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Kenneth Bridges: Rector’s family connections important for state’s sixth governor

Mar 24, 2015 7:03am

Henry M. Rector had a fiery temper that matched the politics of the years leading to the Civil War. As the sixth governor of Arkansas starting in 1860, Rector would lead the state as the war began...

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Nate Strauch | You’ve been U2ed

Sep 24, 2014 1:30pm

I don’t know if most people like the band U2, but suffice to say that many people do. They’ve sold more than 150 million records, and Bono’s mom couldn’t have bought more than, like, a few hundred...

Sherman Frederick | For the love of a good dog

Sep 24, 2014 1:31pm

I’ve always liked the saying that goes: “Lord, help me be the person my dog thinks I am.”

It’s a lofty thought, isn’t it? For no matter how ordinary our day may have been, and regardless of...

Ken Bridges | How Le Petit Roche became Little Rock

Sep 22, 2014 5:55pm

On March 2, 1819, the Arkansas Territory was created, with the capital at the small outpost at Arkansas Post. Arkansas Post was the first European city founded in what would become Arkansas, but...

Ralph Shaffer | Death on the Back Nine

Sep 17, 2014 1:25pm

The golf analogy - describing aging as the back nine of life - has become an obsession with Internet writers and my email companions who finally realize they are getting old. I’ve seen the same...

Sherman Frederick | Get to work, Mr. President

Sep 17, 2014 1:23pm

With apologies to the movie “Forrest Gump,” presidents are like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re going to get.

Sometimes you get a president who exceeds expectations, and...

Dr. Ken Bridges | Albert Pike cast long shadow over Arkansas

Sep 16, 2014 10:13am

He was a Massachusetts man, but he fell in love with Arkansas. In the process, Albert Pike, the largely self-educated lawyer, writer, general, and adventurer became early Arkansas’ most outspoken...

Steve Barnes | Minimum wage and remembering a faithful staff member

Sep 16, 2014 8:49am

Advocates of a higher state minimum wage got it done, submitting valid petition signatures that, according to the secretary of state, were about half again the threshold number (approximately 60,...

Sherman Frederick | Rattlesnakes in the house

Sep 10, 2014 2:41pm

Leave rattlesnakes alone. They don’t want to bother you anymore than you want to bother them. Pretty good libertarian rule.

But when rattlesnakes nest in your house, then it’s time to make...

Nate Strauch | Putting the ‘you’ in utopia

Sep 10, 2014 2:40pm

It’s a great premise, I’ll give them that. Executives at Fox have green-lit a new reality show called “Utopia.” The network is dumping 15 people onto a secluded compound and tasking them with...

Ken Bridges | ‘Toltec’ Mounds have long, complicated history

Sep 09, 2014 6:51am

It is a story that stretches back more than twelve hundred years in Arkansas, and it started with a letter. In 1876, Mary Eliza Knapp wrote to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, to...