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Health of our waters

posted: 09/25/2016 2 a.m. Discuss

If you didn't visit the Buffalo River Watershed Alliance website last week and see the enormous infestation of algae blooming along a section of the country's first national river, the pictures are still there as proof of the muck stretching from Gilbert to South Maumee.

Becoming Chef Russell

posted: 09/24/2016 3:25 a.m. Discuss

Big, friendly Russell Shorb of Harrison was always a lot like so many of us. His 45 years had been filled with hopes and aspirations along with more than his share of bleaker times and painful hard knocks.

MIKE MASTERSON: Will it hit target?

posted: 09/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

The way-too-long-awaited drilling beneath raw waste lagoons at C&H Hog Farms in Newton County is finally to begin tomorrow and continue for a few days.

A special bond

posted: 09/18/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Pascal Barron and his strapping 4-year-old German shepherd named Wolf have a special relationship. And it has nothing to do with frisbees, tennis balls or protecting the family home.

Backbone of America

posted: 09/17/2016 2:03 a.m. Comments 3

While I generally agree with those who say it's a sound personal and professional lifetime investment to earn a college degree, I also can't help but notice how many of the more relevant and enduring jobs today require as much or more physical energy and commitment as they do a laudable grade point.

MIKE MASTERSON: What you didn’t see

posted: 09/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Before I leave the remarkable legacy of Harrison's Brandon Burlsworth and the film of his life called Greater, now showing in nearly 400 theaters across America, I want to share a few back-story notes about the 22-year-old Razorback All-American who died in a tragic traffic accident on April 28, 1999.

Off, and then on

posted: 09/11/2016 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Last week, the owners of the controversial hog factory in the Buffalo National River watershed changed their minds and refused to allow the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (cough) to drill a test hole deep beneath one of the factory's two manure lagoons.

A many-layered Greater

posted: 09/10/2016 2:06 a.m. Discuss

By now thousands of Arkansans and many across America have seen the two-hour movie Greater. The poignant true story explores the unlikely rise of Harrison native Brandon Burlsworth from a pudgy, elementary-age boy nicknamed "Cheesecake" to likely the greatest walk-on story in NCAA history.

MIKE MASTERSON: Hot car, again

posted: 09/06/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

While traveling on a 12-day loop through the West, I read online that a 30-year-old mother from El Dorado was arrested last week after leaving her 2-month-old infant alone in a hot car for about 15 minutes.

Painted and petrified

posted: 09/04/2016 1:53 a.m. Comment 1

The scenic drive from Silver City, N.M., northward along U.S. 180 brought more of the stunning scenes of forested mountains and broad vistas that separate this region of America from others.

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