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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...

MIKE MASTERSON: Were rights violated?

Drama at Capitol

Subscriber onlyA bit of intrigue is unfolding at the Capitol after a self-described "squeaky clean" White Hall policeman filed a lawsuit in Pulaski County alleging both his personal and constitutional rights were violated last month by a legislative sergeant at arms and Arkansas State Police troopers. Continue reading...

MIKE MASTERSON: Isolated incidents

Heckling halted

Subscriber onlyReaders may recall the headline-maker in Harrison a while back after fans of the North Arkansas Community College were accused of racially taunting basketball players with the competing Labette Community College. Continue reading...

MASTERSON ONLINE: Travelin’ through time

Subscriber onlyHysterical screams and hollerings rang through the forested hollers of Silver Dollar City last week as many among the 300 attending media preview day braved inaugural rides on the highest, steepest and fastest spinning roller coaster on the planet. Continue reading...