• Some of the perils of nasty ‘netiquette’

    Editor note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” available at amazon.com.   Boy, is technology making us ruder. I read with great delight a Wall Street Journal story about a couple …

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  • White River pearl boom plundered mussel beds

    The White and Black river regions of Arkansas experienced a pearl “boom” during the first three decades of the last century. Farmers left their crops unharvested; bankers, lawyers and merchants closed their doors; and hundreds of families relocated to shanties and tents along the rivers …

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  • Making a difference in people’s lives

    As a publisher of a weekly newspaper, you find yourself doing a lot of different things. Both news and advertising become part of the daily routine. One day you’re crunching numbers for the budget, the next day you’re calling on a new business that has …

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  • Calling for the death of this rumor

    I know of newspapers that kept their communities informed about clean water and shelter during terrible storms and disasters. I know of newspapers that exposed crooks, lost a lot of advertising from the crooks’ buddies and still put out a paper every week. I know …

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  • Stop whining and try working

    It’s always refreshing to see another country do something stupid, especially when our own is in the middle of a mess such as this government shutdown. It’s nice to know there are idiots running things at other places on the globe and not just here …

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  • Community newspapers: Showing the importance of a good story

    I learned about the importance of telling a good story — something your publications try to do each and every day — from a Tennessean who was a dear friend of mine. His name was Alex Haley and he became famous for telling stories, in …

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  • The cornerstone of democracy

    We’ve been calling it the end of an era for a long time now. It’s supposed to be the end of newspapers, according to naysayers who have been predicting their ultimate demise for years. But the facts prove the newspaper industry is growing and transforming …

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  • Quitting Facebook

    It started out innocently enough — a way to re-connect with old friends, and keep in touch with current ones. Then, there were the marketing aspects. Here was an online place everyone was sure to frequent. I could show them my photography, my digital art …

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  • Your community, your newspaper, your life

    As newspaper executives struggle over whether the news should be digital first, tablet first, SMS first or print first, readers know exactly what they want their local newspaper to be — community first. Reading a newspaper is not like reading a novel, a magazine, a …

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  • In 1783, British attacked Arkansas Post

    The American Revolutionary War was mostly fought in colonies along the eastern sea coast. However, in a strange turn of events, the war spilled into Arkansas on April 17, 1783. Arkansas and vast territories west of the Mississippi River were under Spanish rule at the …

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  • Still as relevant as ever – Newspapers: Vital part of community

    Where was it that you heard about the so-called demise of the newspaper? Probably, you read about it in your daily newspaper; because, as Mark Twain, a journalist himself, was able to write to a friend: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” And …

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  • GOP Breaking Bad

    You can smell it as soon as you drive into town. Gilroy, Calif., calls itself the “Garlic Capital of the World,” due to its big garlic crop and its top-of-the line Gilroy Garlic Festival, which features authentic garlic ice cream. At first you can’t pinpoint …

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