• ‘Sailing stones’ move by themselves

    Death Valley National Park in eastern California is home to Racetrack Playa, a dried-up lake bed where rocks move by themselves, and the geological phenomenon has stumped scientists for decades. Stones, sometimes weighing as much as 700 pounds, fall from the surrounding mountains onto the …

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  • Tick bites can go from nuisance to menace

    When I was a kid, ticks were just a nuisance. Now, they are dangerous. They can make you sick, very sick. They can kill you. Rather, the diseases they may be carrying can kill you. And when they make you sick, if you do not …

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  • Job well done on carnival

    Saturday was a glorious day for being outside — perfect weather for the 70th annual White River Water Carnival. After years and years and years of going to carnivals in the 100-degree sticky August heat, Saturday’s temperatures were a most welcome relief. And Riverside Park …

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  • Interviewing Elvis’ Daughter 101

    As a reporter, reaching out to try and interview someone like Lisa Marie Presley, (OK, not just someone like her — but her), I had my reservations and for years it’s why I never tried until 10 days ago. One, I am a fan who …

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  • Unladylike behavior

    Being the mother of two daughters, I have done my best to raise them into proper young ladies, and boy, has it been a harder job than I expected. They enjoy doing things that will drive me up the wall and this past weekend, Alexas …

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  • A pain in my foot

    For the last few months, I’ve been hobbling around with a (literal) pain in my foot. It’s a stabbing type of pain when I walk on it. I thought it was a heel spur, but when I went to a doctor he said it was …

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  • Getting rid of pieces of my life at yard sale prices

    To the woman and two others who carried flashlights and stopped before dawn, I admire you for your zeal and outlook of how the early bird gets the worm. To the couple who bought a whole slew of like-new clothes for their daughters and only …

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  • Congress needs a thorough sweeping

    I watched in near tears listening to President Obama Tuesday evening concerning the war in Syria. Like most Americans, I cannot bear the thought of going to war again but after listening, I had to agree with him. I thought he addressed what Americans have …

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  • More true tales from Red Cut School

    The first Red Cut School column in this space was published in the Sept. 5 edition of the Guard and the school was featured in on the A Glance at Days Gone By page on Sept. 6. While former Cushman Superintendent James “Tiny” Smith was …

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  • Protect your daughters, not your religion

    When we hear the words “child bride,” many of us might think of our grandparents. We often see a cute little white-haired couple’s picture in the paper, announcing they’re celebrating 65 years of marital bliss, and they wed when she was 16. It must have …

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  • Also wanting some answers

    In today’s letter to the editor, Kathy Cheatham, the owner of Ozark EMS takes me to task over a recent story involving the transport of a prison inmate. You see, Ms. Cheatham, I know you have a love of letter writing since I have seen …

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  • ‘Downton Abbey’ or ‘Duck Dynasty’?

    Just consider me late to the party. I knew I did not wish to start watching any more shows on television, but I started not one but two more, anyway. I recently went to the library — yes, the Independence County Library right here on …

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