• 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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  • Bank site not right for library

    When I read the Guard Tuesday, Aug. 13, I was appalled at the headline, “Library May Move to Bank of America.” I am in the library almost every day, and the staff and I have often talked about the lack of space. They have told …

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  • Signs for tourists

    My wife, Donna, sent me to town to purchase the last items we had on our list for our vacation. I was working my way down the bread aisle when a lady stopped me. “I’m sorry to bother you,” she said, “but I’m not from …

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  • Let the pantsuit dance

    It’s time to address the burning question singeing the lips of every American this summer: What will happen to Bryan Cranston’s pork pie hat after “Breaking Bad” ends its run? OK, maybe that’s No. 2. The big one is who’s going to be the Democratic …

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  • Five things Republicans have repealed

    House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans should be judged not on what laws they’ve made but by what laws they’ve repealed. I’d like to offer a brief list of the fallout of the GOP’s existential crisis:   1. “Hitler” The first time I heard someone …

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  • Not smarter than a (1912) eighth-grader

    How easy or hard something is quite relative, but I’d say the students of today have it pretty easy compared to their peers from 101 years ago. The Bullitt County History Museum in Shepherdsville, Ky. received a copy of a 1912 eighth-grade exam drafted for …

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  • Courthouses: Rich in history

    After a statewide survey of all county courthouses in Arkansas, conducted by the state’s Historic Preservation program in 1975, the Clark County courthouse at Arkadelphia was rated as the most significant surviving courthouse in the state. It was designed by legendary architect Charles Thompson, and …

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