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July, 2019

  • 17 July

    Reflections From Faith and History

    By Jeff Olson I can still remember, as a youngster in the late 1960s, a voice from the television saying, “Space, the final frontier…to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before….” Of course that voice was William Shatner who played Captain James T. Kirk in the ...

  • 10 July

    Reflections From Faith and History

    -by Jeff Olson In American sports history, particularly baseball, there is no more revered and respected a name than that of Lou Gehrig. To this day “The Iron Horse” remains an icon of talent, durability and class. His record of 2,130 consecutive games played stood for 56 years and he is still considered the greatest first basemen of all time. ...

  • 3 July

    Reflections From Faith and History

    -by Jeff Olson Much has been written about The Declaration of Independence, but none of it can compare to actually reading this venerable document. What is just as important though is understanding the principles and truths which undergird its timeless message and value. Such is the subject of this column the week of our nation’s 243rd birthday. Let me begin ...

June, 2019

  • 26 June

    An Appreciation of Everything Postal – National Postal Worker’s Day July 1st

    By Linda Lee Denton With National Postal Worker’s Day just around the corner, let us focus on showing our appreciation for all the federal postal employees who work diligently in moving, delivering mail and providing a vital service to us all.  This day was established in 1997 by a fellow worker who realized the endless endeavor of the postal institution ...

  • 26 June

    Reflections From Faith and History

    -by Jeff Olson It was 57 years ago this week, June 25, 1962, that the U.S. Supreme Court case of Engel v. Vitale was decided. The Court essentially dismantled the long-standing tradition of school prayer and struck down this simple 22-word nonsectarian prayer from New York schools: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings ...

  • 19 June

    Reflections From Faith and History

    The Eagle Still Soars!      -by Jeff Olson The Bald Eagle has been a national emblem of the United States of America for 237 years, since June 20, 1782. That was the day Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States, which featured a widespread eagle. The idea for including an eagle can be credited to William Barton, ...

  • 12 June

    A Tribute to A Father’s Life…

    By Jamie Hammack I’m going to make this about my dad. I could write something about dads in general, or what it’s like being a father, but that wouldn’t be as genuine. I cannot write about what it’s like to be a father because I’m not one. And I don’t wish to write about dads in general because, well, not ...

  • 12 June

    Governor Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

    (LITTLE ROCK)  Governor Asa Hutchinson announced his intent to grant 9 pardons. An additional 44 clemency requests were denied and 5 had no action taken upon it. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates. The applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole and probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. Governor ...

  • 12 June

    Reflections from History & Faith

    By Jeff Olson Father’s Day has its own unique American origin and symbolically represents a foundational component of our culture. The inspiration for the first Father’s Day came from William Jackson Smart, an Arkansas veteran of the Civil War. Smart raised five children on his own after his wife died giving birth to their sixth child in 1898. His daughter, ...

  • 5 June

    Arkansas State Senate Report

    (LITTLE ROCK) Elementary school students in Arkansas will get at least 40 minutes a day of recess under legislation approved earlier this year by the General Assembly. Act 641 of 2019 amends state law concerning the school day. It requires at least 40 minutes of each day be used for recess, which will be outdoors when the weather allows. Recess ...