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The Rust cotton picker

Subscriber onlyBen Pearson, who was born at Paron in Saline County in 1898, became known as the Father of Modern Archery. In the 1920s, Pearson made his first bow. He finished next-to-last at the 1926 state archery championships, but worked each day to become better. Pearson won the state championship the next year. In 1938, he placed seventh in the national tournament. Pearson began manufacturing bows and arrows in his garage at Pine Bluff in 1931. From that humble beginning, he would build the largest archery equipment company in the world. By 1963, Pearson was selling almost 3,000 bows and 4,000 arrows per day. More than 800 employees worked at a 15-acre site in Pine Bluff. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: A place to land

In Baxter County

Subscriber onlyThe unlikely tale of Arkansas heliport 42AR at Mountain Home is worth telling. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: It's about the job, folks

Subscriber onlyMost of you vote for the "R" these days in the automatic and overwhelming way your parents or grandparents voted "D." Continue reading...

Letters

Subscriber onlyHumor, originality Continue reading...

GREG HARTON: Arkansans held hostage? Just say "no"

Subscriber onlyMary Poppins was right: A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down. Continue reading...

NWA EDITORIAL: Save the goose

In dreams for future, don’t harm arts center parking

Subscriber onlyWhen it comes to local government, few things can be more fun and even inspiring than developing a plan for the future. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Rogers’ enduring wisdom

Subscriber onlySix years have passed since the National Society of Newspaper Columnists went begging and chose to hand me their annual Will Rogers Humanitarian Award for a body of work spanning 40 years. Continue reading...

REX NELSON: The quiet lake

Subscriber onlyHarris Humphreys was born in my hometown of Arkadelphia in 1878. He attended what's now Ouachita Baptist University and moved to Hot Springs in 1909. Humphreys began buying land and bought a milk cow. By 1911, he had two cows and had established Humphreys Dairy. Continue reading...

Big cats, big problems

They don’t respond to ‘Here, Kitty’

Subscriber onlySomebody once noted yet another difference between dogs and cats: If I shrunk to an inch tall, I could still scold my dog, and he'd still droop his head. My cat would eat me. Continue reading...

No need to oversell

Subscriber onlyNot long ago, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Big Labor) introduced his Medicare For All bill, and thank goodness it's dead on arrival. Congress isn't going to touch it. The massive thing would blow the national debt to the moon. (The debt has already reached the sky.) They say Bernie Sanders' idea would cost more than $32 trillion. Continue reading...

Others say: China's gulag archipelago

Subscriber onlyWhen reports began filtering out of China last year about a massive indoctrination and internment drive against ethnic Muslim Uighurs in the western region of Xinjiang, the government in Beijing denied that anything was going on. Later, China acknowledged that criminals and people who committed minor offenses might be sent to "vocational education" centers there. Now, the regime has gone a step further, revising a regional law to admit the dark reality: An archipelago of concentration camps has been built. Continue reading...

To learn, change

Academy seeks to aid teachers

Subscriber onlyAs state leaders and school leaders across Arkansas strive to make improvements to the quality of education we are delivering to our students in PK-12, there is one persistent challenge that we have yet to overcome. In economically disadvantaged districts, often in rural areas with declining populations, school leaders struggle to find teachers to serve in their classrooms. Continue reading...

Letters

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Doug Thompson: Tax dodging -- It takes a village

Others helped Trump family scams

Subscriber only"We don't pay taxes; only the little people pay taxes." -- Leona Helmsley Continue reading...