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June, 2019

  • 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 ...

  • 5 June

    Reflections From Faith and History

    -By Jeff Olson Attempting to appropriately honor an event the magnitude of D-Day in only a single article is futile at best, but this should suffice not only as a concise reminder of history’s largest and most consequential amphibious military operation but also as a sobering reminder of the high cost of freedom. In addition, I hope this missive may serve ...

May, 2019

  • 29 May

    Reflections From Faith and History

    -By Jeff Olson God, in His infinite wisdom and sovereignty, created and ordained three institutions: family, church, and government. It was, and still is, His design and will that each function within its biblically-ordained role and jurisdiction. It is His desire too that they serve in a co-dependent and complimentary but distinct capacity to create and maintain a free and ...

  • 22 May

    Reflections From Faith and History

    The Hand that Rocks the Cradle -by Jeff Olson Memorial Day is an opportunity to pause from our busy lives to honor those Americans who have given their lives in service to their (and our) country. Major General John A. Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, officially proclaimed Decoration Day on May 5, 1868 and it ...

April, 2019

  • 24 April

    Reflections from Faith and History

    America’s First Lady of the Air By Jeff Olson When it comes to women in aviation, Amelia Earhart is probably the first name which comes to mind for most Americans. However, one name which may have escaped us is that of a lady who inspired, among others, Earhart herself. Harriet Quimby was born in Arcadia, Michigan on May 1, 1875. ...

  • 17 April

    Hutchinson Set To Reorganize State Cabinet Positions To Save About $15 Million A Year

    (LITTLE ROCK) Before the final day of the 2019 Arkansas State Legislative session began, Governor Asa Hutchinson said he wanted to reorganize government to reduce the number of state agencies reporting directly to him from 42 to 15. The plan was in House Bill 1763 by Rep. Andy Davis, R-Little Rock. Final action came on Wednesday, April 10th, when, after ...