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An honorable act

posted: 05/24/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

The noblest effort I've seen thus far in the Washington County bridge-building fiasco came the other day when Dan Short chose to relinquish the appointed position he's held more than six years as the county judge's chief of staff.

Carpe diem draining

posted: 05/23/2015 2:54 a.m. Comment 1

Those who've followed this column likely have read over the years that four former classmates from the Harrison High School class of 1965 gather each spring for a weekend reunion on Bull Shoals Lake. This marked our 19th year.

A bridge to cross

posted: 05/19/2015 2:53 a.m. Discuss

Don't know about the rest of you, but I felt so much relief to know leaders at the Washington County Road Department, criticized publicly for their "systemic leadership problems," are taking a course on how to become ... what else ... leaders.

In reflection

posted: 05/17/2015 1:48 a.m. Comment 1

There are days when all I feel like doing is enjoy my back porch while reflecting on all that's transpired since returning to my native Ozarks in 1995. So please just humor me for a few minutes today, or jump to another story (can't say I'd blame you).

Still big news here

posted: 05/16/2015 2:55 a.m. Comment 1

It's no longer fresh news in Arkansas. Yet I see it as a big deal that six public high schools in Northwest Arkansas were listed among the state's top 10 in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

A span of failures

posted: 05/12/2015 2:41 a.m. Comment 1

Well, after a few months, it's finally official: Employees and supervisors at Washington County's Road Department failed to follow engineers' plans in constructing at least three county bridges. Why, you ask? Apparently because building them the-seat-of-their-pants way was, well, just easier.

Open your Bible: Hate speech?

posted: 05/10/2015 2:15 a.m. Comments 16

I'm not interested today in unleashing yet another onslaught of name-calling and who-can-outslander-whom. We see plenty of that destructive behavior swirling around us.

Trail into the future

posted: 05/09/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Northwest Arkansas celebrated the opening of its 37-mile-long recreational Razorback Greenway Trail last week to the sounds and sights of city fanfare stretching from Fayetteville north to Bentonville.

Saying goodbye : Uncle John at rest

posted: 05/05/2015 2:22 a.m. Comments 2

Standing in Harrison's sun-dappled Maplewood Cemetery, where I've long paid scores of visits to the engraved marble headstones of those gone, it still seemed surrealistic to watch the ashes of my late uncle, John Paul Hammerschmidt, laid to rest beside his wife Virginia, who died in 2006.

It's all politics: Shaky morale

posted: 05/03/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

After two civil-rights lawsuits were filed by Washington County Road Department workers against the county judge and supervisors, I've gotta believe the morale among the 100 or so employees in that division has got to flatter than fresh-laid asphalt.


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