• Inspiration for Stomper Time dies at 79

    The name’s Bond — not James Bond, but Eddie James Bond. During the 1950s, rock ’ n’ roll singer/musician Eddie Bond had a great impact in the music world in Memphis, which was giving birth to the new kind of music that teens called their …

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  • It’s time to let Willie Mae go home

    It’s time. Time to let Willie Mae Harris go home. I first met Willie Mae while working on a series of in-depth reporting about domestic abuse cases that result in death and why some face charges while others do not. My two stories had similarities …

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  • Easter at Grandma’s

    It doesn’t matter how old I get — the moment I walk into Viva Drive Church of Christ at Trumann, I’m transported back to my childhood. I spent many a Sunday morning and in the summer, a few Sunday and Wednesday nights as well, there …

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  • Love is in the air

    Love, or so it sounds, has blossomed at the office. It’s not cute. It’s not sweet. It’s just annoying especially when you have to sit near it and can’t help but not ignore. I’ll admit their love-dovey ways have quietened over the last few days, …

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  • Kill cool-weather boredom by geocaching

    Spring can be couch potato time for a lot of people simply because they don’t have anything to do outdoors, especially if they don’t fish, jog, walk or work in the yard. This makes geocaching the perfect family cool weather sport, although I enjoy it …

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  • New ‘momma’ feeling the stress

    After losing her dog a couple of months ago, my daughter Alexas got a new little puppy, a pug/terrier mix. Right now his name is Sasha but it changes daily as Alexas has been unable to come up with a name she’s happy with. We …

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  • Prayers for Sidney Randall

    Sidney Nicole Randall. We know her name and have committed her picture to memory, by now only associating it with the ominous phrase “missing teen.” Her ubiquitous story has captured the collective heartstrings of the community, as day after day passes without any sign of …

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  • Hulk, Sting to jump into ring Writer’s inner-child excited

    When I heard that Hulk Hogan and Sting were coming to the Convocation Center at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro this Thursday, the 8-year-old in me couldn’t help but be excited. As a youngster I loved wrestling, watching it and “becoming” both characters when my …

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  • Walking to work? Good for you!

    While waiting at a stoplight the other day a man passed in front of me in those tall rubber boots like many wear who work in the chicken plants. He glanced at me and then put his head down. I wanted to roll my window …

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  • I miss Nick

    Dear Former Sen. Nick Wilson: I miss you. I miss political corruption. I miss the Good Old Boys. It’s mind-boggling for sure to even think it, say it or put it in print, but these days there are much scarier things afoot than political corruption …

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  • Farm fresh (and highly regulated) milk

    Last Friday, the state House Agriculture Committee voted against a proposal to allow Arkansas dairy farmers to sell unpasteurized milk. I can remember some 30 years ago when my family first got into 4-H, there were dozens of dairy farms in this county. Today, there …

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  • ‘Hello, this is Lacy’: Some dreams do come true

    What kid dreams of a job where she can answer telephones using a “phone voice” and thinks having her own stapler and tape dispenser on her very own desk along with paperwork to keep up with would be the cat’s meow? Twenty-some-odd years ago this …

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