• Death visits again

    Donetta Sterling “Say Anything” If I have learned anything in the last 10 years, it’s that death is really a part of life. I can no longer ignore it or pretend it won’t happen to someone I love. My cousin Daniel Bradford died last Friday …

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  • Bear-ly speaking, we escaped

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” Buena Vista Exotic Animal Paradise, during its heyday, was one of the favorite places for my wife and I to visit during the 1970s. Eight miles northeast of Springfield, Mo., the 400-acre Paradise featured a four-mile drive where you eased …

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  • People, places and things

    Angelia Roberts “In Black and White” Having a favorite place is like having a favorite song. My friends and I have both. We pretty much fit the ’80s Ladies criteria and we love heading south to Natchez, Miss., and all points in between, where we …

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  • A reformed book snob

    Andrea Bruner “Hear Here” I never thought I would enjoy my Nook as much as I have. I considered myself a book snob, and the smell of a bookstore (not the coffee, mind you — the actual book bindings and yes, even the glue) is …

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  • A tip from ‘The Killer’

    Tony McGuffey “Observations” I only knew him as Big Jim. Back in ’67 he was the older (50s) and senior bell hop at the Holiday Inn nearest the Moline, Ill. airport. He was my mentor as I worked as a bus boy just out of …

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  • Undercover student: Movie spurs story idea

    Lacy Mitchell “Retro Active” I love movies with a journalistic twist and over the last few years they’ve been ones I’ve seen at the theater. What’s funny is I never realize many of them have such twists until the stories begin and I’ve made a …

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  • Swinging for the catcher

    Donetta Sterling “Say Anything” Yeah! Softball season has started. My daughter Alexas has been playing since tee-ball and I am surprised I have loved watching her practice and play as much as I do. I’m not a sports fan at all but I guess there’s …

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  • Historical figure spotlighted

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” Local author Mark Alan Rorie’s latest book in his Polk Bayou Kids series introduces young readers to one of the Batesville area’s — and the nation’s — most intriguing characters, Abraham Ruddell. The book, the fourth in the series, is …

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  • Time changes everything

    Tony McGuffey “Observations” In addition to a growing waistline and thinning or gray hair, I guess it’s a sure sign of advancing maturity (gettin’ old) when you start saying things like “I remember when a loaf of bread cost …” I say this because I …

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  • Hairspray, heels no contest for spider

    Lacy Mitchell “Retro Active” Killing spiders is not something I like but it’s something I’ve managed to overcome in recent years. To quote Delta Burke’s character, Suzanne Sugarbaker from “Designing Women”: “I don’t care what anybody says, I think the man should have to kill …

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  • ‘Callie ICC’ clear winner

    Angelia Roberts “In Black and White” Sometimes the real winners aren’t the ones who take home the first place trophy. That message was evident to me this week as I watched students (my grandson included) battle it out for the winning title during the elementary …

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  • Money for nothing

    Donetta Sterling “Say Anything” My youngest daughter will be turning 12 pretty soon and for weeks I have been hearing what she wants for her birthday and normally it’s something different every day — and she wants it now instead of waiting. I, like other …

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