• Infrastructure success story

    The stories about the declining state of American infrastructure are everywhere — road and bridges, airports, railways, water and sewer systems. There’s never enough money and we’re always being forced as taxpayers to pay more. But there is one type of infrastructure that has had …

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  • Winking owls, starbursts and mirrored boxes, oh my!

    With my own place comes the desire to fill it with things I’ve always wanted but didn’t have space for. These days it’s not the space, but money, or lack of, that prevents me still. Now that I can expand my sights at what I …

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  • Post offices and early roads

    The U.S. Congress approved a road from St. Louis to Arkansas Post in 1816. Pioneers and post offices would follow in slow fashion. Davidsonville, on Black River, would be the first place to establish postal service on June 28, 1817. Arkansas Post, on the lower …

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  • State Historical Society formed 150 years ago

    One hundred fifty years ago, Arkansawyers were busy trying to protect not only their homes and property from destruction by Confederate and Union armies, the citizens of the state were also trying to protect their history. This week in 1863, concerned citizens met in Little …

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  • I’m part of the problem, too

    I am like most Americans. I go to work and I go home. I don’t get involved in politics and  world affairs. I only pay attention to my little world and those close to me. But while working on a story this week, I realized …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Remembering a letter written ‘just in case’    Dear editor: Many people in the U.S. will not realize that next month will be the anniversary of a “cease fire” signed in Korea 60 years ago. It has been called the forgotten war. It only lasted three years, …

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  • Let’s have more wrist slap punishments

    I’m being facetious when I say that this country needs more wrist-slap punishments, but things have gone to the other extreme far too long. Pay attention to the news and you’ll be surprised at how many firings and forced resignations (in business and government) come …

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  • Stand still

    As I stood upon a chair hearing my friends play outside, I just knew that I was going to miss something. Every fall, I always knew that some of my time would be spent standing on a chair as my mother knelt with straight pins …

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  • A valuable agency: Services for the Blind

    This time last year, I was sent on assignment to interview and write the Sharp County Farm Family of the Year 2012 article. While I was taking notes at the farm family’s kitchen table, the farm wife said, “Can you read that?” I said, “No, …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Man’s inhumanity to man  Dear editor: You may think that this is going to be about serial killers or ax murderers, who kill just for the sheer pleasure of it, but it isn’t. This is about something that took place in this community recently that …

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  • A game you’d want to throw

    I turned on the History Channel last night just in time to catch the last little bit of a show on Chichen Itza. I can’t tell you how cool it is to watch a show on television about a place you’ve actually seen in person. …

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  • Reliving memories

    Dear Miss Wilma: After buying your little getaway home where you entertained your family and friends, I wanted you to know I left a little memento of yours behind. During the demo I found a small magnet attached to the stove that said “Wilma’s Kitchen.” …

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