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Commencement address

posted: 05/24/2016 3:02 a.m. Discuss

The sanctuary in Little Rock's Fellowship Bible Church was steadily filling to capacity. The church was far beyond what I expected after strolling into its multilevel auditorium to deliver the commencement address to graduates of the program administered by the Home Educators of Greater Little Rock.

Brandon Burlsworth’s life

posted: 05/22/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

It appears the much-anticipated film devoted to the rise of the late Brandon Burlsworth from a shy, portly Harrison High School offensive lineman to a Razorback walk-on, All-American and first-round NFL pick likely will be released for national audiences in late summer.

Arkansas' cowboy artist

posted: 05/21/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Imagine character actor Wilford Brimley's distinctive face combined with the familiar baritone voice of radio personality Tom Bodett (Motel 6 lights on for ya) and you'll come close to envisioning Arkansas' famed Western artist Michael Andrews.

Stuck on ignorance

posted: 05/17/2016 2:47 a.m. Discuss

What about those multiple plumes of suspicious leakage discovered by an Oklahoma State University geologist deep beneath the clay-lined waste lagoons at C&H Hog Farms at Mount Judea?

Sex crimes and minors

posted: 05/15/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

A stream of news accounts in the paper recently reads like a police log.

Where has honor gone?

posted: 05/14/2016 2:32 a.m. Comments 2

It wasn't always easy growing up the son of an Army officer who served in World War II and Korea. Rue Masterson, or "The Colonel," as I called him, set high standards for himself and his children. And at the top of his list was a trio of expectations: character, integrity and honor.

High cuisine at Low Gap

posted: 05/10/2016 2:53 a.m. Discuss

The hills of Arkansas are peppered with rural restaurants that serve exceptional meals. From the popular 178 Club in Bull Shoals to the remarkable Cliff House Inn along Scenic Arkansas 7 south of Jasper, the list of such places is surprisingly long for a state our size.

Love to hate

posted: 05/08/2016 1:44 a.m. Comment 1

Drawing back the driver, I hesitated at the top of my backswing, then drove the clubhead through the dimpled white ball perched on a tee just off my left foot.

Findings raise questions

posted: 05/07/2016 1:58 a.m. Comments 2

How's it possible that Oklahoma State University geologist Todd Halihan discovered likely evidence of raw hog waste seeping deep into the karst-laden subsurface and groundwater beneath the hog factory at Mount Judea without state environmental agencies, the governor and Arkansans learning of it for a year?

Testimony of pollution

posted: 05/03/2016 2:29 a.m. Comments 3

The year's most significant meeting of the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission occurred last Friday in Little Rock.

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