• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Singer releases album of songwriter’s classics

    Folks today may not know of Don Gibson, but many have likely heard “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” He wrote it, Ray Charles and Elvis Presley, among others, sang it, but Mandy Barnett once promised Gibson she’d record an album of his songs and earlier …

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  • Dutch Queen, Wilhelmina, never came to Ark.

    When the railroad was constructed from Fort Smith to Texarkana during the 1890s, officials sought to increase passenger traffic by building a resort on the state’s second highest peak, near present-day Mena. Due to the fact that Dutch investors had banked heavily on the railway, …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Since tax: 1,200 jobs created, 3,440 lost Dear Editor: In reference to the article concerning the upcoming tax election, I want to make a few observations. First, it is commendable that over 1,200 new jobs have been added as a result of the ¼-cent economic development tax sales tax. However, when …

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