• ‘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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  • Frozen methane as a solution?

    Methane hydrates at the bottom of the sea could cure all of this nation’s energy woes, but our government is so heck-bent on shooting itself in the foot and shooting us in our feet that no one apparently gives a heck. My March 16, 2006 …

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  • Hello, my name is Lacy and I am a klepto of pens

    I’m a kleptomaniac of pens and I’ve only come to realize it in the last few months. Never would I have imagined I would be one of those people, you know, who walk away from a bank teller’s booth or doctor’s office window after filling …

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  • Are you prepared to die?

    I’m sure it’s because of all the death I’ve dealt with lately that I have felt the pressure to get my things in order. There are a lot of things that people don’t think about when it comes to death and it’s just because I …

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  • Magazine offers story on James Gang, great ads

    The September issue of True West magazine contains a 12-page (not counting the cover) article or, rather, a series of articles about the Jesse James-Frank James-Younger brothers gang’s Sept. 7, 1874 raid on a bank in Northfield, Minn. It’s a must for those interested in …

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  • Blemish is just a ‘kiss’ by angels

    I’ve told myself a dozen (OK, maybe more like a hundred) times I will not use this space to talk about Kaylee every week. Our readers (kinda like my Facebook friends) will soon get tired of me going on and on like I’m the first …

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  • WM3 is actually WM6

    Many of us have been captivated by the events of May 5, 1993 when three little boys were found murdered. Within days it was a circus act with media outlets screaming headlines about the possibility of Satan worshippers and when three young men were charged …

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  • Hello Netflix, goodbye cable?

    I knew not to fall for the month-free trial. That’s just asking for trouble because I know I will get sucked into having one more monthly subscription to pay, even if $7.99 sounds like a small price for the luxury of watching hundreds of movies …

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