• Victory was short-lived

    One hundred fifty years ago, Confederate and Union armies clashed for the first time in battle since the Confederate atempt to retake Helena. Following Gen.Pemberton’s surrender to General Grant at Vicksburg, the tide of war turned in favor of the Union, releasing tens of thousands …

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  • Guard ends streaming at football games

    It’s football time again and the Batesville Daily Guard is excited about this year’s Batesville Pioneers. For the past several years the Guard has been doing live coverage of these events. That will no longer continue. It’s something we have enjoyed doing and has been …

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  • Affleck, Cyrus blowing up news feeds on social media

    What’s worse — the news that Ben Affleck will be playing the next Batman, or Miley Cyrus’ performance on the MTV Video Music Awards? For many of my friends, it seems Ben “Daredevil” Affleck couldn’t be a worse choice. They’d almost rather see Adam Sandler …

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  • MLK and the Declaration of Independence

    Aug. 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at that great rally is rightly honored as one of the greatest speeches in American history. All Americans recognize the soaring rhetoric of the final portion of the …

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  • Being TV-less is like missing an old friend

    For more than six months I’ve been without TV. Without live news. Without commercials. Without knowing the latest movie to hit the big screen, and I’m lost just like that TV show with the same name. Via the Internet I’ve been able to catch some …

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  • State’s first manufacturers were salt, grist mills

    The simple but important acts of processing salt and grinding corm into meal are classified as Arkansas’ first manufacturing jobs. When explorers William Dunbar and George Hunter followed the Ouachita River and tested the “hot springs” in 1804, they examined a salt pit along the …

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  • Here come the ‘big city cousins’

    My daughter, Shay, made it home safe and sound from Florida with her two dogs, Ambro and Delilah, and her newest baby, Naomi, a Persian kitten. Let me just say, these animals are probably the most pampered animals I know. They are all indoor animals, …

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  • Some folks are killing themselves with exercise

    You’ve probably never heard of bigorexia; but according to CBS New York, it’s a growing health hazard, affecting as many as 45 percent of men at some point in their lives. Bigorexia (or muscle dysmorphia or Adonis syndrome) occurs in men who possess an unshakable …

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  • Movie should just be called ‘The Butler from Another Planet’

    There you go again, Hollywood. You’ve taken a great story about a real person and real events and twisted it into a bunch of lies. You took the true story of Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served eight presidents from 1952 to 1986, …

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  • 80 years ago, local man was kidnapped

    A traumatic event occurred 80 years ago involving several folks in Batesville, most especially to John F. Homesley and his family. The June night in 1933 began innocuously enough. The annual Miss Batesville beauty pageant being held at the Landers Theatre on Main Street was …

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  • Quite an illuminating experience

    OK, I admit there are a lot of things I haven’t heard of before. There are still things I read about or watch on the news that can shock the heck out of me. Usually, however, this doesn’t happen when I’m driving in my car …

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  • Senator succumbs to greed, arrogance

    Taking campaign money for personal use equates to greed. Not dealing with it directly with constituents is arrogance. It’s a deadly combination for state Sen. Paul Bookout, D-Jonesboro, as the Arkansas Ethics Commission handed him a $8,000 fine Friday. Bookout resigned Tuesday. The devil is …

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