• Red Cut School had three names

    Red Cut School in Independence County was established in 1918 and operated until 1948 when the state mandated that all schools with fewer than 350 students consolidate or annex with other districts. (Doesn’t that sound familiar?) Red Cut was not the school’s official name. Neither …

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  • Some headlines are 50 shades of stupid

    Sometimes I turn on the television or open up my laptop and I can’t believe the so-called news that is actually making headlines. Things are going on in our world these days that should be at the forefront of all the news. Namely the situation …

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  • Federal occupation was ‘imminent’

    One hundred fifty years ago, Arkansas was defending itself from an imminent Federal occupation. As the Confederate forces routed the Federals at the Battle of Bayoe Meto (Reed’s Bridge) near the present city of Jacksonville on Aug. 27, Gen. Steele was preparing his force of …

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  • Women’s changing roles in war, peace and politics

    Looking back at some old news stories and articles the “you’ve come a long way baby” statement holds true. In the October 1982 edition of the Izard County Historian, Helen Lindley examines the changing roles of women in war, peace and politics. She starts with …

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  • Riders in the Sky – A cowboy adventure

    As I stood at the podium at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Ford Theater in Nashville, I anxiously searched for the right transitional words to introduce one of my favorite groups — The Riders in the Sky. I have always admired western music, from …

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  • Take action to get what you want

    Most of us have times when we realize our lives aren’t turning out the way we once dreamed. We may feel “stuck,” or resigned to our current situation, surrendering our optimistic visions to the realities of our lives. But rather than complaining about what hasn’t …

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  • Understanding mindset of this year’s freshmen

    The Beloit Mindset List, oh, how you make some of us feel old. But it’s like a train wreck — I can’t turn away. It’s a list that was created at Beloit College to help professors understand the perspective of the incoming freshmen. Past lists …

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  • Donald Trump and Miley Cyrus: Separated at birth?

    What do millionaire Donald Trump and recording star-actress Miley Cyrus have in common? Both got headlines and are probably smiling right now. Because they how to push a common button. Trump is the millionaire, television celebrity and birther-in-chief who has proven that in America any …

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  • ‘Selfie,’ ‘twerk’ — look it up (online)

    Adding new words each year to the dictionary must be mandatory but I’m glad the words added last week were saved for the online version. On Wednesday phablet, selfie, twerk, jorts (denim/jean shorts) and several other words became part of the Oxford Online Dictionaries website. …

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  • Capitol site was once a prison

    The history of the state’s centralized penitentiary dates to 1838, when the Legislature approved laws creating the construction. Some 92 forested acres were purchased about one mile west of Little Rock’s city limits and construction started on a state prison in 1839. Built to house …

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  • Love thy neighbor? Many of us don’t even know them or care about them

    Many years ago I heard a man on a radio show say that America went downhill when people began building decks on the backs of their homes. He went on to explain that front porches were where neighbors got to know each other over a …

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  • America’s bucket list

    Over the summer I’ve perused three or four books about bucket lists (those collections of tasks, large and small, that one dreams of completing before “kicking the bucket”) and my reading dovetails nicely with the perceived state of the nation. Someone is always predicting that …

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