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MIKE MASTERSON: Rootin’ for a permit

Back on Buffalo

Subscriber onlyAfter appealing the state's denial of a Regulation 5 permit in the Buffalo National River watershed, owners of C&H Hog Farms are trying to cover their interests by applying for another form of five-year permit. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: A dentist speaks

Subscriber onlyMy column last week on the disgraceful practice of Parkin police handing out expensive "inattentive driving" citations like Halloween candy to victimized motorists along U.S. 64 rang alarm bells statewide, including one from a Memphis dentist raised in nearby Wynne. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Sparkin’ and spookin’

Subscriber onlyWe look forward to spending time in quirky Eureka Springs. Who doesn’t? It’s the getaway capital of northern Arkansas, a unique place that’s as much a funky arts and music community as it is a free-spirited state of mind. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: ‘Inattentive driving’ tickets

Probe practice

Subscriber onlyLittle Damascus found itself treading hot water last year after then-prosecutor Cody Hiland (following a state investigation) officially deemed it a speed trap and temporarily yanked the town's authority to issue traffic citations. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Growth opportunity

Up in the air

Subscriber onlyIt seems surreal to realize that dial phones, encyclopedias, bulky 18-inch television sets requiring antennas, and record players were a normal way of life in 1960s America. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Can divided nation heal?

Subscriber onlyWe baby boomers born of World War II veterans and their families came up largely accepting that each American has individual rights to believe, vote and worship as they please. After all, we are Americans who have invested our blood and treasure (and those of our ancestors) in preserving those freedoms. Continue reading...

Oggie and H.K.

Long-lived friends

Subscriber onlyTo anyone else in the busy restaurant they were a couple of well-dressed elderly gentlemen facing each other across the table, straining to hear the back-and-forth of their conversation. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Change the law?

Move afoot

Subscriber onlyAfter being found in violation of the state's Freedom of Information Act, the city of Fort Smith wants to narrow the legal definition of what this cherished Act considers to be a meeting, something the state's Supreme Court repeatedly has defined since the law was enacted in 1967. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: You can see

Subscriber onlyWith all the manufactured contentions over our country’s national anthem, I took a closer look at the lyrics penned by lawyer/amateur poet Francis Scott Key during the battle at Fort McHenry in 1814. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Public events coming; back the Buffalo

Subscriber onlyAs readers of this space know all too well, as with many, I am an unapologetic (some say fervent) supporter of protecting and preserving our country's first national river. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Walmart to weapons

Random thoughts

Subscriber onlyHow about some random observations you might appreciate, or perhaps not so much? Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Chewing like a champ

Subscriber onlyHis work is done. I have regained a full set of teeth after months of waiting for a freshly inserted bone matrix to mesh with my upper jawbone and rear gums and fully heal. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: A needless law

Act 10 redundant

Subscriber onlyOur new state law, Act 10 of the Second Extraordinary Session of 2018, which limits when the public can comment on permits previously issued to farms (animal factories), wasn't necessary because it needlessly codified existing Department of Environmental Quality regulations. Continue reading...

Hungry spirits

Food for thought

Subscriber onlyWe are seated in a sold-out movie theater on a Tuesday at 1 p.m. in a town with a population of less than 11,000. And yes, I did write that it is a Tuesday. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Masters up close

Subscriber onlyAttending the Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club has long been on my bucket list. And that rite of spring tees off for the 82nd time in a little over a week, leading the first of four major PGA championships to be played into the summer. Continue reading...

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