• Junkin’ and bondin’

    Sometimes, it’s nice to get away for a mother-daughter trip. Kaylee and I recently went to visit my mom and stepdad in Springfield, Missouri. Gary had to work Saturday, so we left him home. Even though we easily added an extra hour to our trip …

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  • Give me your couches, chairs

    Pink, seafoam green, any solid color will do. Wide arms. Skinny legs and a seat built for two. I just know some of you right here in town and across the area have my dream living room suite, and I want it. Your parents or …

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  • Answering the question ‘what if?’

    We spend a good portion of our lives pondering that what if question. This past week I landed in what if territory after a Saturday morning girls’ trip to the abandoned mining town of Rush, and one of our Facebook photos had people questioning the …

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  • Report: Children taken from home over mineral supplement

    On Jan. 12 Hal and Michelle Stanley, a Garland County couple, were preparing for company when they got a knock on their door. It was the Garland County Sheriff’s Office which was there to serve a warrant to search for a product called Miracle Mineral …

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  • Big Buck Classic hits 25

    The state fairgrounds is the place to be this weekend if you are a deer hunter, or just an outdoors lover in general. Why? Because the Arkansas Big Buck Classic is in town and celebrating its 25th anniversary with an incredibly large show. In fact …

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  • Editorial: A library of the future, or one kept in the past?

    How long have we been reading about the Independence County Library Board meeting to discuss a strategic plan? How long have we been reading about the lack of space and amenities (as seen at more modern libraries) at the Independence County Library? More importantly, how …

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  • Friends and freedom

    Dear Children: After chewing on the “You were awful parents — you never knew where we were,” remark for some time, this is my response. I guess we weren’t the best parents, mainly because we were hardly more than kids ourselves and didn’t see any …

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  • Survey Says! Top 5 answers on the board

    I suppose every teenager goes through that “I’m smarter than everyone else on the planet” phase. I certainly did and while I am not looking forward to that with Kaylee in about 12 years or so, I figure my parents are surely hoping for a …

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  • ‘Crackstick,’ ChapStick addicts find support Lip Balm Anonymous is just a click away

    Lip balm is a serious addiction, or it can be. A recent news report highlighted the addiction, and I admit, I was surprised too. Then again, I suppose we all have something that has the potential to make us lean a little past left of …

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  • Normal people, tiny houses

    Currently, I am addicted to watching televised shows featuring normal size people moving into tiny homes. Apparently this new wave of downsizing has taken it to some of the smallest limits possible and it is fun to watch them ooh and aah over their miniature …

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  • ‘Ornamental hermits’ were basically human pets

    File this under your “What the ??” People used to keep “ornamental hermits” as human pets. Now, I’m all for living your life as you see fit but this is WEIRD. These hermits may or may not have been forced, put on display like circus …

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  • Hi, my name is Paul…

    I’m happy to see Paul McCartney is making a name for himself. After more than 50 years in the music business, it’s good to see he finally caught a break. He deserves it. It’s a shame The Beatles never worked out. What’s this you say? …

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