• Candidates should be able to answer impromptu questions

    If I heard, “It’s your duty to vote,” once, I heard it a hundred times. Emmett Whitten was passionate about his job at Calico Rock High School and that included pounding his love of history along with our obligation to vote into his attentive and …

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  • Why pay to ‘escape the room’ when you can be stressed at home for free?

    There’s a lot of crazy ideas out there, but I had to laugh when I saw a story on the Associated Press wire last week about a new phenomenon I’d never heard of yet: Room escape attractions. Imagine being handcuffed to a person and locked …

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  • New release not for unfamiliar fans

    Putting the CD into the player, I was excited about hearing the never-before released tracks of Jerry Lee Lewis. By the album’s end I understood why the “The Knox Phillips Sessions: The Unreleased Recordings of Jerry Lee Lewis” had never been heard until now. A …

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  • Does your school want a grenade launcher? Some campuses receiving military equipment

    There’s been a lot of uproar over what is being called the militarization of police departments who have been receiving used military surplus, but what a lot of people may not realize is that school districts have been beefing up their security as well with …

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  • Hunters are very valuable

    Pretty amazing. A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion: There were over 600,000 hunters during a recent deer season. Just. In. The. State. Of. Wisconsin. He restated the number, just in case …

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  • Quit shooting the messenger; let’s make the world better

    If you are against everything, how can you be for anything? Those who are working to make the world better can take one step forward only to find they are being shoved two steps back by those who find fault in every direction. I am …

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  • Osage orange goes by many names

    When my dad handed me a small, orange-colored fruit and said he’d only seen one other like it ever — I wondered what the heck is it? Bodark, Osage orange, horse apple, hedge apple. I was clueless. Since nearly 200 round bales of his hay …

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  • Where to put the purse down?

    Ladies, I have a purse problem. It’s not life or death, and to some it may seem silly, but I am having trouble finding not just a spot, but the spot to put my purse at home. Many may wonder why this should even worry …

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  • Life unedited

    She had a death grip on the manila envelope. Permission to read the contents meant she was letting me into her heart and soul, and as much as she wanted to hand it over removing an internal organ would have been easier. The adult woman …

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  • The mystery of the Elberton, Georgia Guidestones, part II

    In last week’s column I discussed the Georgia Guidestones, a mysterious stone monument that was commissioned to be built by a stranger in a field in 1980 in the small community of Elberton, Georgia. Carved into the granite wall are 10 guides for living in …

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  • Virginia Dare, first child born in the Americas to English parents

    Virginia Dare, born Aug. 18, 1587, was the first recorded child born in the Americas to English parents. The parents were Eleanor Ananias Dare. She was born into the Roanoke Colony in what is now North Carolina on the East Coast. Whatever happened to Virginia …

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  • Let go of shallow interactions

    “There’s a human tendency to feel like you’re pulling more than your fair share of the weight.” That was the opening line of a piece by Lisa Earle McLeod, a writer who graces the Guard opinion page from time to time. But how accurate those …

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