• Tugalo Stone sheds light on mysteries

    An inscribed stone in north Georgia that has been an enigma for about two centuries was recently found to be very important to pre-Columbian researchers, according to an article by Thomas D. Cox, archaeologist and historian. An article by Cox in Vol. 14, Issue No. …

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  • My sandwich demands its rights, too

    It’s always nice to see schools in the news for something positive — like implementing new programs for students, teacher of the year, scholarship recipients, sports championships, etc. Those things make us smile. After all, the youth of America is our future and one of …

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  • Does ObamaCare cover sticker shock?

    Rebecca was stunned when she opened her mail last week. Her insurance carrier, Highmark BCBS, said her health insurance premium would rise 40 percent this year and her policy would be canceled on Dec. 1, 2014. She had purchased the policy in 2009, after her …

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  • Stepping back in time

    Back in 1981 the city and county decided two law enforcement agencies in one county wasn’t really the way to go. The city of Batesville was experiencing internal turmoil and after some consideration the two entities agreed on an interlocal contract aimed at the safety …

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  • In all honesty: Tales about The Tooth Fairy

    I love to teach the children at our church. They are always so full of life, and I learn a lot from them. This last Sunday, teaching the 5-year-olds, was no different. My lesson was on honesty, but before we could get to it, we …

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  • Parents should talk to their teens about sex

    According to research published by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, our teens may know more than we give them credit for when it comes to sex education. Most teens (94 percent) think that adults should inform them that they ought to wait to …

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  • How to repurpose birthday tutu for little girl’s pirate costume. Or, how to drive yourself crazy

    I think I’m beginning to understand why my folks always bought our Halloween costumes, rather than make them. Last year, I saw the most adorable Cookie Monster tutu online and bought it for Kaylee. She was barely big enough to sit up by herself last …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Bifocal wearer just needs more time to get adjusted Dear editor: After reading Danny Tyree’s story about wearing bifocals, I wanted to call him up and tell him this but can’t find him listed anywhere in the phone book. So I assume he has a cell phone or only a computer of which …

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  • The boy who lives for Halloween year-round

    “From ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things  that go ‘Momma! Momma!’ in the night,  Good Lord, deliver us.”  —Modified Scottish poem     Nov. 1 will be a red-letter day in the Tyree household. That’s when preparations begin for next Halloween. Yes, Gideon …

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  • What’s that in the sky? It’s the ISS

    I’m sure it had something to do with clear skies but three times last week I watched the International Space Station pass over Batesville. Isn’t it amazing, and a little scary, what you can find out on the Internet? I visited http://spotthestation.nasa.gov and put in …

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  • 6-ton mastodons once roamed Delta

    “Mona” looms large inside the Arkansas State University Museum at Jonesboro. She is a full-sized prehistoric mastodon skeletal-cast. The bone parts that make up Mona are identical to the hundreds of fossilized mastodon remains found in eastern Arkansas. Surprisingly, Arkansas has more known mastodon sites …

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  • Confederate army facing long winter after series of failures

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Confederate army was licking its wounds following a series of devastating failures in Arkansas, including Prairie Grove, Pea Ridge, Helena and Little Rock. The headquarters of the Trans-Mississippi Department was now in Shreveport, La., and the district, up until …

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