• Daughter re-entering the nest

    It’s been nearly eight years since my oldest daughter left home. Now 25 years old and after seeing the world, she has decided it’s time to come home. Shay joined the Navy right out of high school and after serving four years has been going …

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  • The window fans

    Editor note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “An Apple Core, a Toilet: Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood.”    Even on the hottest nights of the summer, my father knew how to make our house ice cold. We lived in a modest …

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  • ‘Fear’ greatest threat to First Amendment freedoms

    At various times, every American likely has wished for less of some things that the First Amendment protects. Less hateful speech. One less noisy protest group. Or maybe even the swift departure of a media outlet or personality whose stance or voice is just grating …

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  • Independence County meteorite became famous

    One of the most studied meteorites in the world was found by two young guys and a boy about the last of June in 1884 on Joe Wright Mountain about six miles (some sources say seven) miles east of Batesville and about three miles southwest …

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  • Insanity no excuse

    Don’t you just love it when your satellite provider or your cable company decides to give you a free channel for a month or two? Usually it’s one of the movie channels like Showtime or HBO, and I’ve seen all the movies on them hundreds …

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  • TV on trial

    George Zimmerman’s trial seemed to raise as many questions as it answered, but one thing was proved convincingly: television in courtrooms can have damaging effects. The jury had barely been seated when observers wondered why defense attorney Don West opened with a tasteless knock-knock joke. …

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  • Miscarriage in Texas

    To understand why Texas’ new anti-abortion law is an invasion of privacy, you have to know my friend. It’s a sad story, and despite what Texas Republicans might claim, it has nothing to do with abortion. It does have to do with a woman’s wellbeing, …

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  • Arkansas editorial roundup – Who was watching the lottery security director?

    There is something quite breathtaking in the extent of the crimes to which the former deputy director of security for the Arkansas Lottery Commission pleaded guilty Friday. Remmele Mazyck, who held his position from July 2009 until November 2012, came west with Ernie Passailaigue when …

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  • Mmm, those Cave City melons

    OK, I finally had my first Cave City cantaloupe and watermelon of the year — and yes, they were worth waiting a year for. The Cave City melons and lopes, as they’re called in southern Sharp County, are a delicacy that my family cannot do …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Bathroom complaint Dear editor: To the mayor, park director, city council members: I attended the Independence Day festivities at Riverside Park and I was ashamed of our city. It was regarding the condition of the rest room facilities. There is one each for the men …

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  • The wrongest side of history

    This week’s tale is a horror story about lessons learned by the GOP from the 2012 presidential election. And those teachable moments are … nothing. Zero. Zip. Nada. Empty voids. “Hear the hollow roar of the Pod People. See them lash out at the unknown. …

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  • Racist agenda and national narrative

    “The first to plead his case seems just, until another comes and examines him.”  —Proverbs 18:17   This proverb is true, but only for the honest person, the person who has not already made up his or her mind. People who make up their minds …

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