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Wildlife officers

Unsung heroes

Subscriber onlyI've always pictured wildlife officers pretty much as uniformed citation writers who collect fines for the Arkansas Department of Game and Fish. Continue reading...

Back to the lake

Subscriber onlyThe four of us lifelong friends had a difficult time dealing with the reality. Has it been nearly 20 years since we began pilgrimaging for a weekend on Ken Reeves' houseboat on Bull Shoals? Surely someone miscounted. Continue reading...

Commencement address

Getting schooled

Subscriber onlyThe sanctuary in Little Rock's Fellowship Bible Church was steadily filling to capacity. The church was far beyond what I expected after strolling into its multilevel auditorium to deliver the commencement address to graduates of the program administered by the Home Educators of Greater Little Rock. Continue reading...

Brandon Burlsworth’s life

Greater meaning

Subscriber onlyIt appears the much-anticipated film devoted to the rise of the late Brandon Burlsworth from a shy, portly Harrison High School offensive lineman to a Razorback walk-on, All-American and first-round NFL pick likely will be released for national audiences in late summer. Continue reading...

Arkansas' cowboy artist

Subscriber onlyImagine character actor Wilford Brimley's distinctive face combined with the familiar baritone voice of radio personality Tom Bodett (Motel 6 lights on for ya) and you'll come close to envisioning Arkansas' famed Western artist Michael Andrews. Continue reading...

Stuck on ignorance

Plumes of purple

Subscriber onlyWhat about those multiple plumes of suspicious leakage discovered by an Oklahoma State University geologist deep beneath the clay-lined waste lagoons at C&H Hog Farms at Mount Judea? Continue reading...

Sex crimes and minors

Story after story

Subscriber onlyA stream of news accounts in the paper recently reads like a police log. Continue reading...

Where has honor gone?

Subscriber onlyIt wasn't always easy growing up the son of an Army officer who served in World War II and Korea. Rue Masterson, or "The Colonel," as I called him, set high standards for himself and his children. And at the top of his list was a trio of expectations: character, integrity and honor. Continue reading...

High cuisine at Low Gap

Backroad gourmet

Subscriber onlyThe hills of Arkansas are peppered with rural restaurants that serve exceptional meals. From the popular 178 Club in Bull Shoals to the remarkable Cliff House Inn along Scenic Arkansas 7 south of Jasper, the list of such places is surprisingly long for a state our size. Continue reading...

Love to hate

Self-loathing on links

Subscriber onlyDrawing back the driver, I hesitated at the top of my backswing, then drove the clubhead through the dimpled white ball perched on a tee just off my left foot. Continue reading...

Findings raise questions

Subscriber onlyHow's it possible that Oklahoma State University geologist Todd Halihan discovered likely evidence of raw hog waste seeping deep into the karst-laden subsurface and groundwater beneath the hog factory at Mount Judea without state environmental agencies, the governor and Arkansans learning of it for a year? Continue reading...

Testimony of pollution

Of serious concern

Subscriber onlyThe year's most significant meeting of the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission occurred last Friday in Little Rock. Continue reading...

Mismanagement mess

Back at the office

Subscriber onlyAs the rains of malfeasance set in over the Benton County sheriff's office more than a year ago, the deluge has fallen in steady sheets. Continue reading...

Mennonite blessings

Subscriber onlyMost of us probably envision those of the Mennonite and Amish faiths as private, hardworking, family-oriented, selfless and fully devoted to their congregational communities. What I've never associated with these kindly folks in ultra-conservative dress is a fully equipped and well-trained disaster search and rescue team. Continue reading...

Good soil or bad?

A dirty business

Subscriber onlyIf you haven't heard, there's some dirty business of sorts underway these days inside the Washington County Courthouse in Fayetteville. Continue reading...

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