• About Town

    If I mention the county fair, what’s the first thing you think of? Is it the lights of the midway on a hot summer night? Maybe it’s the smell of the animals in the barn getting ready for their yearly show. Perhaps it’s the vendors …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear Editor, I am sick and tired of the constant phone calls! I called the 800 number to join the “Do Not Call List” and I am still bombarded by phone calls. One day alone I received 11 calls on my home phone and another …

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  • Wolf House at Norfork deserves study

    The Wolf House at Norfork, said to be the oldest governmental building west of the Mississippi that was not built by a foreign power, is impressive. To the eye, the two-story log building is most impressive when viewed from near the White River, just like …

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  • Debtors’ prisons: Not a thing of the past

    In this recession era of shrinking budgets and more than 100 years after the U.S. Supreme Court abolished debtors’ prisons, you might be surprised to learn that several states are still carrying on the practice of throwing people in prison who are too poor to …

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  • Catholic charities taking money from Obama to help illegal aliens

    During the 2012 presidential election, Republicans thought they found a sure path to victory. While it was obvious that long-coveted Hispanics weren’t going to budge, a different group (which an overwhelming majority of Hispanics belong) showed promise. Gallup found that America’s Roman Catholic vote has …

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  • Former Guard writer runs for office

    For years Frank Wallis was a familiar sight in Batesville and surrounding areas. Some will remember his tenure as a journalist with the Batesville Daily Guard while others may know him better through his father, the late Ralph Wallis. After Frank left this newspaper he …

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  • A change of heart

    Isaac’s family had been brutally murdered by the Germans, and he had joined the war with revenge in his heart. But after Berlin fell to the Allies, he found some compassion for a starving 4-year-old German girl who tried to steal his food. The old …

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  • I scream, you scream, we all scream for Yarnell’s Ice Cream

    Summer in Arkansas means long, hot days and starry nights. It is a time for kids staying up late chasing fireflies in their back yards and jumping into puddles of water to beat the heat. It also means ice cream. And in Arkansas, the Yarnell’s …

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  • Toddler’s first visit to fair

    Kaylee finally made her first trip to a fair, and boy, did she have a good time. She’s taller than most 3-year-olds (and probably a lot of 4-year-olds to boot), so she was big enough to ride the kiddie rides. I forgot you have to …

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  • Hobo symbols saved many a soldier returning home

    Last week was unseasonably cool, a blessed divergence from the typical Arkansas July weather. While church, family and school reunions are happening across the nation, many folks are taking time to honor ancestors who fought in the Civil War. It remains the most deadly of …

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  • Keep the connection — don’t wait till it’s too late

    For many, going on vacation also means leaving someone to check the mail, water the plants and let the dog out, but how often are our elderly loved ones left with no one to check on them? Like life has a way of doing, people …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Time stops when your child is hit by a car Dear Editor: Ms. Angelia Roberts’ column that appeared the July 16 edition of the Batesville Guard reminded me of my own experience with the “dead.” My experience occurred in March of 1997, the year I …

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