• The lost state of Franklin (or Frankland)

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” A proposed state that came within one vote (or two votes, depending upon the source of information) of becoming our nation’s actual 14th state has been so lost in history that few people today are even aware of it. Had …

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  • Letters to the editor

    Burial plan needed Dear editor: I experienced the same problem Mr. Tyler Hawkins did when my first wife passed away in 1987 after a long illness. I had burial insurance on my late wife and myself but it was not near enough money, and my …

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  • Trying to navigate Pinterest

    Andrea Bruner “Hear Here” All of my friends are raving about the Pinterest website, but I have yet to figure out how to navigate my way around it. On the surface, I should be all about Pinterest, because it combines some of my very favorite …

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  • Titanic trivia you (probably) didn’t know

    Lacy Mitchell “Retro Active” I was a seventh- or eighth-grader and taking home economics when Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet vowed not to jump off a sinking ship until the last second in 1997’s “Titanic.” Now a whole new generation is getting to experience the …

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  • Batesville, you rock!

    Donetta Sterling “Say Anything” Last Thursday I received a call from a lady who told me about a group of kids trying to raise money for a mother’s funeral by having a car wash at Advance Auto Parts. (See full story in March 30 issue) …

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  • Ministry to spread gospel around world

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” Good Friday and Easter weekend seems like an appropriate time for this column about Jesus, Jonah and my grandpa — Jesus because he should always come first and is at the heart of our salvation, and Jonah and Papaw Sam …

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  • The impact of words

    Angelia Roberts “In Black and White” Words have a big impact. When I first started in this business many years ago it never really occurred to me how immersed we can get into complete strangers’ lives. I didn’t really comprehend how the power of the …

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  • Psyching myself out over nothing

    Andrea Bruner “Hear Here” OK. I’m weird. But at least I know. Some weird people have no clue they’re weird, right? I have a lot of things I’m weird about, but one in particular is, well, I guess you’d call it an “anti-foot fetish.” As …

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  • ‘The Killer’ ties knot No. 7

    Lacy Mitchell “Retro Active” It may seem he’s vying for Elizabeth Taylor’s spot for the most marriages, but maybe the seventh time will be a charm for rock ’n’ roll pianist Jerry Lee Lewis. According to a story picked up by the Associated Press, Lewis, …

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  • Slug bug! No punch backs!

    Donetta Sterling “Say Anything” When I was younger, we played a game called “Slug bug” and you punched someone in the arm every time you saw a Volkswagen Beetle car and said, “Slug bug!” Guess what? That game is still alive and kicking, and I …

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  • The power of prayer

    Angelia Roberts “In Black and White” God has to be smiling. After all, a 4-year-old child has been instrumental in keeping him busy answering prayers for five days in a row. And those pleas have been non stop. In the beginning they were that Caleb …

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  • Bullying is nothing new

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” John Wesley Hardin was an Old West gunfighter who once killed a man for snoring too loudly. He was in trouble with the law early in his life and guess what — it was for striking back at a bully …

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