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Commentary: JOHN BRUMMETT: The GIF under the tree

posted: 01/17/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 7

This will be a short modern history of the General Improvement Fund. That's an element of the state government budget that has amounted to an outrage in recent years and now is criminally corrupt in at least one instance.

Commentary: MIKE MASTERSON: Let the sun shine

posted: 01/17/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Fort Smith attorney Joey McCutchen doesn't tolerate public servants with a penchant for violating our state's Freedom of Information Act.

DEAR ABBY: Mom and ex at loggerheads over daughter's cellphone

posted: 01/17/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I bought my 11-year-old daughter a cellphone. My ex does not approve. We have been divorced for six years, and he still can't get over it. He despises me. He refuses to listen to why I want her to have a cellphone.

Like it is: WALLY HALL: Stars align: QBs prove vital in NFL playoffs

posted: 01/17/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Watching Sunday's NFL playoff games with a born-to-be-silver-and-blue fan of the Dallas Cowboys, complete with a Jason Witten jersey, helped to understand the frustration of Cowboys fans who thought after Jerry Jones bought America's team and won back-to-back Super Bowls it was going to be easy.

Commentary: PHILIP MARTIN: We have to do better

posted: 01/17/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

I am fairly certain we will have a new president on Friday. It is all right to be anxious, but maybe we ought to try to be optimistic too. I don't think he'll succeed in dismantling the republic--only we can do that, and it will probably take us decades--and no one should be more worried about the new administration than those Republicans who allowed themselves to be co-opted by an obvious con artist.

What's in a Dame: You have got to go, Mister Roboto

posted: 01/17/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

I've been feeling so popular lately.

The TV Column: History Channel debuts action-packed SEAL drama

posted: 01/17/2017 1:45 a.m. Discuss

TV, it seems, is always looking for rugged all-American heroes to get us through the tough times.

DEAR ABBY: Photo of mom in body bag infuriates grieving daughter

posted: 01/16/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I am a 58-year-old female. My mother passed away in my home almost exactly a year ago. I took care of her for the last three years of her life. After she died, my brother and his wife came to my home at 1:30 p.m. The funeral home didn't arrive to pick her up until 8:30 that night.

Hog Calls: Vorsanger, Bickford left their mark

posted: 01/16/2017 3:14 a.m. Discuss

They didn't play the games, but Fred Vorsanger and Charles Bickford were uniquely a part of them.

So it begins

posted: 01/16/2017 2:22 a.m. Comments 10

As perhaps the most improbable presidential inauguration in U.S. history approaches, some observations on things Trump.

Paper Trails: Arkansan tours as part of Don Henley's band

updated: 01/16/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

HE'S WITH THE BAND: When Don Henley takes the stage at the Robinson Center in Little Rock on Friday, he'll be joined by an Arkansan. Little Rock native Milo Deering is touring with him as a part of the band. Deering plays the steel guitar for the former Eagles member. The musician's brother John (this newspaper's chief editorial cartoonist) hopes Henley's itinerary is such that Milo Deering will have time to visit while the musician is in town. Milo last lived in Arkansas in the early 1970s.

LIKE IT IS: Hardly exhilarating, but Hogs get job done

posted: 01/15/2017 2:40 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas center Moses Kingsley scored his first field goal with 5:04 to play in the first half at Walton Arena.

The Recruiting Guy: Blytheville officer remains a mentor

posted: 01/15/2017 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Blytheville OL Larry Clark, one of the state's top junior prospects, is slowly getting more attention thanks to police officer Dustin LaCotts.

Arkansas Sportsman: Obscure firm introduces 3-inch, 16-gauge shotgun

posted: 01/15/2017 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Only one frontier remains in the shotgun world, and only one manufacturer is poised to cross it.

Critical Mass: Out of the basement

posted: 01/15/2017 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Robbie Robertson is having a moment.

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