• Unionize college athletics — pay them based on academics

    We love our sports — whether peewee basketball, Little League baseball, college football or the Olympics, somewhere at any given time there is a sporting match or game being played, broadcasted or reported on somewhere. And if we’re not participating, we still enjoy spectating. But …

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  • Husband gets auction fever

    I think my husband and I have found a new hobby together: auctions. Last Friday we went to a new auction and quite honestly I expected he would be ready to leave in a matter of minutes, but instead we stayed all night. He and …

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  • Using crosscut saws to cut firewood, other cold weather tales

    All of the recent cold — or what we consider cold — weather brought back memories of stories my parents and grandparents used to tell. The winter of 1917, for instance, the women in the John “Babe” Martin residence near Poke Bayou 10 miles west …

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  • Meet the employees of the future: Robots

    As if the competition for jobs weren’t bad enough, one author claims many jobs will be lost in the future to robots. Ben Way, author of “Jobocalypse: The End of Human Jobs and How Robots Will Replace Them,” said recently in an interview with www.dailymail.co.uk, …

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  • Story about origin of ‘Taps’ is false

    Those who rewrite history must think it needs the help to make it more interesting. But it doesn’t — history is quite fascinating just as it actually happened. A myth is going around the web about the origin of “Taps,” the hauntingly beautiful bugle piece …

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  • Invasion of the parent snatchers

    My parents have been replaced by pod people. That, or Stepford parents. They have become unrecognizable to me as the parents I had a child. Gone are the stern disciplinarians that ferreted out spankings and groundings for various infractions. Now, they are all about spoiling …

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  • Degree may be needed for fish care

    Owning a fish should be dependent on having a medical degree. While it may not seem difficult to care for a fish just wait until they get sick, just as my Blue Suede betta fish has been for the last few days. With the help …

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  • 100,000 Christians killed each year for their faith — including children

    Although we may not be seeing it here in America, Christians all over the world are being killed and according to one report by the Vatican, more than 100,000 a year. What I am about to share is very hard to read but I feel …

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  • Head-Smashed-In site remains the focus of much study

    Some of the knowledge that archaeologists have learned from their studies of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in Alberta, Canada was related in last week’s column, but much more is still to learn. The archaeologists stopped digging in the “bone bed” at the 30 feet level when …

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  • New trick for this old ‘newshound’

    The recent inclement weather gave this old dog (or “newshound” — sounds better) a chance to learn new tricks. The Batesville Guard staff’s geographical makeup is probably pretty close to our actual coverage area, considering we live in all directions from the Guard office, just …

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  • Pinterest makes me popular

    It doesn’t require money, just an imagination. It’s like window shopping without a pocketbook, but most importantly it means I appear to be a lot cooler than I really am. Pinterest.com, a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections …

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  • Brain chip ­— no thanks! Google, other companies look to implant technology into humans

    While I was in college one of my professors made a remark that has never left me. He said in the next 10 years we would see more technology than there has been throughout all of history. I thought it was an odd statement and …

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