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Something wonderful: Back on the line

posted: 04/22/2014 4:25 a.m. Discuss

Dr. Merlin Augustine, founder of the M&N Augustine Foundation, was beaming Saturday as he mingled in crowds that came and went from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cavernous activities hall at Fayetteville’s Central United Methodist Church.

Gathering my eggs

posted: 04/20/2014 2:26 a.m. Discuss

Happy Easter, valued readers. I sincerely hope yours is filled with a sense of fulfillment and renewal.

E. coli soars in Big Creek

posted: 04/19/2014 2:52 a.m. Comments 2

National Park Service water-quality tests conducted earlier this month along Big Creek near where it converges with the Buffalo National River showed harmful E. coli bacteria colonies soaring to about 30 times the number ordinarily found in that tributary of the country’s first national river.

UFO gathering grows: Fire in Eureka

posted: 04/15/2014 3:37 a.m. Discuss

It must have been fate that left me standing alongside Travis Walton in the men’s room at the comfy Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs last week. He was taller than D.B. Sweeney, who portrayed Walton in the popular 1993 movie, Fire in the Sky.

The missing link?

posted: 04/13/2014 2:51 a.m. Comment 1

With Easter Sunday a week away and the latest remarkable revelations about the origins of the universe under active discussion worldwide, it seemed appropriate to share my recent movie experience in a packed Fayetteville theater.

A letter to Cargill

posted: 04/12/2014 2:41 a.m. Discuss

While a single voice raised in the court of public opinion can prompt change, I’ve found even greater power from voices lifted in unison.

A county curiosity: Under scrutiny

posted: 04/08/2014 4:46 a.m. Discuss

The Benton County comptroller and, apparently, the nature of her personal relationship with Scott Stober (former head of the county’s road department who was charged last summer with felony theft of public property) today finds herself the object of scrutiny.

Illuminating ethics

posted: 04/06/2014 2:50 a.m. Discuss

In a world where awards and plaques are as common as April daffodils, I occasionally notice one that catches my attention. That’s what happened the other day when I read a list of finalists for the 2014 Torch Awards presented each year in honor of commitments made by businesses to ethical practices, which radiate through their employees to customers and across their communities.

Harrison’s historic evening

posted: 04/05/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

It was an event that any community across our state should be proud to host and sponsor. That truth quickly became evident as I stood at dusk last Tuesday amid the enthusiastic crowd of at least 300 gathered around a plot of ground just outside City Hall in Harrison.

Reflections on state: A growing region

posted: 04/01/2014 3:47 a.m. Discuss

No foolin’ ! The U.S. Census Bureau says Northwest Arkansas is swelling by at least 23 people each day, which makes it the 24th fastest-growing region in the nation.

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