September 2, 2009 At odds over grantThe Melbourne Beautification Committee met at 5:30 on Thursday August 27 and during their meeting, with  Mayor Mike Cone present, discussed various projects, which included the Highway 69 bridge area as well as the Paul-Anice Park.  Much discussion centered on the use of the $40,000 grant money, which the Mayor had told them would be available for their use when the committee was founded several months ago.

Local boys, big leagues

September 2, 2009 Arkansas has a rich baseball history. About 140 players born in our Natural State have played in the major leagues, including Hall-of-Famers Lou Brock, Dizzy Dean, Travis Jackson, George Kell, Brooks Robinson and Arky Vaughn. At least three major leaguers hail from this neck of the woods.Mays Copeland was born in Mountain View in 1913. Four days before his 23rd birthday he took the mound in relief for the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2/3 of an inning, he surrendered 2 hits and a run. Unfortunately, his first appearance in the majors was also his last. He died in 1982 in California.

Better BS needed in spinning yarns

September 1, 2009 It’s not that Americans mind being BS-ed. It’s that we get agitated if sufficient effort is not put into the spinning of the yarn.BS-ing has a long history in America. In our earlier years, the tall tale became an American art form. The colorful characters who tamed the frontier loved to sit around campfires swapping wildly exaggerated stories about America and American heroes.

Need for scrapbook store

September 1, 2009 Scrapbookers, did any of you catch the yard sale in west Batesville over the weekend? Judging by the turn-out, I’d say there is a definite need for our town of nearly 10,000 to have its own store.

End of Camelot

August 31, 2009 I wasn’t a child or an adult in the 1960s, but I grew up knowing about the Kennedys thanks to some old LIFE magazines I bought in the ’90s.Reading through articles about John F. Kennedy’s death in Dallas, looking at photographs of his funeral, reading about his and Jackie’s life together, intrigued me. They were like Britain’s royal family only they lived in the United States and called Hyannis Port off the coast of Massachusetts, home.

Johnson candidacy a threat

August 31, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Bob Johnson’s flirtation with a bid for the United States Senate is a chancy move for a lawmaker who contends he’s not well known beyond his legislative district.It’s also another threat that U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln doesn’t need as she seeks a third term in office.The Arkansas Senate president’s announcement that he’s considering challenging Lincoln in next year’s Democratic primary is the latest surprise move from a state legislator who has made unpredictability one of his hallmarks.


August 28, 2009 Message: Hurry up and diePresident B. Obama clearly does not understand America’s discomfort with death panels/forced end-of-life planning. Obama denies he is trying to “pull the plug on Grandma” while certainly attempting to pull the plug on veterans.

Dueling bus ads

August 28, 2009 Atheists are on the bus in Des Moines, Iowa — and that’s good news for freedom of speech in America.Earlier this month, transit-authority officials in Des Moines removed bus advertisements paid for by Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers after receiving calls from people offended by the message: “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone.”But now the controversial signs are back on the sides of 20 buses, thanks to a nudge from the American Civil Liberties Union.


August 27, 2009 HDC or KGB?Dear editor:I was not surprised to see a front page article on Monday involving the HDC (KGB) and a conflict with a business owner. It is probably just the first of many and will probably lead to a very costly battle between business owners and this so-called preservation organization before the dust settles.