• UCA prof explores state’s monster lore

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The creatures are stirring. Mark Spitzer investigates some of the most incredible monsters of Arkansas myth, folklore and possibly fact in his new book, “Crypto-Arkansas” (Spuyten Duyvil, $12). Spitzer, associate professor of writing at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, …

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  • Club News

    Batesville 4-H Batesville 4-H Club member Sara Bunch recently hosted a barbecue broiler workshop. Bunch shared with the attendees the techniques, skills and safety issues related to barbecue broiling as an effort to encourage other 4-H members to participate in this annual event. This hands-on …

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  • This Day in History…

    Today is Thursday, Dec. 26, the 360th day of 2013. There are five days left in the year. The seven-day African-American holiday Kwanzaa begins today. This is Boxing Day.

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  • Acting on some good intentions

    My dad used to say that good intentions are never enough; they must be acted upon. Still, I find myself too often with good intentions which I don’t follow through on. That was what was happening that holiday season. I was busy with preparation for …

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  • Thanks for the lesson, Phil

    Just recently, Phil Robertson was suspended from the popular A&E show “Duck Dynasty” for openly stating that he does not support gay marriage, something he believes is a biblical point of view, as do I. The fact that Robertson was unable to speak his opinion …

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  • Deep in the bowels of password hell

    As the new year approaches, many of us in the brotherhood of computer clumsoids (and our number is legion) feel the sharp prod of IT experts encouraging us Luddites to change passwords once a year like smoke alarm batteries or high school girlfriends or underwear …

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  • U.S. Farm Bill conservation program seeks participation – Applications due Jan. 17

    LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program for new enrollments for fiscal year 2014. Producers in any Arkansas county interested in participating in the program can submit applications to NRCS through Jan. 17. “Through …

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  • Caves in national forests remain closed to protect bats

    RUSSELLVILLE — Since 2009, employees in Arkansas’ national forests and other conservation leaders have taken precautions and necessary measures in an effort to prevent the arrival of the deadly White Nose Syndrome disease into the state. This deadly disease could be a precursor to an …

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  • Winter fishing series set on Lake Norfork

    SALEM — The Salem High School Beta Club is hosting the Greyhound Winter Super Series, an opportunity for anglers to fish throughout the winter and possibly earn some money while enjoying their favorite pastime, said publicist Cody Faulkner. “The series will take place at Panther …

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  • Tablets a hit with kids, but experts worry

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tablet computers are so easy to use that even a 3-year-old can master them. And that has some pediatricians and other health experts worried. Since navigating a tablet generally doesn’t require the ability to type or read, children as young as …

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  • Diane Mann

    LOCUST GROVE — Genita Diane Mann, 70, of Locust Grove died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in a Batesville nursing home. Born July 2, 1943, in Locust Grove, she was the daughter of Hansel Harvey Magouyrk and Willistine “Sis” Allen Magouyrk Stewart. She enjoyed her grandsons, …

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  • James Cooper

    NEWBURG — James Charles Cooper, 78, of Newburg died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at his home. Born June 17, 1935, in Union, he was the son of Joe and Mittie Estes Cooper. He was united in marriage to Janie Harmon on Dec. 8, 1977, in …

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