• 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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  • Tick fever — it may be closer than you think

    Charles McKenzie of Evening Shade didn’t know what was wrong when he started running a fever. After all, he didn’t have any other symptoms of flu or a common cold, such as sore throat, stomachache or lower bowel problems, sinus infection or headache. But he …

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  • ‘Magic shoes,’ like cell phone, won’t bring popularity

    It seems all I have heard for months is how badly my 12-year-old daughter Alexas wants a cell phone. Apparently every child in school has one except for her, which I’m sure is not true. I keep telling her that having a phone is a …

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  • We’re not the lowest, and we’re not the highest

    Winston Churchill once said, “There is no such thing as a good tax,” and Ralph Waldo Emerson told us, “For every benefit you receive a tax is levied.” Just say the word “tax” and you’re sure to get folks’ attention, especially around here it seems. …

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  • New car needs new language

    “Call Luke,” I tell the computerized woman’s voice coming from my car’s speakers. Call bank?” she asks. “No. Call Luke,” I reply. “To make a call, say dial and the name of the person you wish to call,” she tells me. “I just did,” I …

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