• Letters to the editor

    Voter says no to ‘bigoted’ writings  On Saturday, Oct. 20, Charlie Fuqua came campaigning to my home. I told him that, having read his views, I would not vote for him. Mr. Fuqua told me that what I had seen printed was out of context, …

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  • Boo! Kaylee’s first trip to zoo

    Saturday night, we were among the walking dead. And giant butterflies and ladybugs. And several superheroes, including Superman, Captain America and Batman, as well as princesses, witches and more. Gary and I took Kaylee on her first trip to Boo at the Zoo, held at …

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  • Arkansan Dizzy Dean was baseball great

    “Dizzy” Dean was born in Lucas (Logan County), Ark., on Jan. 16, 1910. Dizzy enjoyed creating confusion about his birthday and even his correct given names. While playing semi-pro baseball, Dean would “borrow” first names of other players he met. For a time he was …

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  • 14-year-old is someone to look up to

    It’s easy to take so many things for granted when you live in a country that upholds the freedom to do so much yet most often comes at the hands of those who fought and died for it to be that way. I had heard, …

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  • You can’t make this stuff up!

    If you’re into crazy but true stories like me, I have the prefect website- -— Atlas Obscura. A friend of mine at work showed it to me and it’s full of crazy stories and places that are submitted by readers. Whenever readers can submit to …

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  • Halloween will never be the same

    Maybe it’s just the haze of nostalgia, but it seems that 40-plus years ago when I was trick-or-treating age, we could put the Vietnam War, the sexual revolution, civil unrest and the drug culture out of our minds long enough for some good old-fashioned fun. …

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  • Of ancient pyramids, ice and maps

    As late as midweek I did not think I had time to write this column before deadline, but here it is with apologies to those I told there would be no “What the???” this week. A team of explorers is claiming to have found evidence …

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  • Interview with Big Bird

    A butler opens the door of the large Sesame Street brownstone and guides me to the parlor. Big Bird is sitting on a large couch, wearing a silk smoking jacket, holding a bourbon and enjoying a drag on what appears to be an unfiltered Camel …

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  • Cutting down on food waste

    When we were children, our mothers told us to eat all the food on our plates because it was good for us and bad to throw it out. Today, professionals who manage the disposal of our garbage say there are direct consequences of not cleaning …

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  • I got my flu shot — and didn’t even have to leave work

    I got my flu shot Monday. The Independence County Health Unit came to the Batesville Daily Guard office and gave a vaccine to everyone who wanted one. We didn’t have to drive to the fire station, Pleasant Plains or Oil Trough. We didn’t have to …

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  • Math professor remembers initiation at pudding throw

    “OK,” our department chairman said as the department meeting wound down. “One last item of business. We need someone to go and support our math club at the Halloween Carnival.” I was the newest member of the department, the first addition in a long time. …

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  • Fall has its own smell

    Ah, the smell of fall is in the air! My favorite fall smell (I’m not from a big city/college, so I don’t do aroma things) is wood smoke from fireplaces and campfires. All the fireplaces in my home are gas powered, but someone in my …

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