I thoroughly enjoyed the Lighting of the Square on Friday. Having been a resident of Huntsville only for  about four months, I can say that I was again surprised by the togetherness and community spirit shown at a public gathering.

The Arkansas legislature has tried to apply lessons learned by other states when it enacted school safety laws over the past several years.

Tom and Steuart Walton, grandsons of Walmart founders Helen and Sam Walton and heirs of the Walton fortune, founded the Runway Group, LLC, to invest in properties and businesses throughout Northwest Arkansas.

The inaugural Holiday Market at the Basham Building downtown appeared to have been successful on Saturday. I walked through several times for photos and encountered lots of people browsing a plentiful supply of arts and crafts, bath and body products, and other goods, many of them homemade. I even purchased an item of my own.

On Oct. 26, almost 1,200 people showed up at Jasper because they are concerned about reported changes threatening the Buffalo National River.

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respect to those who served in the military. For one day we stand united in respect for our veterans. 

I was sorry to see the Huntsville Eagles’ football season conclude on a winless note Friday night, as I know all Eagles fans were. I know from watching many games in the press box that the Eagles fought hard but fell victim too many times to mistakes and penalties.

Our neighbors in Mis- souri were the latest to invite me to a Farm Bill listening tour in their rural communi- ties. Show Me State producers shared their visions for the Farm Bill, and they mirrored what I heard in the other 16 states I visited.

Cold temperatures and heavy rain kept me indoors for most of the weekend, which I thought was fine. I enjoyed viewing our massive dose of fall weather from the confines of my living room. I did get …

The state will continue to accept applications from fam- ilies who want to fund their children’s tuition with Educa- tion Freedom Accounts, and perhaps as early as February the state will begin accepting applications for next school year.

You may have seen them paddling down the Buffalo River last spring. Maybe you ran into them mountain biking one of our state park Monument Trails this summer.

Last week, the New York Times published an article, “Across U.S., Chinese Bitcoin Mines Draw National Security Scrutiny,” that emphasized the national security threat presented by the growth of crypto mining facilities across the country.

Since I took up photography about 10 years ago, one of my hobbies is taking my camera out of doors on hiking trips - when opportunities to hike are available. Having a camera gives you an excuse to …

In Arkansas we are blessed with an abundance of water resources that factor into our everyday lives, from clean drinking water to irrigation for crops and ideal settings for outdoor recreation. …

Since last year enrollment has gone up at most of the publicly supported institutions of higher education in Arkansas.

Some interesting stories in this week’s paper, including our piece on Cole Yates, the new chief of Smyrna’s volunteer fire department.

Since day one, House Republicans, under the leadership of Speaker Kevin McCarthy, remained dedicated to putting America on a better path forward.

The state Department of Education has released its annual school report cards, which allow parents to evaluate how well their children are being taught and whether they are learning at grade level.

I couldn’t be happier that fall has finally arrived. The weather is visibly changing, the leaves are turning, and, if you haven’t noticed, it’s getting cooler.

I’ll just say it - there is talent on the Huntsville Eagles football team.

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