• Winter offers good trout action, eats

    I like trout fishing; that’s mainly due to the fact I have better luck with trout than other species. I concentrate my efforts on the nearby Little Red River at Heber Springs because it’s close by and I have friends at Lindsey’s Resort, where I …

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  • Stories tell more than headlines

    Last week while perusing through news websites, a couple headlines kept jumping out at me: “Local pastors arrested for feeding the homeless!” And, “90-year-old man arrested for helping the homeless!” That type of headline is sure to make us stop and read the story right? …

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  • Future seems to be going up in smoke

    I admit it: I feel sorry for cigarette and cigar smokers these days. But changing fashions and the results of the recent election may offer them hope. Cigarette smoking used to be fashionable. Actors like Steve McQueen and Sean Connery made it look manly and …

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  • Last of the fall harvest

    Last spring my sister Robbie asked me where to get some sweet potato slips. I’d told her I’d grown my own on a good sweet potato from the store. Like sprouting an avocado tree from its seed, I used two toothpicks inserted into the side …

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  • Eat, Pray, Love change may be in order

    There was no gorging myself on Italian pizza, finding my spirituality in a foreign country or getting a divorce and a chestnut horse but about this time last year ago came the knowledge that an Eat, Pray, Love change was in order. Even with a …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Bypass around Batesville is much-needed Dear editor: As I sat in yet another traffic delay on Ramsey Mountain secondary to a vehicle accident this morning, I was reminded of how much we need a bypass around Batesville. It is clear that everyone is in a …

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  • Herman Davis, most decorated Arkansan of World War I

    Herman Davis went from deep poverty in a remote corner of Arkansas and became the most decorated Arkansan of World War I. He was born just outside what is now Manila in Mississippi County in 1888. The family lived in a small shack outside the …

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  • Why millennials hate voice mail

    Get this: Millennials hate voice mail and don’t often bother to listen to their messages. So reports NPR’s “All Things Considered” in its “The New Boom” series. As it goes, millennials prefer to receive their information via text or Facebook messages. If they receive a …

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  • Dads know a lot but Pa’s know everything

    Dad. Daddy. Daddio. Pops. Padre. Father. Papa. Vader. Hey, you with the wallet. Over the years, whatever my siblings and I have called our dad, he has usually answered. And believe, as the father of three heathens, he has been called a lot (not all …

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  • Martin Luther King Jr. spoke on both sides of Berlin Wall

    Editor’s note: This article first appeared in The Washington Post. When we think of Martin Luther King Jr.’s great speeches, we don’t think of Berlin. And when we think of great American speeches in Berlin, we think of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan; we …

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  • Cop comes to motorist’s rescue

    A flat tire wasn’t on Elva Holder’s shopping list when she came to Batesville the day before Halloween, but she’s awfully glad help wasn’t far away. Holder, of Saffell, had finished her shopping by late afternoon and was headed home when a tire on her …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Brother-in-law: Letter writer should’ve done more research Dear editor: You recently published a letter (“Female real estate agents can face real danger,” from Sandy Qualls, dated Oct. 9) in which the writer expressed the desire to make the real estate profession safer. She referenced the …

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