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Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
Look for the Poll results in the next edition of the paper.
Do you feel like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is good for America?
 Yes, it helps Americans defend the Constitution.
 No, it forces American's to be overly sensitive to issues
 I have no opinion
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New AG Reminds readers of office's duties (01/28/15)
Newly inaugurated Attorney General Leslie Rutledge reminds Arkansans that the Attorney General's Office exists to protect consumers, and a change in administration will not change that mission -- it will only enhance it. The Consumer Protection Division helps resolve thousands of complaints every year," said Attorney General Rutledge. ...
Capitol Week in Review (01/28/15)
In a unique and historic vote, the Arkansas Senate approved a middle class tax cut in the opening days of the legislative session. No one can remember when the Senate has passed a signature bill so early in a session. Important fiscal legislation usually will not be considered for a final vote in the Senate until the final weeks of a session in March, because of the ramifications throughout the entire state government budget...
FIRST WEEK IN OFFICE WAS A BUSY ONE (01/28/15)
Our first full week in office was a busy one, but we have already done a lot: The week started with the annual Right to Life March on Sunday. I attended my first march 28 years ago when I was a newcomer to politics. And I noticed that no other candidates or officeholders were present then. ...

THE EAT BEAT:Bluff Steak House

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BLUFF STEAKHOUSE,

Hardy, Ark.

Bluff Steakhouse is part of a bed and breakfast operation in Hardy It is located on Bluff Road just north of Hardy in the original 1918 Biggers home. Open Thursday through Saturday, with limited hours on Sunday, it is best to call ahead for reservations.

We were seated promptly upon our arrival in what was probably at one time a sun room located on the river side of the building. The accommodations were tasteful and pleasing to the eye. Our server took our drink orders and returned promptly with same. Three of us ordered the prime rib and one the grilled salmon. While waiting for our entrees, our salads and a basket of warm rolls were delivered. The salads were not only tasty, they were well presented. Our meals were delivered in a timely fashion and still hot from the kitchen. The prime rib and salmon portions were ample and seasoned to perfection. Our only complaint was the condition of the steaks. We all ordered medium rare and received medium well, barely pink inside. Although they tasted very good, I can't help wonder how much better they would have been if they had been cooked as we ordered. The baked potato was cooked just right and was also of a good size. One of our company had ordered the salmon and declared it very good, although they wished they had ordered it blackened.

Well now it's time to tally up. The service was excellent. Our server checked on us often without being clingy. The meal was very good, except for the aforementioned condition of our steaks. When you eat at a nice sit down restaurant and order prime rib, you can expect to pay for it. Although a little pricey, the cost was well in line with other eating establishments in the area. Biggers is handicap accessible and features a full bar for those interested. I must confess this was not my first visit to this restaurant and I have found it to be consistently a good dining experience. Overall I would have to give it a solid four stars. A medium rare steak would have added a half star perhaps. If you know of a restaurant in our area that you would like to see reviewed, contact this paper. Until then ... eat up.

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THE EAT BEAT:Bluff Steak House
BLUFF STEAKHOUSE, Hardy, Ark. Bluff Steakhouse is part of a bed and breakfast operation in Hardy It is located on Bluff Road just north of Hardy in the original 1918 Biggers home. Open Thursday through Saturday, with limited hours on Sunday, it is best to call ahead for reservations...
THE EAT BEAT: Mongolian Grill
MONGOLIAN GRILL, HARDY, ARK. Located at the junction of U.S 63 and U.S. 62/412 in Hardy, The Mongolian Grill may be the only restaurant of it's type in the area. I and my intrepid dining companion had eaten at The Grill before, but we had two newcomers with us. ...
THE EAT BEAT: The HIghlander
Editor's Note: This new regular feature appears bi-monthly on our editorial page. Our anonymous diner visits restaurants in our coverage area and provides reviews based on the quality of food, service and cost. If a restaurant happens to receive an unfavorable review, the reviewer will revisit the restaurant within a three month period for an updated review. We hope you enjoy this section, and please be sure to patronize our many local restaurants...

THE EAT BEAT: American Burger Center
Editor's Note: This new regular feature appears bi-monthly on our editorial page. Our anonymous diner visits restaurants in our coverage area and provides reviews based on the quality of food, service and cost. If a restaurant happens to receive an unfavorable review, the reviewer will revisit the restaurant within a three month period for an updated review. We hope you enjoy this section, and please be sure to patronize our many local restaurants...
State Capitol Week in Review
The state Correction Department received 16 applications from communities wanting to be the location of a proposed new $100 million prison unit. The unit would hire 250 people and the average salary would be $12.50 an hour, and in the future it could expand...
21st Century Workforce
Having the proper workforce in place for the 21st-century economy and attracting businesses are two critical pieces of the economic development puzzle that most communities seek. The State has tools and resources that local leaders can use. Among these resources are several grant programs administered by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. ...