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Act of kindness

Subscriber onlyIt was the kind of news story we all need to see more of in a world increasingly filled with conflict, contrived hatred and bitterness. Continue reading...

On party politics

Subscriber onlyMy column last week about the dire warnings from our first three founding presidents over the calamity that could befall us should our democratic republic embrace two self-interested, competing political parties drew varied responses from readers. Continue reading...

One thumb up, another down

Subscriber onlyOur state's parole board has recommended commuting the life sentence of convicted killer and robber Paul Stacy of Benton County. Continue reading...

We were warned

Subscriber onlyParty politics Continue reading...

To prevent deaths

Subscriber onlyChasing safety Continue reading...

Squealin' over hog factory

Subscriber onlyGordon Watkins of Parthenon likely isn't a happy camper after poring over environmental watchdog data gathered by the University of Arkansas. Continue reading...

Tragic demise

Subscriber onlyTerry Stambaugh of Harrison didn't have to die near dusk on July 27 as he drove peacefully to check on his family's getaway home near Branson. Continue reading...

Mayor carves path

Subscriber onlyHow does the newest mayor in a charming yet often tumultuous community navigate the political bear traps to achieve good things for his hometown? Continue reading...

Thank you, Joe Campbell

Subscriber onlyAfter 45 years in this business, I've lived long enough to thankfully have gained a shred of perspective and context. So I have standing at this point to offer some unsolicited advice for those headed in this direction. Continue reading...

Report 'hogwash'

Subscriber onlyThe two federal agencies, ordered last December by a federal judge to assess potential environmental damages from the waste produced by C&H Hog Farms in the Buffalo National River watershed, have released their draft report. Continue reading...

Taken to church

Arrests in vandalism

Subscriber onlyIt seemed obvious to me at the time that whoever was vandalizing the historic Mount Hebron Methodist Church in Rogers had to be teenagers. Continue reading...

Tapped in to anger

Subscriber onlyThe Donald Trump phenomenon surging through the ranks of many conservative Americans isn't difficult to comprehend. Continue reading...

Out of character

Subscriber onlyBelieve I'll give Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck some benefit of the doubt after his uncharacteristic hissy fit with reporter Tracy Neal last Friday morning. Continue reading...

Private is public

In county business

Subscriber onlyIt did this ol’ heart good to see Dan Holtmeyer’s story the other day about how all members of the Washington County Quorum Court and County Judge Marilyn Edwards had been asked under the Freedom of Information Act for all their emails, texts and voicemails shared among them in this most recent term. Continue reading...

When we least expect

Subscriber onlyIt is evening last Monday; 31-year-old Jason Alan Adcock reportedly speeds away from a domestic dispute just south of Branson. Sheriff's deputies responding to a call about that argument catch sight of his 2004 GMC truck and try to stop him. Continue reading...

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