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Last week Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, through This is Heaven LLC, bought controlling interest in Go the Distance Baseball’s stake of All-Star Ballpark Heaven and the “Field of Dreams” (1989) movie site.

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it means to be an American, to have a shared stake in this country and its fortunes. In some ways, I suppose the question is unanswerable: We are a vast, diverse country, and we each answer the question in our own way.

Herman Davis went from deep poverty in a remote corner of Arkansas and became the most decorated Arkansan of World War I. He was born just outside what is now Manila in Mississippi County in 1888. The family lived in a small shack outside the town near Big Lake and ran a small store. The fam…

No one seems to be able to figure out what federal law House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California was warning telecommunications companies not to break last week, or what punishment he threatened to carry out if they do, should Republicans regain a majority in the House after next ye…

At an establishment in Greene County recently I stumbled into a conversation between two workers as I approached the checkout counter.

It is a story that stretches back more than twelve hundred years in Arkansas, and it started with a letter. In 1876, Mary Eliza Knapp wrote to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, to report a curious find on her property near Scott in Lonoke County, one which sparked a sensation in…

On March 1, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a referral to New York Attorney General Letitia James to select independent lawyers to investigate “allegations of and circumstances surrounding sexual harassment claims made against the Governor.”

Four Democrats and two Republicans have already raised a total of $11,157,683 for their Arkansas gubernatorial campaigns, but $9,107,937 of that has all gone to Republican candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Last Thursday was the first of my Community COVID Conversations in Cabot, and I am so grateful for the crowd who attended and filled every seat with the overflow left standing along the walls. The time was well spent with citizens asking questions and providing ideas as to how to overcome th…

According to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the Daughters of the American Revolution had often disagreed with President Roosevelt’s polices, and passed resolutions making that clear.

The two Republicans so far that have said they will seek their party’s nomination for governor are Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, and former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

In some individuals, there is a certain indomitable spirit that allows them or pushes them to rise above the well of despair that their lives may be. Long after others have given up and often in spite of crushing obstacles, they will push on. Such is the story of Ferdinand Havis, perhaps the…

I am not sentimental about things named after Confederates, but as I’ve stated in my column before, I’m also not offended by things named for people who took up arms against the United States.

For 185 years, Arkansas has been a state. While Arkansans have long enjoyed their status as the 25th state, Arkansas had to jump over many political hurdles to reach statehood.

I got my first COVID-19 vaccination on April 23. It was the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. I got my second shot when it was scheduled, on May 14.

On Wednesday, I traveled to Poinsett County for the dedication of the state’s newest water trail. Today I’d like to share a bit of the story behind the Sunken Lands Water Trail, which was created by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the St. Francis Lake Association, the Trumann Area Cha…

Even in adversity, great minds cannot be suppressed. Charles Thompson, an architect from the early 1900s, was an example of such a man. Thompson rose from a childhood of deep tragedy to becoming one of the most celebrated architectural minds in the state, creating enduring landmarks in commu…

During 2020, nothing was “business as usual.” For the Commissioner of State Lands Office, that was most obvious in our auction schedule: it didn’t exist. We didn’t hold a single public auction last year, due to COVID-19.