considering we live in all directions from the Guard office, just …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Increased revenue will not combat alcoholism Dear Editor: I read the article in the January 10, 2014 edition of the Batesville Guard on the efforts to get a wet/dry vote on the November ballot. As I read what transpired during the meeting, it struck me …

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  • Piracy as market correction

    For years, advocates of strict enforcement of intellectual property law on the Internet and elsewhere have said that the single largest detriment to the music and film industry is piracy: Namely, the unauthorized downloading of music, movies and other pieces of entertainment, mostly for free. …

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  • Pinterest makes me popular

    It doesn’t require money, just an imagination. It’s like window shopping without a pocketbook, but most importantly it means I appear to be a lot cooler than I really am. Pinterest.com, a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections …

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  • Ernest Hemingway’s visits to Arkansas

    Pauline Pfeiffer introduced Ernest Hemingway to the Piggott area following their wedding in May 1927. It was his second marriage and her first. Since they met and married in Paris, France, Hemingway didn’t actually visit Arkansas until June 1928. At that time, Hemingway was a …

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  • Brain chip ­— no thanks! Google, other companies look to implant technology into humans

    While I was in college one of my professors made a remark that has never left me. He said in the next 10 years we would see more technology than there has been throughout all of history. I thought it was an odd statement and …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Veterans deserve more respect To the Editor: I look at the money spent by the Veterans Administration for a pair of conferences and think that the money could have done more good directly spent on veterans. Just think, the VA spent $863 for an employee …

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