• 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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  • The mist around my dying mother

    Donetta Sterling “Say Anything” This is the first year I will be spending Mother’s Day without a mother. I still can’t believe she is gone. I asked her to show me a sign if she could to let me know she made it to Heaven. …

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  • Losing to chicken is fowl play

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” I once got beaten by a chicken at tic-tac-toe. Once was enough. I refused to play again. Actually, I think the game ended in a draw, or as we used to say, the “cat” won. Anyway, I did not win. …

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  • A different kind of Mother’s Day

    Andrea Bruner “Hear Here” Mother’s Day is Sunday, but for all too many people it’s not a day to celebrate but a day to remember and perhaps commemorate. When I was a kid, Mother’s Day meant getting up early to fix my mom Pop-Tarts and …

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  • Things not taught in school

    Tony McGuffey “Observations” If you’re a participant of the social media site Facebook you may have seen a posting that showed a photo of a gun and a Bible with the caption that reads “Two things that every American should know how to use … …

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  • Looking for ‘famous’ graves Website leads to burial sites

    Lacy Mitchell “Retro Active” Many who read my column on a regular basis probably know Luke and I love the movies, old Hollywood actors and actresses, the 1950s, etc. However, some may find it weird that we enjoy hunting up the graves of dead celebrities, …

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  • 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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