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A dig for diamonds

Subscriber onlyI figured if Bobbie Oskarson of Colorado could happen across an 8.5-carat diamond in plain sight during her June visit to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, why couldn't I? Hey, I'm as capable as anyone of root-hoggin' in the dirt and spotting a sparkly stone. Continue reading...

A tribute to Paige

Subscriber onlySummer invariably draws thousands of golfers to tournaments across Arkansas to raise the funds that sustain many charities. I've played for decades in these events benefiting many causes, from cancer research to hospital foundations and college scholarships. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Finding Naramore innocent was right decision

The right decision

Subscriber onlyThe jury took two hours Friday to finally decide Garland County Circuit Judge Wade Naramore was innocent of the charge of negligent homicide in the death of his 17-month-old inside the family's superheated Toyota Avalon on July 24, 2015. Continue reading...

A changed nation

40 years later

Subscriber onlyForty years have vanished from the rearview mirror since my year as an Alicia Patterson fellow roaming the highways and back roads searching in a 24-foot Coachman motor home for the mood of America. Continue reading...

Definition of 'hero'

Subscriber onlyAt a time when so many are casually labeled "heroes," regardless of whether they fit the bona fide description, I nominate the heroic courage that Arkansas State Trooper First Class Roy Moomey displayed not long ago when he ignored his own safety and put his life on the line to stop a man driving the wrong way on Interstate 40 near Alma. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Mentoring perspective

Teaching context

Subscriber onlyBetween 1989 and 1994 at Ohio State University, I was, one could rightly say, a rather unorthodox professor when it came to mentoring prospective journalists. Continue reading...

If Arkansas was a nation

Size matters

Subscriber onlyWith the Olympics in full swing last week, I found myself wondering where Arkansas would rank in overall size as a country rather than a state. Continue reading...

It can't happen here?

Subscriber onlyThe nightmare scenario many fear when it comes to hog waste polluting our Buffalo River watershed (the country's first national river) has been playing out in Illinois, where the Chicago Tribune reports swine factory waste polluted 67 miles of that state's waterways between 2005 and 2014. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: The foundling

Subscriber onlyIt's 8:30 p.m. on March 20, 1965, in Chicago. The temperature hovers around 8 degrees as Ceasar Johnson steps outside, headed for his job as a night factory supervisor. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Seeing the signs

More GodNods

Subscriber onlyIt's been a while since I've shared inexplicable events in life that some call coincidence, but I know as "GodNods." More than a dozen readers have sent their stories of serendipitous happenings that changed their lives in seemingly miraculous ways. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: What a choice

Subscriber onlyI decided to say this morning what I believe so many readers also are feeling about this presidential election: Are these two choices really the best both major parties could offer to honorably and effectively lead these United States and the free world? Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Arkansas approves

Zapping cancers

Subscriber onlyEditor's note: The original version of the column was published March 9, 2014. Continue reading...

They touch lives

In vivid color

Subscriber onlyI'm betting you have a list of interesting people whose faces and personalities still stand in vivid colors against the misty backdrop of passing time. Their lingering effects are indelible. Continue reading...

Smiley face frowns

Subscriber onlyI see some understandable truth in a satisfaction survey of 122,500 adult consumers conducted by Forrester Research, an independent, international marketing firm. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: On the Buffalo

Drilling to start

Subscriber onlyHarbor Environmental of Little Rock will get the state contract to drill beneath at least one of the massive waste lagoons at C&H Hog Farms. Continue reading...

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