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Matthew Pate | Pear-ish the thought of spring

Feb 11, 2015 1:25pm

As I let the dogs out to do their morning business, I saw the first harbinger of spring. The row of quince beside my back gate has begun to bloom. The blossoms are a deep rosy pink. They’re always...

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Nate Strauch | That’s (unfortunately) showbiz

Dec 31, 2014 8:54am

Many things happened on Christmas Day this year that were par for the yuletide course. Presents were opened by rapturous children and then quickly forgotten. Millions of people darted to and fro,...

Dr. Ken Bridges | Clarke goes from Ozark to Helena to Governorship

Dec 29, 2014 2:21pm

As a youngster, friends all described James P. Clarke as “determined.” He was angry, passionate, and obsessive about ideas. Clarke’s passions would create many enemies in an up-and-down political...

Matthew Pate | Fated flocking and rifles redeemed

Dec 23, 2014 4:47pm

It’s hard to know what will make a lasting Christmas memory. I don’t know if the two I’m about to relate are my most favorite, but they’ve stuck with me for many years. Both just happen to center...

Nate Strauch | Merry. Christmas.

Dec 23, 2014 4:47pm

During halftime of the Monday Night Football broadcast last week, something extraordinary happened. Chris Berman ended his football commentary with a phrase so rare, the EPA is likely shortlisting...

A-State announces Fall graduates

Dec 22, 2014 6:12pm

JONESBORO — A graduating class of 1,100 was awarded diplomas during Arkansas State University’s 2014 fall commencement ceremony, Dec. 13, in the Convocation Center.

Chancellor Tim Hudson...

Henderson State winter commencement held Dec. 19

Dec 22, 2014 6:10pm

ARKADELPHIA – Winter commencement ceremonies were held at Henderson State University Friday, Dec. 19, with more than 220 undergraduate and graduate students receiving their degrees.

The...

Ken Bridges | Dee Brown’s work spans generations

Dec 22, 2014 6:09pm

Dorris Alexander Brown, known as “Dee” to his friends, grew up surrounded by adventure, tragedy, and incredible tales. Coming from such a background, it was natural that he would become a renowned...

Matthew Pate | All the wonders of the world

Dec 17, 2014 7:25am

They were titled The New Book of Knowledge: The Children’s Encyclopedia and they —- along with a well worn Winnie the Pooh —- were among my most prized possessions. I got Winnie when I was four....

Nate Strauch | Tortured decisions

Dec 17, 2014 7:21am

First, a thought experiment: Imagine the one person to whom you’re closest is in danger. Mortal danger. Someone, somewhere is threatening to kill them. And you have that person’s accomplice...

Steve Barnes | Flying high with the Eagles

Dec 09, 2014 9:19am

OMAHA, Neb. – I have three grandchildren. Medicare is on the horizon. I also have a wife who, thankfully, refuses to surrender her youth, and if I must surrender mine I shall do so reluctantly. So...