• 80 years ago, local man was kidnapped

    A traumatic event occurred 80 years ago involving several folks in Batesville, most especially to John F. Homesley and his family. The June night in 1933 began innocuously enough. The annual Miss Batesville beauty pageant being held at the Landers Theatre on Main Street was …

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  • Not smarter than a (1912) eighth-grader

    How easy or hard something is quite relative, but I’d say the students of today have it pretty easy compared to their peers from 101 years ago. The Bullitt County History Museum in Shepherdsville, Ky. received a copy of a 1912 eighth-grade exam drafted for …

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  • Getting the heck into Dodge

    I remember the year we got the heck out of Dodge. When I was a teenager my mother lived for a brief time in southwest Kansas, which was the flattest, driest piece of Earth I’ve ever seen. She’d gotten a job with the USDA at …

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  • Save the little pink bathrooms (for you and me)

    I’ve always said if I ever found a house for sale with black-and-white tile floors in the kitchen, I’d know it was the house for me. I suppose I should start prefacing that with “if the house is in good shape without a lot of …

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  • Guess who got married?

    Well, I finally did it. On July 26, I married my longtime sweetheart, Bryan Hubbard. We pretty much eloped because it seemed like the perfect thing for us since we have known each other for 10 years and didn’t want a big formal wedding. Besides, …

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  • Shoot some video at watermelon festival

    About this time last year I suggested that some folks at Cave City take video footage from the annual three-day Cave City Watermelon Festival to use in preparing a documentary giving the history of the area’s watermelon farming. After all, Cave City is the self-proclaimed …

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  • It’s all too evident that racism is still alive and well

    Ever get behind a vehicle moving slower than you would like and find yourself reading its window and/or bumper stickers? Sometimes, that can be entertainment in itself — at least until you get a broken yellow line and can pass the slow poke (or maybe …

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  • Old Army base, Elvis results in new friend

    Glenda Wardrup only had the dollar bill a few days when she accidentally spent it at the movies that weekend to see Elvis Presley in “Love Me Tender” at the Malco Theater in downtown Fort Smith. “The admission was 25 cents and you could spend …

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  • Welcome to ‘The End of the Road’

    The folksy voice has become familiar over the years and I sometimes wondered where Motel 6 found its spokesman, Tom Bodett. But I had never thought about the rest of Bodett’s life until I found a book, “The End of the Road (The story of …

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  • Could go for more fun in the sun

    A little fun in the sun is just what the doctor ordered. My dad is apparently a glutton for punishment — why else would he agree to a trip to Florida with all three of his kids and their families? He and my stepmom went …

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  • Beauty in the breaking – A longing to feel

    I have no personal connection to the photo I’ve had as my wallpaper on my work computer’s desktop for a little over two weeks. I don’t know the subject. I don’t know the photographer. I only know its background from what I’ve read. All I …

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  • Take back your right of way

    Quite often I have to cross at the intersection of St. Louis and College (the four way stoplight in front of Kroger) and after two years I still don’t know who has the right of way. If I’m coming from the Kroger side and turning …

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