• Finding fun on the tennis court

    For the last couple of months, my 12-year-old daughter Alexas and I have become obsessed with tennis. We don’t know the rules and we don’t care. Those lines on the court mean nothing to us. We serve from where ever we want and the ball …

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  • Learning from dad

    Even though my dad is gone I still feel like I am learning from him. It seems to hit me out of nowhere why he did some of the things he did. When I was younger, he did a lot of things that made no …

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  • Judges, please know your stuff

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” Folks who are chosen to judge photos submitted by the public, whether at a county fair or another level, need to just say no if they are unfamiliar with animals, because in any such photo contest will be lots of …

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  • History abounds at the ‘6th Floor’

    Lacy Mitchell “Retro Active” Funny how my first impression of John F. Kennedy was of people sitting on a grassy knoll — images that for years I never knew were captured at about the same moments that gunshots rang out on the streets of Dallas, …

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  • Invisible sign stops drivers

    Donetta Sterling “Say Anything” Although I have been here nearly a year, I still have many things to learn about the city of Batesville and driving in it is one of them. When leaving from work, I normally take College Street at the intersection with …

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  • Wild Americas to be explored

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” “Untamed Americas,” the world premiere of what National Geographic calls a “natural history event,” will air Sunday and Monday, marking the first U.S. simulcast on National Geographic Channel, NatGeo WILD and NatGeo MUNDU. Narrated by Academy-Award nominee Josh Brolin, “Untamed …

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  • Finding thanks if I May

    Angelia Roberts “In Black and White” Last year my resolution was to find something every day to be thankful for and so many people have told me how much they enjoyed reading my little bits and pieces so I decided to give it a go …

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  • ‘Prince’ is MIA

    Donetta Sterling “Say Anything” I was taught, perhaps inadvertently, to rely on a man to take care of me. Now before everyone gets upset and calls me a “man hater” — let me explain. Perhaps it was my generation or just my family, but I …

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  • Trips with the grandparents

    Angelia Roberts “In Black and White” Every time I see an old car that looks like one my grandparents drove or see the Mountain Grove, Mo., sign I smile. From an early age I would load up with the grandparents and we would head out …

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  • If I’m ever on ‘Snapped’

    Andrea Bruner “Hear Here” I guess reality TV and the prolific number of crime dramas on television these days have made us all something of an amateur crime sleuth. If Gary and I get even 10 or 15 minutes into an episode of “The First …

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  • Love for car gives wrong turn

    Lacy Mitchell “Retro Active” “They’re only admiring my pretty car,” I told Luke as we headed down the highway toward Texas. Surely that was why the cars were passing us on the two-lane stretch of road past Hot Springs, looking at us as their vehicles …

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  • Writer produced thousands of hymns

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” The most prolific hymn writer of all, Fanny Crosby, was blind from infancy. She wrote 8,000 to 9,000 Christian songs, depending upon whose figures you use. It’s difficult to tell, for gospel songbook publishers did not want to have Fanny …

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