• How to be popular — 1950s style

    Fitting in isn’t always easy in high school when you’re the new girl and a self-proclaimed “geek,” but for one eighth-grader all it took were white gloves, pearls and form-fitting girdles to become the popular girl. Now, Maya Van Wagenen, 15, has landed a two-book …

    Read More

  • ‘Cloud seeding’: Rain for sale

    With its never-ending need to control everything, man has figured out a way to control the weather and as typical of man — make money from it. Scientists have not only figured out how to make clouds produce more rain and snowfall, but reduce the …

    Read More

  • JFK: An uncluttered commemoration

    In 1971 when Granny Tyree passed away, her belongings included a scrapbook of World War II editorial cartoons, a freezer container labeled (yum!) “strawberries” (but containing turnips!) and a little book in which she had jotted down her own poems and grandchildren’s witticisms. One of …

    Read More

  • Letters to the Editor

    Happy with Veterans Day coverage To the Batesville Daily Guard Staff: On behalf of the American Legion, Jenkins-Henderson Post 114, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to all of you for providing such wonderful coverage on all the Veteran’s Day ceremonies that …

    Read More

  • Donald W. Reynolds left strong legacy in Arkansas

    One of the most commonly seen names in science and education efforts in Arkansas belongs to a man who actually spent very little time in the state. Donald W. Reynolds built a newspaper and media empire but turned to charity in his later years, building …

    Read More

  • Persimmon seed forecasts, ‘ghost deer’

    So far, like at this time last year, the persimmon seeds are all on the same page in forecasting our winter weather. The white embryonic matter inside the seeds are shaped like spoons again this year, according to Jean McCracken of Sidney, who is usually …

    Read More

  • Beware of discounted items

    My son is a junior in college and, like many college students these days, he has to work a part-time job to supplement his scholarship and student loans. He tried flipping burgers for a while but that just wasn’t the job for him, so for …

    Read More

  • A promising public-private partnership

    It wasn’t that long ago that it looked like Saturday mail delivery was coming to an end. The U.S. Postal Service is running billions in the red and has been for years. The Postal Service said nixing Saturday delivery of letters would cut about $2 …

    Read More

  • Unseen scars often as painful as the ones seen

    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.   In economics, the first lesson I teach my pupils is the lesson of things that are seen and things that are not seen. Actions produce some effects that are readily apparent and others that are not. …

    Read More

  • Bullying’s effects are amplified by its evolution

    As a kid, I was smaller than most of my classmates and was definitely considered bookish. I had a late August birthday, which meant I was also younger than most of the other kids. Not only did these traits set me apart, but they also …

    Read More

  • Southern Ark. provided resources during war

    One hundred fifty years ago, Gen. Price and Gen. Marmaduke’s combined forces were near Camden at Ten Springs. While the Union Army was a bit nervous with a Confederate buildup in south Arkansas, Pine Bluff was being reinforced with 3-inch artillery pieces to prevent another …

    Read More

  • The sky is falling, Big Brother!

    So the Food and Drug Administra-tion has banned trans fats, leaving some to cry about the “nanny state” or “Big Brother” having too much say in our everyday lives. I have to admit, I think it’s just a matter of time that tobacco (or at …

    Read More