• Writer could get used to suite life

    Top drawer. Top shelf. Whatever you call it we were there a few Saturdays ago. It was a dream come true for me even if it wasn’t in the town where to me, The Peabody gets its claim to fame (Memphis). Luke and I certainly …

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  • Artwork considered masterpiece

    Edward Payson Washburn became the most famous antebellum artist in Arkansas with his icon creation of the “Arkansaw Traveller.” The fact that he finished the painting only four years before his death at age 29, makes his wilderness masterpiece even more amazing. Born Nov. 16, …

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  • Attorney questions school tax proposal

    A little over two months ago Batesville School District Superintendent Randy Willison proposed to the school board that they seek a millage tax increase designated for school safety. This was in response to the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. At the time of the announcement long-time …

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  • Fun facts about the Dead Sea

    I recently interviewed David and Kathy Insell about their trip to Israel and in researching the story I have become fascinated with the Dead Sea. I knew it was in the Bible but I always pictured a dark desolate place — was I ever wrong. …

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  • Ground Zero Cross: A display is not a shrine

    On March 28, a group of atheists in New York lost round one in their legal battle to keep the “Ground Zero Cross” out of the National September 11 Museum in lower Manhattan. Federal Judge Deborah Batts ruled that the two steel beams in the …

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  • Inspiration for Stomper Time dies at 79

    The name’s Bond — not James Bond, but Eddie James Bond. During the 1950s, rock ’ n’ roll singer/musician Eddie Bond had a great impact in the music world in Memphis, which was giving birth to the new kind of music that teens called their …

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  • Let’s teach real life lessons

    Wow. Things sure have changed since I was in school and I’m not so sure all those changes are good ones. Do you remember what bullying was when you were in school? You know, it was that mean kid who stole your lunch money or …

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  • It’s time to let Willie Mae go home

    It’s time. Time to let Willie Mae Harris go home. I first met Willie Mae while working on a series of in-depth reporting about domestic abuse cases that result in death and why some face charges while others do not. My two stories had similarities …

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  • Investing in others Cotton and Jane Carrier

    As I shifted through the box of photos and newspaper clippings, it carried me back to days sitting in a room of young people playing “The Wabash Cannonball.” Often in those gatherings, two ardent participants who took the time to encourage these young musicians of …

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  • Oil spill questions need answers

    Editorial from the Log Cabin Democrat newspaper in  Conway:   We expect to hear of bizarre happenings in our county from time to time: shootings, traffic accidents, fires, even tragedies. But a ruptured pipe leaking oil into neighborhoods near a lake is not anything that …

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  • Easter at Grandma’s

    It doesn’t matter how old I get — the moment I walk into Viva Drive Church of Christ at Trumann, I’m transported back to my childhood. I spent many a Sunday morning and in the summer, a few Sunday and Wednesday nights as well, there …

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  • Can public business be ‘private’ conversation?

    The First Amendment protects our free speech from government control, punishment or interference — but when public officials speak freely through private e-mail accounts or mobile phones, are they free to ignore freedom of information laws? On one hand, they are paying from their own …

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