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DAVIS: The Value of a Lake

June 20, 2011

"The potential recreational value of a large lake, which would be created by the proposed Saline River dam, is evident in last year's attendance at similar lakes which have become major recreational attractions. Lake Ouachita, formed by the Blakely Mountain dam near Hot Springs, had 1,743,000 visitors, and Bull Shoals reservoir, extending from Northern Arkansas into Southern Missouri, had 1,663,000. The lake impounded by the proposed Saline dam would not be as large as these two, and the number of visitors it would attract annually is a matter of speculation.

DAVIS: Sometimes comprehension doesn't come

August 25, 2014

The paths of two people crossed Thursday in the parking lot at Target in Bryant. Less than 24 hours later, one life ended at the hand of the other and a community struggles to understand why.
The tragic death of Heather Baker has left me puzzled and, quite frankly, numb.
I was driving back to Benton from Bryant by taking the long way through Bauxite. Along the way a sheriff's department vehicle sped by me in the opposite direction as if on fire with lights and siren blazing. Flipping on the police scanner, I heard the sounds of an emergency in progress.

Genie, you're free

August 14, 2014

By Bobbye Pyke

The world was rocked this week with the news of Robin Williams' suicide. Many were shocked to hear that one of America's favorite funny men took his own life. Many are currently mourning his loss and sharing stories about how this incredible individual impacted their lives. Many more are questioning how this prominent figure, how this famous comedian, how this well respected, beloved man could take his own life.

American dream unreachable for most

July 18, 2014

Bobbye Pyke

This is the home of the American dream. In the U.S. we believe very firmly that with enough hard work, anyone can achieve their dreams. That is the magic of this country; there is so much opportunity that we firmly believe that all we need to do to succeed is put our nose to the grindstone and with enough time and effort, we will become the great American success story. 

Oh the hypocrisy

July 7, 2014

Bobbye Pyke

On Monday the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The decision stated that Hobby Lobby and other for-profit companies have the ability to deny employees health coverage for contraception based on the religious objections of the company’s owners.

I could discuss how I believe it is ridiculous to give corporations the right to freedom of religion. I could argue that birth control and other contraceptives have many uses for women’s reproductive health and have other medical uses other than family planning.

DAVIS: In Bryant, dysfunction goes from exception to rule

June 30, 2014

I want to make it clear from the outset that I do not find any particular joy in what you are about to read. The words that follow are not political, are not biased, nor are they meant to support or denigrate anyone.

I am simply putting forth an opinion.

Nothing more. Nothing less. An opinion that I believe is shared by a growing number of people.

PYKE: Reporters don't love tragedy

June 19, 2014

Bobbye Pyke

Tragedy makes up a large portion of the news.

The front page of most newspapers is plastered with stories about death, war, destruction and general mayhem.

These stories sell papers. They catch the eye. They draw you in. These stories keep us in business.

In general, these are stories that capture the attention of readers and provide content that interests them.

But these stories are also hard to write.

DAVIS: The gift of a father shapes the future

June 16, 2014

Seven years ago, a life changing event took place. One that set the course for a future that I did not see coming.

I lost my job.

I was 49.

My father was very sick at the time. Two years prior, he had been through several operations, radiation treatments and chemotherapy to stop a melanoma on his scalp from spreading. With me unemployed, he was headed toward six-weeks of chemotherapy five days a week. The cancer had spread from his scalp, through his skull and had reached the outer layers of his brain.

But watching him, a person would never know what he had been through.

Teachers: Great role models even in small schools

June 16, 2014

By: Lynda Hollenbeck

Teachers oftentimes are society's unsung heroes.
What profession is there that could possibly have a greater impact on more people than the one in which dedicated souls, day after day, year after year, decade after decade, mold young minds?
It's not likely that you will find them listed among the richest men/women in America or included on any similar listing, but teachers are indeed special.
It's good when school districts and various associations honor their teachers for their service and achievements because they are more than deserving.

A Millennial guide to friendship

June 12, 2014

Bobbye Pyke

The youngest generation always has a unique set of advantages and problems compared to the generations that came before.

I will argue that the young Millennial generation struggles with developing and maintaining relationships. We have graduated from college and have entered the “real world,” and it comes with several hard truths.

First of all, we are likely unprepared for our first jobs regardless of our top rate educations. Furthermore, now that we are out of school, new rules apply in ways they have never applied before. Friendships take a whole lot more work.

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