• Still got ‘Punky power,’ 25 years later

    At 29 years old on a recent Saturday morning, I found myself on the couch with a bowl of Lucky Charms and “Punky Brewster” in my DVD player — happy. There was no place I would have rather been; I felt 5 years old again, …

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  • It’s true: Only a select few run this town

    I have heard all my life is that only a select few people run a town. I used to not believe that but now I do — but not for the reasons most might think. It’s because no one else seems to care or want …

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  • Navy sells historic Forrestal carrier for one penny

    The Navy has sold America’s first Supercarrier, the USS Forrestal, for one cent. That’s right, for one penny. Technically, it’s the ex-USS Forrestal, since it was decommissioned on Sept. 11, 1993, after more than 38 years of service. That is very sad. The USS Forrestal …

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  • Empty box just as fun as toys from catalog

    It’s that time of year — retailers are sending out toy catalogs and sale bills galore. I can remember when my siblings and I were little and the Sears or JC Penney wish books arrived at our house — oh the possibilities! The excitement! The …

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  • Light ’em up … or not

    Have you ever had one of those months, weeks, days, minutes in which you thought you could use a cigarette? It seems to be the story of my life here lately and what’s worse is that I’ve never smoked a day in my life, have …

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  • ‘Anonymous’ calls for protests

    Anonymous, a cyber activist group, along with several other political groups, are calling for a Million Mask March on Tuesday. The global event is set to take place at more than 400 locations across the globe. Organizers want to draw attention to government, education reform, …

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  • Communicate, appreciate, validate

    We remain connected to our loved ones, even after they die, according to psychic medium John Edward. I believe that. Even though we leave our earthly bodies when we die, I believe there is still a connection with our loved ones. I remember one afternoon …

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  • Christening gown is tradition, not fashion

    I wasn’t alive to participate in all the fanfare associated with the marriage of Diana and Prince Charles in 1981, but have certainly been enthralled with Princess of Wales’ story. A few years ago Branson hosted a Diana exhibit featuring several of her gowns, mementos …

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  • … and then a hero comes along

    A new hero emerged last Sunday — Amy Murphree, a local woman who was kidnapped from her home by a stranger, fought back and survived. All the details of the event are not yet known but what we do know is a man came to …

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  • Tugalo Stone sheds light on mysteries

    An inscribed stone in north Georgia that has been an enigma for about two centuries was recently found to be very important to pre-Columbian researchers, according to an article by Thomas D. Cox, archaeologist and historian. An article by Cox in Vol. 14, Issue No. …

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  • Stepping back in time

    Back in 1981 the city and county decided two law enforcement agencies in one county wasn’t really the way to go. The city of Batesville was experiencing internal turmoil and after some consideration the two entities agreed on an interlocal contract aimed at the safety …

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  • How to repurpose birthday tutu for little girl’s pirate costume. Or, how to drive yourself crazy

    I think I’m beginning to understand why my folks always bought our Halloween costumes, rather than make them. Last year, I saw the most adorable Cookie Monster tutu online and bought it for Kaylee. She was barely big enough to sit up by herself last …

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