• Death penalty debate is election fodder

    1935. Jan. 2: A lawman is shot and killed in Independence County. Jan. 4: The man wanted for murder is apprehended. Jan. 17: A grand jury is convened and hands down an indictment. Jan. 18: A jury is set and by early afternoon a guilty …

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  • ‘Glory days’ of the old Sandtown Store

    In one way, Mountain City, Nev., and Sandtown, Ark., could hardly seem farther apart. In another way, they seem mighty close. Reading the book, “Mountain City” (North Point Press, 2000) by Gregory Martin, about the dying mining town Mountain City brought back so many memories …

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  • Granddad’s birthday is something to celebrate

    My grandfather recently turned 85, and all the kids, grands and great-grandkids turned out for a big birthday party in Marked Tree a couple Sundays ago (minus one grandson who is currently living in Washington state). All Granddad had said he wanted for his birthday …

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  • Table gadget just another distraction?

    As if smartphones weren’t enough to distract us when sitting down for a meal with family and friends, some restaurants are now making sure of it. A visit to Chili’s in Jonesboro last week found us seated at our booth where next to the salt …

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  • ‘Powder and Hides’ writer impresses

    This writer is not obsessed with buffalo, really. Or bison, if you prefer the proper term for the American bison, just because I recently wrote a couple of columns about Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, and this column about one of my favorite novels centers around a …

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  • Cardinals, or ‘redbirds,’ bring hope, comfort

    I get so happy when I see a redbird outside. Their striking appearance has a way of attracting my attention even on the gloomiest of days. I associate them with my mom, who’s always loved birds, especially the cardinal, and as I get older I …

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  • Unplugging from technology

    I am seriously considering proposing to my family that there be at least one day out of the week where we as a family do not use any technology — where, when we come home from work and school, no one uses the phone, plays …

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  • Where’s the savings?

    I’m all about more daylight in the evenings, but getting used to it after having had an extra hour to sleep after several months sure isn’t easy. I shouldn’t be this tired and since we’re getting an “extra” hour, why does it seem I’m having …

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  • Get over your selfies

    Surely it’s not just me who is annoyed by everyone taking “selfies” of themselves. Don’t get me wrong — I like seeing photos of friends and family every once in while on Facebook but some people are just out of control. I can’t help but …

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  • Water, water monsters everywhere

    While reading a book about the Loch Ness monster over the weekend, I found the subject of lake monsters and water monsters expounded upon. Practically every lake or body of water in the world are claimed to have water monsters, with most of the monsters …

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  • Where a kid can be a kid

    Why don’t stores have those merry-go-rounds in front anymore? Used to, you’d see them all the time. I remember riding them when I was little and thinking that was a big deal — my parents weren’t the kind to give into every whim of us …

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  • The (e)state of a person’s life

    The property wasn’t off limits and neither was the stuff, but it sure felt funny perusing all of the items waiting for the auction block. I attended my first estate auction a few weekends ago, but it felt more like a window into the future. …

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