• Disappointed by ‘Dallas’ downer

    I am utterly disappointed. Over the last 18 months Luke and I have been watching the original “Dallas” TV series and since that time I’ve written a column or two about my thoughts on the hit show that captured audiences in the 1980s. Last week …

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  • In 1783, British attacked Arkansas Post

    The American Revolutionary War was mostly fought in colonies along the eastern sea coast. However, in a strange turn of events, the war spilled into Arkansas on April 17, 1783. Arkansas and vast territories west of the Mississippi River were under Spanish rule at the …

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  • Still as relevant as ever – Newspapers: Vital part of community

    Where was it that you heard about the so-called demise of the newspaper? Probably, you read about it in your daily newspaper; because, as Mark Twain, a journalist himself, was able to write to a friend: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” And …

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  • What’s so ‘dam’ funny?

    On Thursday I went to Heber Springs to report on the 50th anniversary of the Greers Ferry dam along with my co-worker Lacy Mitchell. As many of my readers know, I grew up in Heber Springs and am so proud I got to go cover …

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  • GOP Breaking Bad

    You can smell it as soon as you drive into town. Gilroy, Calif., calls itself the “Garlic Capital of the World,” due to its big garlic crop and its top-of-the line Gilroy Garlic Festival, which features authentic garlic ice cream. At first you can’t pinpoint …

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  • Monitoring teens’ social media isn’t going too far

    A school district in suburban Los Angeles has recently been all over the news for its decision to hire an outside investigation firm to monitor students’ social media. The school in Glendale, Calif., is paying a company called GEO Listening $40,500 to monitor the social …

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  • Some blue-collar horse sense needed

    Editor note: The following is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” available at amazon.com.   The article in The Washington Post filled me with hope: There’s a trend toward college-educated people getting into …

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  • The collegiate football experience

    Lyon to take on rival Hendrix When I set foot on the Middlebury College campus in the Champlain Valley in Vermont, I was a long way from major college football. Middlebury is a Division III school and a member of the New England Small College …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Talent enhances community Dear editor: It is my life experience that the texture of life in a community is enhanced by the presence of the arts, especially music. I had the opportunity to attend the “Levon Helm Tribute Concert” in the Fellowship Bible Church that once housed …

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  • Recharges good, like a cigarette should?

    Having been bombarded with umpteen Internet ads for “electronic cigarettes,” I resolved to find out what the dadblamed things are. An e-cigarette, I found, is a battery-powered device that delivers a fine spray of nicotine without any flame or smoke (although it does have a …

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  • Arkadelphia became Confederate HQ

    One hundred fifty years ago, as the Confederate forces in Arkansas were reorganizing following the Federal victory in the Little Rock campaign, Arkadelphia became the headquarters of the rebel army in Arkansas as Gen. Holmes regained control of his forces. Arkadelphia was the hub of …

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  • More ideas than finished projects

    Oh, Pinterest, you temptress. Every time we meet, you make me long for crafts I shall never make, foods I will never prepare, places I will never visit, and words I will never live by. Yet, I can’t give you up. Autumn has arrived — …

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