• Compliment echoes years later

    It’s hard to get down on how you look when you’ve been complimented by someone considered a 1960s sex symbol and thought to still be one at the age of 71. Needless to say it wasn’t Andy Williams I went to see at his theater …

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  • Thieves steal more than just ‘things’

    On Monday I found out my sister Kathy’s storage building had been broken into and nearly everything she had was gone. I am so angry at whoever did this. There wasn’t anything in there that was worth a whole lot of money but the thieves …

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  • Grapette: Secret is out

    When I wrote my “Back on shelves after 30 years” column about Grapette in May 2001, I was told that Walmart’s grape drink was Grapette’s exact formula but not to tell it. The secret is out now because the store’s brand has contained, for quite …

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  • Remembering Rebekah Gould

    Every year when the anniversary of the Rebekah Gould case comes around, we work to refresh the public’s memory in hopes that someone will have the missing piece officials need to make an arrest. So far, it’s been eight years and the murder case is …

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  • 15 minutes of fame hasn’t brought Scooby a ‘forever home’ — yet

    I really thought when our local animal shelter volunteer/advocate/champion Jo Spinks took Scooby to Los Angeles for training with the world-renowned “Dog Whisperer,” he would come home to a list of people waiting to adopt him. Sadly, I was wrong. No waiting list. No applicants. …

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  • No more Weekly Reader

    I bet the Weekly Reader isn’t even available in print anymore. And, if it is, printing is probably down because I’m sure “there’s an app for that” so children can read it electronically in their classrooms. Considering all the advancements in technology, the Internet, etc., …

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  • Just a big ol’ scaredy cat

    I recently did a story that will be coming out soon in which I toured a haunted house. I’m not ashamed to say I’m a big chicken when it comes to stuff like that. I tried to be brave as the lady who runs it …

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  • ‘Seed corn’ forever lost

    In this, one of the years of remembrance of the U.S. Civil War’s sesquicentennial, I made a couple of exceptions to my general rule of not reading in-depth material relating to that horrible time in American history. Anytime I try to read about a particular …

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  • New phone is (almost) too smart for me

    I am not smarter than a fifth-grader but I could be a millionaire by now. Just over a week ago, I hit a deer on the way to the babysitter. The deer did one of those rabbit things, where she couldn’t make up her mind …

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  • What a feeling

    The thought of picking up a pen or pencil in my right hand and use it just as I do in my left is inconceivable to me. And if I ever want to know what it’s like to ride a bicycle, I probably won’t unless …

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  • First on the scene makes for a long day

    Wednesday marked another first in my life and at my age — there’s not a lot of firsts left. I did my very first on-the-scene story. Three-year-old Landen Trammell from Onia had been missing since Tuesday. The next morning when I came into work, I …

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  • Kids who play together, stay together

    Most children who grow up in a small community have a sense of connection. And sometimes the smaller the neighborhood, the stronger the bond. Enter the Franklin kids. From the time they were toddlers they were attached and early on it was obvious their friendships …

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