Ledge update

September 27, 2011 LITTLE ROCK ­­— Legislative leaders have asked for an audit of questionable unemployment checks being sent from the state Workforce Services Department.According to a federal report issued by the U.S. Labor Department, the state agency has mistakenly paid out more than $161 million in unemployment insurance since July of 2008..

Photos then and now

September 27, 2011 Maybe it was different with you, but when I look back through the stacks of old albums up there on that high shelf in the bedroom closet for pictures of myself when I was young and pretty, here’s what I find:

Positive thinking: Like ‘crack’

September 27, 2011 Positive thinking is kind of like crack. Once you become addicted to it, you can’t get enough.  Before you know it, it’s become a daily habit and you’re trying to push it on all your friends.But for many, positive thinking is just too wild and crazy for them to dive in head first.                I’ve identified two easier interim steps to pull you out of the abyss and give you the fortitude to deal with difficult situations and people.

Quite a ‘hair’ing tale

September 26, 2011 Mom always told people if the worst I could do as a teen was dye my hair bright auburn then she had nothing to worry about.I’ve always loved long hair but have never had it, not the luxurious, below the shoulders, down my back kind, anyway. I was blessed with the thin, stringy kind that will grow to a certain point then stop.

Pocahontas has 3 museums celebrating county’s heritage

September 26, 2011 Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series about museums in the Ozark Gateway Region.With the Ozark Gateway Region dating back to the 1700s, it’s not surprising it is also home to a number of outstanding museums that keep that history alive with exhibits, guest speakers, workshops and educational programs. We hope you will visit these museums. 

Teachers can’t take sides in religion

September 23, 2011 By now, it should be axiomatic that public school teachers can’t take sides in religion.After all, the Supreme Court has been hammering this point home for more than 60 years: Under the First Amendment’s establishment clause, public schools must be neutral toward religion — meaning neutral among religions and neutral between religion and non-religion.

Entrepreneurs: Here’s a bright idea

September 23, 2011 Think you have got a million-dollar idea? Well, here’s your chance to find out. A workshop called Independence County Entrepreneurship Boot Camp will kick off Oct. 13 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. It will be offering what people need to know to start a business, write up a business plan, where to get the money to start the business and how to market it. Ed Mabry, Independence County economic development director, first thought of the idea. (He’s the guy who tries to get new business in the county).

All the world’s a stage

September 23, 2011 With modern media, know this: you can run off at the mouth, but you can’t hide.It’s surprising how many media-savvy folks fail to grasp that. Some politicians still think they can say things in the hinterlands and not have the remarks rebound on the Internet. Some pundits believe they can let loose in relatively small corners of the blogosphere, or on local radio stations, and not be taken to task as they would in larger national forums.Those who misjudge the viral nature of today’s communications do so at their own peril.

1952: Horseback mail carrier holds memories of lonely route

September 22, 2011 (Ed. note: The following is a “short and true” story submitted to the Guard by Frank Herrington of Banner, who formerly carried a mail route near Jamestown. The time is immaterial — it could be the thoughts of any man toting the U.S. mail over a lonely but beautiful route.)