• ‘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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  • What I will do with my lottery winnings

    Angelia Roberts “In Black and White” For most people, just the thought of winning the lottery makes them giddy with excitement. So far, I have not been guilty of helping finance college scholarships and most of the time it doesn’t cross my mind to even …

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  • Just some random thoughts

    Andrea Bruner “Hear Here” Some days I feel like my mind is going in about a hundred different directions, and even as organized as I am, it’s hard to keep everything straight. Here are a few things at the front of my brain this week: …

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  • Meeting the princess of rock

    Lacy Mitchell “Retro Active” If I had a bucket list she would be on it and a trip to Dallas last week wasn’t going to stop me from seeing her even if it meant driving nearly eight hours to Memphis, a trip that ordinarily takes …

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  • Going ‘Psycho’ over shower curtain

    Donetta Sterling “Say Anything” I, like a lot of others, have been traumatized by movies like “Pyscho,” a classic horror movie by Alfred Hitchcock. One scene in the movie is the famous shower scene and it has stayed with me until this day. In it …

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  • Who was Haym Solomon?

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” Perhaps I heard about Haym Solomon in American history classes in public school, but if so, it was so long ago I had forgotten. Somehow, though, I doubt that Solomon was mentioned. If he was, I suspect it was only …

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  • Going back in time

    Andrea Bruner “Hear Here” The Confederates won the last battle in Batesville — unless the Union makes another advancement while our boys in gray are away. Gary and I attended the Civil War re-enactment of the “Union Invasion of Batesville” last weekend at Riverside Park, …

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  • Blessed with many mothers

    Angelia Roberts “In Black and White” Growing up in a tight-knit community we were blessed with a multitude of mothers who fed us, kissed our boo-boos and set us right when they thought we were heading left. It was nothing for Montine Skidmore to give …

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