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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Roman conquerors considered the remote islands that would become the British Isles to be worthless. Who would ever want to live way off up there in the fog and terrible weather? Who would want to associate with those smelly peasants known as Angles, Saxons and Jutes. They certainly did not d…

In a 10th-grade language arts class last year, students at the De Queen-Mena Education Service Cooperative spent time carefully studying the Anne Frank Chestnut Tree from the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. A sapling from the tree that stood outside Anne Frank’s secret annex was don…

Congratulations to two of our area 4Hers. At the District O’Rama, Marcus Rosson placed first in bait casting, and Drew Shelton placed 7th in BB shooting. Both placed high enough to compete at the state o’rama in Fayetteville later this month.  

Thursday, July 05, 2018

We are in full swing for the summer heat. The air conditioner seems to hum constantly. I have not been able to get outside to enjoy the sunshine and heat. I enjoy being outside digging in the garden and flowers. My sister-in-law, Beverly Maxwell, enjoys the outside working with her husband c…

The wise old man showed up for the Fourth on a 21-speed Mongoose Deception mountain bicycle with slick tires. He said he borrowed it from a friend in Standard Umpstead and rode it through the backroads to my house, quite a feat for a man of his age who has been in and out of what he calls “r…

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

There were no emergencies in the Cliffs this week and I was able to stay on my feet without a fall. I don’t know if that’s improvement or not. I was able to go out to the doctor this week and the report was about the same. However, your prayers are still requested for the sick and shut-ins. …

The De Queen Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting an Independence Day celebration at the UA Cossatot amphitheater on West Collin Raye Drive on Tuesday, July 3. The annual event is called Let Freedom Ring.

Towards the end of my Air Force technical school in Amarillo, a form was presented to those graduating giving options about our preferred base assignment. I was excited to have a choice, having heard that one didn’t. From the list, I selected North Little Rock, Bossier City and some base in …

Friday, June 22, 2018

Years ago, Jean Nichols published a short poem in an issue of Saturday Evening Post that was so true that it stuck with me: “Why couldn’t I have known it all along? Nothing for the singer, everything for the song.” That little epigram is another way of saying that artists of any stripe are n…

LITTLE ROCK – In the first six months of this fiscal year, the state Office of Child Support Enforcement suspended drivers’ licenses of 4,344 non-custodial parents who had fallen behind on their legal obligation to help with financial support for their children.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Although budget hearings for the next fiscal year do not begin until the fall, we frequently review revenue reports to ensure our budget is on track.  This week, we received the General Revenue Report for May showing net available general revenue totals for the year at $4.9 billion.

Power in a “divine right” monarchy supposedly comes down from God to the king or queen, then down to the royal family, then down through the “peerage” to the courtiers, then down to the commoners. If there is anything amiss with royalty on any level, king, queen, prince, princess, it leaks d…

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Like you, I have been hearing and reading some personal slurs and insults from media outlets. In the light of such, let me offer an alternative to a flawed truism that is anything but true: Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can break my heart. Harsh or untrue words certainly do …

Monday, June 04, 2018
Friday, June 01, 2018

Thank you to everyone who showed support to the Gillham VFD and first responders during the annual fund raiser. They raised around $2,700. This money will be used wisely to maintain current equipment, buy new, training and maintenance of the building. They have also recently sold the old fir…

There were no emergencies reported in the Cliffs this week. Everyone took time out to honor their mothers and enjoy a day at family worship.

It is estimated that for every dollar you spend at the grocery store, only 11 cents goes to a farmer. More than 30 cents of every dollar goes to pay for processing, packing, and transporting.

The wise old man was here for Memorial Day. He called me from the Texarkana bus depot Sunday morning at 5:30. We were eating pancakes by 6:30 when he started catching me up on his activities for the past few months.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

LITTLE ROCK — The economy in our state is booming, which allows us to keep existing businesses and to attract new ones. Since December, 10 companies have announced that they are expanding their Arkansas operations or plan to open here.

The decorum of historic practice was on full display when the Archbishop bound Harry and Meghan’s arms together with his stole and proclaimed, “What God hath joined together let not man put asunder.” That special moment was richly nostalgic for my wife and me because our vows in an Episcopal…

A vast majority of recreational vacations are water-related, and Arkansas is ready. With more than 600,000 acres of lakes, there’s plenty of space for fishing, swimming, sailing, boating and more.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

There were no emergencies reported in the Cliffs this week. Everyone took time out to honor their mothers and enjoy a day at family worship.

Many if not most popular songs of my teen years were quite meaningless. Bebop a lou la. You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog. Tutti fruiti, all rooti. Saw Aunt Sally comin’ and ducked back in the alley. One for the money, two for the show, three to make ready, now, go cat go. Stay off of my blu…

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

White Cliffs has become quite the fisher cove this spring. There seems to be many more campers coming to enjoy the fishing and camping than previous times. These campers have very expensive fifth wheelers and exotic boats. I wouldn’t mind taking a ride in one of those boats myself. So, if yo…

“That boy can’t hit a nail,” Pop often proclaimed to the rest of the family about me. As a master carpenter, the only way he judged other people was by their skill, or lack of it, in using the tools of his trade. So, I decided early in life that I would seek means of employment that did not …

It is never lost on us here at the Capitol that a teacher’s day does not end with the bell.  We know they spend countless hours at home grading papers, preparing for tomorrow’s lesson, and thinking about how to reach that challenging student who is falling behind.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

In 2017, State Revenue Offices served more than two million in-person customers.  Although the process has been streamlined over the years, we recognize a trip during business hours to get your tags or license is rarely convenient for your schedule.

Aristotle described a good essay as having a beginning, a middle and an end. A beginning, he wrote in a treatise entitled Poetics, has nothing before it but something following it. That sounds simple enough, but it is actually quite profound. He went to the trouble of defining a beginning th…

Wednesday, April 25, 2018