• Recalling good times, George Carter

    George Carter was a heckuva bass fisherman. So good, in fact, that shortly after I went to work at this newspaper more than 30 years ago and was writing a weekly outdoors column, I had George in mind when I called the Bass Anglers Sportsman’s …

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  • It’s a matter of opinion

    The freedom to vote is no doubt a privilege but to vote just for the sake of voting especially when no candidate strikes you as the best person for the job seems moot in my opinion. It’s something I struggle with each election year. Maybe …

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  • What that load of logs symbolizes

    Sometimes when I get behind a load of fresh-cut logs I think to myself, “That could be a future printing of the Batesville Daily Guard.” Home builders may see stacks of 2x6s for future job sites; others may see potential picnic tables or various woodworking …

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  • According to God’s plan, not Donetta’s

    Well, I did it. I am buying a house — or maybe I should say, “God said you’re buying this house.” When I first saw the outside of it I knew right away I didn’t want it. Not that it wasn’t a nice home but …

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  • Seeds forecast snow, snow, snow

    So far, 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 this year, according to several callers. That may have schoolchildren jumping up and down in anticipation of “snow …

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  • 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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