• The art of intimidation

    Jerry was trying to convince his friend, Steve, to join the wrestling team. “You would be a natural at it,” Jerry said. “You’re quick and you’re smart. Besides, we don’t really have anyone in your weight class.” “But I’m a sophomore, and I’ve never wrestled …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Co. judge against tax Letter to the Editor: I am writing this letter concerning the upcoming special Sharp County election March 11, 2014 for a 1 1/2 cent sales tax to build and operate a hospital. First, I am not in disagreement with the Sharp County Quorum Court …

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  • From penniless to famous, Ladd led a tortured path

    “I’ve always had a lot of respect for the picture business. It’s been good to me,” was a typically modest quote from one of the most recognizable movie stars of the late 1940s and into the 1950s. Arkansas native Alan Ladd led one of the …

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  • Why trying to make your kids happy makes everyone miserable

    If you ask people what they want for their children, most will tell you that they just want their kids to grow up to be happy. As the hands-on portion of my own parenting journey winds down, I find myself reflecting on the strategic aspects …

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  • Retreat is a welcome break in routine

    It’s fun to break out of my routine every once in a while and do something new. Last weekend, my friend and scrapbooking buddy Christine Brown and I went to our first scrapbook retreat. It was a fundraiser for the Ash Flat Church of Christ’s …

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  • Jesse James: Robin Hood and murderer

    The Old West is here: Arkansas, Missouri and portions of Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas; it is Stone County. “The Last Picture Show,” written by Stone County Beckham/McMurtry family descendant Larry McMurtry and turned into a movie in 1971 (nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning two) …

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  • Lady head vases make for pretty art

    If I don’t stop collecting them now, it could get out of hand. They’re small, so they don’t take up too much space, and the holes in their heads do serve a purpose, I just haven’t found a good use for them yet. Lady head …

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  • Armed posses protected rural areas

    The end of the Civil War, unfortunately, did not bring true peace to the land. Incidences of mob rule, shootings and stealing continued across Arkansas and other states well into the 1900s. Old feuds were rekindled throughout the Ozarks, causing governors to call out the …

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  • We’re Steele friends

    We’re Steele friends. I’ve been so blessed with an array of friends who come from all walks of life. I’ve fought for more than one when they were down and I can’t tell you how many have come to my rescue when I’ve needed them. …

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  • Attacks on Christians

    There’s a disturbing trend happening in America: Christians are coming under attack for their religious beliefs. That’s right — in America. Once considered the moral standard, Christianity is now being called oppressive and intolerant to certain groups of people. It has seemed to come to …

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  • Crystal ball predictions for 2016

    It says here that Jeb Bush has the best shot at the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, while Hillary Clinton might not be the Democrats’ candidate, and if she is, she’s no sure thing. Picking a president has become a tedious and expensive non-stop exercise. …

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  • Adventurer gave details about Arkansas backwoods

    When young German adventurer Friedrich Gerstacker visited Arkansas between 1837 and 1843, he came through Oil Trough and Batesville during some real happening times. He marveled at the immense canebrakes in the Oil Trough bottoms, which were full of bears, and enjoyed bear hunting. Not …

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