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Cargill selling off

Subscriber onlyWell, slice my pork chops thick and fry my bacon crispy, a Brazilian-based protein producer has agreed to purchase Cargill's U.S.-based pork business for $1.45 billion. Continue reading...

Middle of nowhere

The station that wasn't

Subscriber onlyWhenever I write about events that can't be rationally explained, it's inevitable some readers will respond with compelling stories of their own. Continue reading...

Dissing Mr. Franklin

Subscriber onlyEditor's note: The original version of this column was published nine years ago. Continue reading...

Extend that ban

Subscriber onlyNow comes an amended proposal from Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas environmental groups that would turn a ban on all future medium and large hog factories in the Buffalo National River into one lasting five years. Continue reading...

A legal lesson

Subscriber onlyMan, oh man, did former City Attorney Ben Lipscomb teach the city fathers in Rogers an exasperating and expensive lesson on what they don't want in a city attorney. Continue reading...

And little goats eat ivy

Subscriber onlyThose with time on their hands over the next two weeks might want to mosey over to Fayetteville's Wilson Park for a bit of poison-ivy-eatin' greedy goat ganderin' (sorry, couldn't resist). Continue reading...

What's at fault?

Subscriber onlyI'm shifting my focus away from Northwest Arkansas and our state today for obvious reasons. Continue reading...

Angelic influence

Our unseen guides

Subscriber onlyA friend asked the other day if I still believe in angels and their intervention in our lives. It was an interesting question since I've always been convinced there's infinitely more to this phenomenon we call existence than eating, interacting, sleeping, electronic diversion and work. Continue reading...

Farewell, 'Dune Buggy Kid'

Subscriber onlyMost Arkansas towns have seemingly simple folks who help enrich their communities for everyone else. It was no different in the Ozark towns of Harriet, then Marshall. Continue reading...

Prayers for Gaston

Subscriber onlyAs with many others across our state and nation, I've come to know and admire James A. Gaston, the legendary Arkansas figure who took a handful of rustic cottages along the White River and, through decades of hard work and dedication, converted them into a world-class trout fishing resort below Bull Shoals Dam. Continue reading...

Systemic failure

The Duggar debacle

Subscriber onlyPlease, we implore you national media types who insist on rehashing and second-guessing the sad plight of the Duggar family--give your sensationalized repetitions a rest. Continue reading...

Brace for more turmoil

Subscriber onlyGirdeth thy loins and strap in tightly, Fayetteville friends, as you normally tolerant, accepting citizens again board the tumultuous Nondiscrimination Express Roller Coaster. Continue reading...

Eight years a leader

The Gearhart legacy

Subscriber onlyEight years ago the UA's new Chancellor David Gearhart and I sat across from each other sharing a meal and healing the rift that had developed between me as an Arkansas journalist and the University of Arkansas administration under his predecessor. Continue reading...

Surly scrawlings

Subscriber onlyThe last thing Northwest Arkansas needs is gang activity and the ugly graffiti scrawlings these disaffected youth leave under the cover of darkness. Continue reading...

Mystery of Max's pants

Subscriber onlyThose who write personal opinion columns for a living occasionally feel the need to try and explain the unexplainable and bizarre, even when it involves something as seemingly innocuous as determined clothing with a mind of its own. Continue reading...

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