• Americans love Downton Abbey, not real monarchy

    It is said that Americans don’t like titles. Of course, I’m not referring to all titles. What mother hasn’t dreamed of her child becoming a doctor? The specific type of doctor usually isn’t considered, just so long as Sonny can be called “Doctor” over a …

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  • It’s me — Donetta

    Last Saturday my girls and I went shopping. They bought new clothes and at their persistence — I bought a new look and now nobody knows who I am. I should know better. Every time I get those two together they come up with some …

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  • Panama Canal turns 100: A family affair

    On Aug. 15 the Panama Canal (which greatly enhances maritime trade by providing a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans) celebrates the 100th anniversary of its opening. The Tyree family has a multigenerational interest in this milestone. The U.S. Army generously sent my Tennessee …

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  • Meet the summer’s dumbest GOP white man

    Let’s wave bye-bye to July with a thigh-slapping salute to Curt Clawson, the Tea Party’s latest contribution to the U.S. Congress. Rarely has a Republican white guy evinced such cluelessness about Americans of a different race. You might know this story already; if not, get …

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  • Dating in the sixth grade hard for mom to stomach

    So, my 11-year old daughter came home from the Boys and Girls Club the other day and informed us she “has a boyfriend.” Yeah, you read that right, she is ELEVEN. Now I’d understand it if she was 16 or 17. Heck, I’d probably even …

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  • How’s that War on Poverty working out?

    After 50 years and $20 trillion, grand plan to eradicate poverty in the U.S. is a failure. In January 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson stood before Congress for the annual State of the Union address and declared a “War on Poverty.” Johnson had a plan …

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  • Former Indian reservation was site of Civil War battle

    This past weekend, descendants of the Harris brothers who first settled “Harris Bottoms” in the 1820s congregated to honor their ancestors. The second of the Stone County Driving Tour markers was installed as part of the reunion, located at the junction of 5, 9 and …

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  • When we all get to heaven

    By the time I was 3 or 4 I was destined to land in the obituary department and debate the “when we all get to heaven” topic. My mom reminded me of that last week when we talked about how, back in the day, she …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: We want to share an event that illustrates just why Batesville is such a wonderful place to live. Friday, Aug. 1, was the opening day of Batesville High School’s football practice. After practice 23 hungry football players went to lunch at Mi Ranchito …

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  • Founding of UAMS is fascinating story

    In the 1870s, medicine was in a miserable state in Arkansas. Few doctors were available and the remote locations of many farmsteads and small towns made it difficult for doctors to reach patients. Worse still, there were no means to train new doctors in Arkansas. …

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  • A quest for good food

    After uprooting my little family and moving from the city back to a small town, I went into a little bit of shock when I went grocery shopping in the local markets. Years of study have led me to a lifestyle of clean eating, and …

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  • Many of us don’t have enough retirement saved

    Here’s a piece of information that shouldn’t surprise anyone: The least wealthy baby boomer and Generation X households are far more likely to run short of money in retirement. Gary and I just celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary on Sunday, and when we first got …

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