(Advertisement)

Mike Masterson

Photo of Mike Masterson
Correspondent
Contact Mike

Recent Stories

Flawed counsel

Subscriber onlyBelynda Goff of Green Forest has seen her hopes for executive clemency sink into despair yet again after serving 20 years in prison for the murder of her husband, a crime she's vehemently denied since her arrest in the 1994 death. Continue reading...

Duggar dilemma

Excruciating lesson

Subscriber onlyA reader asked the other day why I had yet to comment on Josh Duggar's heavily publicized 2002-2003 sexual misbehavior that cost him his job, reputation and his family their long-running TV show on TLC. Continue reading...

Tribute on the river

Subscriber onlyLow, fast-moving rain clouds punctuated by intermittent showers couldn't keep nearly 100 people and Channel 10 television from Springfield, Mo., from attending the memorial rally and float for the late 3rd District Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt along the Buffalo National River near Pruitt last weekend. Continue reading...

Missing a gun?

Search me

Subscriber onlyHow do deputies search an ex-con on parole, cuff and place him in the back seat of a patrol car, then return a few minutes later to find him blazing away at them with a pistol? Continue reading...

An honorable act

Short steps down

Subscriber onlyThe noblest effort I've seen thus far in the Washington County bridge-building fiasco came the other day when Dan Short chose to relinquish the appointed position he's held more than six years as the county judge's chief of staff. Continue reading...

Carpe diem draining

Subscriber onlyThose who've followed this column likely have read over the years that four former classmates from the Harrison High School class of 1965 gather each spring for a weekend reunion on Bull Shoals Lake. This marked our 19th year. Continue reading...

A bridge to cross

Imagine that

Subscriber onlyDon't know about the rest of you, but I felt so much relief to know leaders at the Washington County Road Department, criticized publicly for their "systemic leadership problems," are taking a course on how to become ... what else ... leaders. Continue reading...

In reflection

Two decades of stories

Subscriber onlyThere are days when all I feel like doing is enjoy my back porch while reflecting on all that's transpired since returning to my native Ozarks in 1995. So please just humor me for a few minutes today, or jump to another story (can't say I'd blame you). Continue reading...

Still big news here

Subscriber onlyIt's no longer fresh news in Arkansas. Yet I see it as a big deal that six public high schools in Northwest Arkansas were listed among the state's top 10 in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. Continue reading...

A span of failures

Washington County bridges

Subscriber onlyWell, after a few months, it's finally official: Employees and supervisors at Washington County's Road Department failed to follow engineers' plans in constructing at least three county bridges. Why, you ask? Apparently because building them the-seat-of-their-pants way was, well, just easier. Continue reading...

More stories by Mike »