• 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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  • A summer to always remember

    You would have never found me hiking a several-hundred-foot bluff, spending several hours out on a boat collecting samples of water, examining their contents and brainstorming what could be built to generate oxygen flow, but that summer was different. Looking over that acceptance letter that …

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  • ‘Dr. Livingstone, I presume?’

    “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” became one of the most famous introductions in world history. It originated in 1871 when Sir Henry Morton Stanley located Dr. David Livingstone in the deepest jungles of the Congo River in Africa. Most people don’t know that just 10 years …

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  • Clueless in Atlanta

    There’s always someone in our lives who pushes us along and makes us get out of our comfort zone. For me that person is my cousin Joyce Powell. I call her by her nickname — Pixie. She is one of the strongest, bravest women I …

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