• Outrageous news headlines that are actually real!

    I have become a news junkie and it’s probably pretty obvious judging by my latest columns. I can’t help it though. I am shocked at most of the things I read about and feel compelled to share them. I have found many people are oblivious …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Tyranny in action It seems everyone in America thinks Vladimir Putin is a tyrant because he wants to take over the Ukraine. Most of us do not know the history or facts. It was Grand Prince Vladimir of Kiev that was the first Russian ruler …

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  • A shipwreck of a column: Gilligan’s Island turns 50

    Just sit right back and you’ll endure a tale … Sept. 26 marks the 50th anniversary of the classic TV sitcom “Gilligan’s Island.” People exclaim, “You’re making me feel old!” when I tell them that. Gee, Skipper, I would have thought it had something to …

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  • Albert Pike is one of the most unique characters in Arkansas history

    He was a Massachusetts man, but he fell in love with Arkansas. In the process, Albert Pike, the largely self-educated lawyer, writer, general, and adventurer became early Arkansas’ most outspoken and most famous promoter. Pike was born in Boston in 1809 to a modest family. …

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  • Yellow hair in early New England

    Some history is more mystery than history. We don’t know what kind of “pestilence” struck the slash and burn farmers who occupied the area where the Mayflower’s colonists settled. When they reached Cape Cod, they stopped and on Nov. 11, 1620, they went ashore on …

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  • Why ask why?

    Have you ever noticed how angry you can make someone, just by asking them the simple words “why” or “how?” And it doesn’t matter what you’re referring to either. You can be asking a question as simple as why someone doesn’t like chocolate, to something …

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  • The whole family has to work for Sandman to make regular appearance

    From the moment children enter our lives, sleep becomes a primary focus for the entire family. But the obstacles to being well-rested don’t disappear after the days of round-the-clock feeding and sleep training. Many parents battle sleep issues with their kids well into the early …

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  • Advertising our failures

    Isn’t it funny how we try to fix things after they are beyond fixing? That idea rang true when we were talking shop at the office and how people claim they don’t have money to advertise their business, but magically come up with it when …

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  • Kids matter

    When kids enter their teen years, most parents want to run screaming; however, that is when your child may need you the most. Sometimes parents forget that teenagers have their own set of problems that may be just as great, or even greater, than those …

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  • Mtn. View man has in possession possibly largest mastadon flint tool ever found

    What exactly Donald Burns has in his possession is not known. The large knapped flint piece was found in the Red River outside Choctaw, Oklahoma in 1934. How Donald came to own it is a story in itself but of more interest is the ongoing …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: To the people of Batesville: The leaders of your town council are using you to do something that actually is legal but is very unethical. The annexation project is nothing but a legal land grab to get the tax money from all the …

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  • Northwest Passage mystery closer to being solved

    Last week it was announced a piece of Canada mythology — and “one of the world’s most important shipwrecks” had been found. The shipwreck is one of the two doomed ships from the 1845 Franklin Expedition in the Arctic, found in a part of the …

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