• Death by cows

    There are only five reasons that can be listed as a cause of death, but I want an exception made for my Dad: Death by cows. They are going to be the end of him, one way or another. His latest escapade happened the day …

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  • Calling all ‘bomb shelters’

    “The home comes with a ‘bomb shelter.’” Wouldn’t that be a neat real estate ad to come across? For one homeowner in Texas that’s what he got when he opened the shelter for the first time since 1961, the last time the heavy metal door …

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  • Grandparenting: When all the rules change

    I’ve always heard people say they didn’t think they could love anyone more than their children until they had grandchildren and I would have to agree. The minute I had a child I took a backseat with my parents and that was totally OK by …

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  • NY troopers can see you text, drive

    The New York State Police is putting more than two dozen tall, unmarked SUVs on the road so troopers can better look down into drivers’ vehicles — specifically, their hands, to see if they’re texting while driving. What’s amazing to me, I guess, is that …

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  • Singer releases album of songwriter’s classics

    Folks today may not know of Don Gibson, but many have likely heard “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” He wrote it, Ray Charles and Elvis Presley, among others, sang it, but Mandy Barnett once promised Gibson she’d record an album of his songs and earlier …

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  • A thankful heart

    It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is almost here and I have a lot to be thankful for as always. For me, giving thanks doesn’t come once a year. I do my best each day to give thanks to God for all he has given and …

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  • Searcy Co. teen fought in Civil War battles

    A reminiscence of James H. Campbell’s experiences during the Civil War, 1861-1865, is a fascinating firsthand account of a Confederate soldier who at first meant to side with the Union but changed his mind after Arkansas actually seceded. The reminiscence is printed in the June …

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  • Find a unique gift while sharing memories

    One day last week someone asked if I’d ever been to our museum here in Batesville, to which I responded, “Of course!” (Secretly I thought if this person had paid much attention to the stories about the Old Independence Regional Museum, they might have read …

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  • How to be popular — 1950s style

    Fitting in isn’t always easy in high school when you’re the new girl and a self-proclaimed “geek,” but for one eighth-grader all it took were white gloves, pearls and form-fitting girdles to become the popular girl. Now, Maya Van Wagenen, 15, has landed a two-book …

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  • ‘Cloud seeding’: Rain for sale

    With its never-ending need to control everything, man has figured out a way to control the weather and as typical of man — make money from it. Scientists have not only figured out how to make clouds produce more rain and snowfall, but reduce the …

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  • Persimmon seed forecasts, ‘ghost deer’

    So far, like at this time last year, the persimmon seeds are all on the same page in forecasting our winter weather. The white embryonic matter inside the seeds are shaped like spoons again this year, according to Jean McCracken of Sidney, who is usually …

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  • The sky is falling, Big Brother!

    So the Food and Drug Administra-tion has banned trans fats, leaving some to cry about the “nanny state” or “Big Brother” having too much say in our everyday lives. I have to admit, I think it’s just a matter of time that tobacco (or at …

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