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In the June 30 edition of The Standard…

*Three arrested in drug bust in Amity.

*Two suspicious fires under investigation in Bismarck.

*Twenty-nine apply for package store licenses.

*Gurdon council renames street for educator.

*Clark County Search and Rescue team formed.

*Excessive? Letter writer complains about CCSO deputy.

*Editorial: One rotten apple (NY homosexual “marriage”) and a “we told you so” in reference to those who applied for liquor licenses.

In the June 23rd edition of The Standard…

*Sheriff Jason Watson honored for help in solving 14-year-old murder case.

*Sting nets 23 along Caddo River.

*Olds Farm/Centerpoint FFA honored as Pike County Farmers of the Year.

*Bismarck School Board approves handbook, hires personnel

*Valley officer injured in fight at river.

*Arkadelphia man robbed, pistol-whipped.

*Delight City Council sets clean-up

*Editorial:  Gender-identity legislation hits local schools (We told you it would happen)

In this week’s edition of The Standard…

This week marks one of the fullest editions of your hometown newspaper since the tornado of March 1, 1997. No other paper has the news like we do this week! We have 16 pages chock full of local news just for you! The Standard is the largest-circulated paper in this region and has the largest press run of any paper in Clark County, making us Clark County’s largest and only locally-owned media outlet.

Headlines for this week:

*Bean Lumber Company files bankruptcy, avoiding a foreclosure sale by 13 minutes

*Long-time Amity businessman Jimmy Williams shot and killed in Glenwood

*Two arsons under investigation in Clark County

*Chris and Lesley Simmons named 2011 Clark County Farm Family of the Year (Story and photos)

*Would-be bank robber foiled in Gurdon; had robbed same bank in November

*Amity City Council discusses ban or regulation on pit bull ownership

*Centerpoint School Board accepts resignations of several long-time staffers

*Pike County Sheriff’s Office probes disappearance of local girl

*Two arrested in fight at Caddo River near Arkadelphia

*Glenwood police locate stolen boat

*Two arrested after fleeing from wrecked car near Amity (photo)

*One injured in accident at Pike County line near Amity (photo)

*Front Page Editorial: For the sake of the community, Bean Lumber should give it up

Plus local editorials and features by Pat Laster, Bill White, Rod Parker, Norma Blanton, Alex May, John Nelson, Bob Palmer, Verlin Price, Robbie McKinnon and Hugh Newcomb.

Pick up a copy of your hometown newspaper at racks and stores in Alpine, Amity, Arkadelphia, Gurdon, Curtis, Glenwood, Kirby, Murfreesboro, Antoine, Delight, Point Cedar of Bismarck Thursday! For a complete listing of our pick-up sites, visit our website at www.thesouthernstandard.com.

No one–and we really mean no one–takes care of LOCAL news like The Standard.

Breaking News: Missing Glenwood girl found

  Four-year-old Leona Murphy of Glenwood who was reported missing from 10 Logan Road Friday night has been located safe and sound, according to officials from the Pike County Sheriff’s Office.

  An Amber Alert had been issued by PCSO officials around 11:30pm Friday.

  Further news will be reported in next week’s edition of The Standard.

Where can I buy a copy of The Standard?

  Folks are constantly asking me where they can pick up a copy of the paper.  Those who are not frequent readers sometimes get the idea that the paper is only available in Amity, since that’s where we located our office.  We actually actively cover the news and sell advertising over a two and a half-county  area.

  For those who want to purchase a paper, here are our locations.  Some are outside green racks, but most are counter sales inside the stores.

Arkadelphia: Shepherd’s, Stuckey’s, West Pine Exxon, Fred’s, Tiger Mart, Winner’s Circle, Honeycomb, Sav-U-Mor.

Caddo Valley: Valley Exxon, Valero, Fat Boy’s.

Curtis: One-Stop, former JJ’s store.

Gurdon: Gurdon Grill, Kuhn’s Hardware, grocery store, Doug’s Grocery, Go-Devil Grill, Red-E Mart, Dillard’s Shell.

Amity: Jeremy’s Sports Stop, Chambers Bank, Trudy’s Cafe, Judy’s Grocery, Post Office,  Carlee’s Corner, The Standard office.

Alpine: Buck’s Country Store

Glenwood: Fish Nest, Quickway, OK Cafe, Phil’s Pharmacy, Woodard Drug, Susie’s Kountry Kitchen, Tiger Mart, Buck’s Pharmacy, Plaza 66, John Plyler Home Center, Wright’s Grocery.

Kirby: Dunlap’s Store, Kirby Restaurant, Kirby Kwick Stop.

Daisy: Gayle’s Restaurant

Murfreesboro: People’s Pharmacy, Tobacco & More, Miner’s Village C-Stop, Grocery Store

Delight: Red-E Mart

Antoine: Corner Cafe, Price Grocery

As you can see, we are easily the widest circulated paper in the area. Others may make the claim, but we’e go the proof!

In this week’s issue of The Standard…

*Bean Sawmill in Glenwood to be sold at foreclosrure sale

*Centerpoint’s Olds Farm (Rosboro) selected as Honorary Pike County Farm Family

*Goza parents speak out on curriculum changes

*Open house at BMCA Gurdon Clinic

*Publisher’s Editorial:  Christian=Nazi?

Plus Inside: Local editorials, obituaries, community writers, , the mini page, the devotional page and more ALL LOCAL NEWS!

Is the Confederate flag offensive?

  It was our honor Sunday to leave our regular charge and preach for a larger congregation in place of a good friend who was not feeling well.  For the occasion, we wore an early Father’s Day present:  A tie with Confederate soldiers charging over a picket fence.  Naturally, the troops had their colors flying high with them.  It was a nice, historical piece and we were proud to have it around our neck.

  Following the sermon, a visiting lady walked up and told me rather bluntly that my tie was offensive to her. I was a bit startled to say the least, but replied politely that the tie was a celebration of my heritage.

  “Well, I’m offended by it,” she sniffed.

  I chuckled and said, “Well, you need a history lesson.”

  That clearly did offend her so in the interest of kindness, I simply thanked her for the comment and abandoned the subject.  But her comment was surprising to say the least.  And yes, her skin tone was the same color as mine and her accent was equally as Southern. 

  The comment stuck with me the rest of the day. I asked a few other folks if they found my tie offensive.  Most seemed surprised at the question.  No one else was offended, it seemed. I even posed the question later on in the evening to a black lady, a native of New York City of all places.

  She laughed at the suggestion she would be offended by it and offered perhaps one of the best lines I could think of in the situation, “I know who won the war.”

  While I could be forgiving of a person of color for being offened at an image of the Confederate flag, even that idea vanishes when one educates oneself on the complete history of the flag.  And forget what you learned in public school on the issue.  Nine times out of ten, it was nothing but the repitition of the same lies that have been in place for 150 years.

  I love the Confederate flag. I love the land it represents and I agree with the principals behind it.  However, the flag I love has been deeply tarnished by misinformation and by hooded morons who use it as a symbol of hatred.

  The traditional Confederate flag with its St. Augustine Cross is what is known as the Battle Flag. It was never adopted as a national flag by the CSA, but rather, it was used by troops under General Nathan Bedford Forrest to represent their outfit.

  Those of us that see the Confederate battle flag as a historical symbol refuse to surrender it to the Bedsheet Brigade or the redneck trash who insist on using it without any sort of understanding of its background.  It is a much-loved symbol that evokes powerful Southern pride and we’re not going to lay it aside anymore than we would expect the USA to replace Old Glory because it, too, has been misused over the years.

  I’m a proud member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  My ancestors on every side fought for the Confederacy, and some gave their lives for it. My great-great-great Grandfather William T. Crawley was the last Confederate Sheriff of Clark County when the war ended in 1865.  Not one member of our family fought for the Union, and that’s a fact of which I remain proud.

  Some dismiss the Confederate battle flag as a sybol of racism.  Putting aside its commandeerment by hate groups, it should be noted that racism was almost non-existent in the Old South.  Now, before you wonder just want I’m talking about it, consider these facts:

  *The Northern state of Illinois banned (yes, banned) blacks from entering it.

  *Abraham Lincoln despised blacks and stated that he had not intention of ever making them equal to whites or even allowing them to serve on a jury or hold public office. He also said if he could win back the South without ever freeing a slave, he would do so.

  *Slavery flourished in many Northern states and even in Washington, D.C. until and even after the War. Only a constitutional ammendment ended slavery in the North.

  *Northern states that ended slavery did so because they did not want the competition for workers. Some did it under fear of a workers revolt. The slaves were not freed; rather,  many were sold down South.  Laws provided that no current slave would be freed; instead, a prolonged end to slavery was held so Northern slaveowners would not lose their investment and so free blacks would not populate the Northern states.

  *The  South banned the slave trade long before the war.  Slaves were procured and purchased from Northern slave traders.

  *Northerners who professed to wanting to end slavery for humanitarian reasons hated blacks, didn’t want them to live in their states, but had no problem selling slaves and purchasing products harvested by slave labor.

  *George Washington Carver stayed in the South for the rest of his life after one foray into the North as a teenager. The harsh racism in the North sent him back to the South because he feared for his life.

  *The Southern states that left the Union all realized and discussed the steps toward slowly abolishing the practice.  But like the North, they realized that for economic reasons, it could not be easily done quickly.  Why was the North allowed to get rid of their slaves slowly (freeing none) and the South forced to free theirs?

  *Robert E. Lee freed his slaves at the outbreak of the war.  Grant’s wife did not until forced to do so by the 14th Amendement.

  *There were black slave owners in the North and in the South at the time of the War.  In the earliest days, there were white slaves, some of whom were owned by free blacks.

  *There were many black Confederates who willingly fought for the South, knowing the hatred the North had for them.  Many were slaves of white soldiers, but others were free men of color. Some were like Bird Flanagin of Arkadelphia, who was a body servant to Harris Flanagin.  When his master received word that he had been elected governor of Arkansas, he began to prepare to head back to his home state to assume office. Bird asked to stay in his place as a soldier and this was permitted.  Until it was discovered in the early 1900s that he was a black man, he received a Confederate pension from the U.S. government, who promptly cut him off because of his race.

  And the list could go on.  With these facts, how can it be argued that the Confederate Battle flag is a symbol of racism based on history?  

  Surrender my flag?  Not gonna happen.

Breaking News: Caddo Valley officials resign

  Mayor Allen Dillivou confirmed this morning that two city councilmen in Caddo Valley have resigned their posts.

  Dillivou stated that Hope Warner and Jerry Walker, who also serves as the city’s Advertising and Promotion chairman, have resigned from their positions.

  Warner resigned after having taken a job with the Arkansas Legislative Audit, the mayor stated, noting that state rules do not allow an auditor to work for a muncipality that they might potentially be called upon to audit.  Walker, who has been the target of allegations from a free publication in Caddo Valley, resigned “because  I think he was just tired of all the pressure,” Dillivou stated.

  A  more complete report will be published in the print edition at a later date.

Welcome to our new blog!

  This is our first post as an (ahem) oficial blogger in cyberspace.  We’re hoping at least a couple of folks will become readers of this blog and join us in some enjoyable conversation about local, state and national events. We might even discuss the meaning of life.

  Ove r the days to come we will figure out how this new feature works and how we can best use it to keep our readers informed.  Some of the uses we envision for this blog:

  *A place to post breaking news.  We won’t tip off the competition (sorry, guys) but we can try to keep on top of at least some of the happenings in our area and keep you abreast of what’s happening with snippets until a full story can be printed in the weekly paper.

  *A place to put articles for which we lacked space in the print edition.  A sad fact of life is that we must run a tight paper due to budgetory and time constraints.  Therefore, not everything makes the final cut.  Granted, we try not to leave much out, but sometimes some items just won’t fit.

*A place to air our views and hash out local issues.  We love to editorialize, but there’s just not that much space as we noted above.  Perhaps we can place some of our thoughts in this section and invite reader feedback.  Along the way, we might just solve some of life’s more pressing problems.  If not, at least we’ll have fun trying.

*A place for readers to post news tips. We can be hard to locate sometimes, even with cell phones and email.  This blog with its comments section can provide a place for readers to post possible news tips. (No tacky stuff or gossip, please.  All comments have to be approved before they are posted, so it’s not possible to swoop in and print nasty stuff and slink off to hide.)

*A place for readers to interact with the paper and each other on local issues. We don’t want something that would tear down our communities, but we can sit around and discuss ideas intelligently.

  All in all , we’re hoping that the Bonnie Blue Blog will become an interesting place in the weeks and months to come. So, tell your friends and relatives to check us out. And if things aren’t interesting to you, join in and make them interesting.  This is a grassroots effort, folks.