• Letters to the editor

    Burial plan needed Dear editor: I experienced the same problem Mr. Tyler Hawkins did when my first wife passed away in 1987 after a long illness. I had burial insurance on my late wife and myself but it was not near enough money, and my …

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  • Trying to navigate Pinterest

    Andrea Bruner “Hear Here” All of my friends are raving about the Pinterest website, but I have yet to figure out how to navigate my way around it. On the surface, I should be all about Pinterest, because it combines some of my very favorite …

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  • Titanic trivia you (probably) didn’t know

    Lacy Mitchell “Retro Active” I was a seventh- or eighth-grader and taking home economics when Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet vowed not to jump off a sinking ship until the last second in 1997’s “Titanic.” Now a whole new generation is getting to experience the …

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  • Batesville, you rock!

    Donetta Sterling “Say Anything” Last Thursday I received a call from a lady who told me about a group of kids trying to raise money for a mother’s funeral by having a car wash at Advance Auto Parts. (See full story in March 30 issue) …

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  • Ministry to spread gospel around world

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” Good Friday and Easter weekend seems like an appropriate time for this column about Jesus, Jonah and my grandpa — Jesus because he should always come first and is at the heart of our salvation, and Jonah and Papaw Sam …

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  • The impact of words

    Angelia Roberts “In Black and White” Words have a big impact. When I first started in this business many years ago it never really occurred to me how immersed we can get into complete strangers’ lives. I didn’t really comprehend how the power of the …

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  • Psyching myself out over nothing

    Andrea Bruner “Hear Here” OK. I’m weird. But at least I know. Some weird people have no clue they’re weird, right? I have a lot of things I’m weird about, but one in particular is, well, I guess you’d call it an “anti-foot fetish.” As …

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  • ‘The Killer’ ties knot No. 7

    Lacy Mitchell “Retro Active” It may seem he’s vying for Elizabeth Taylor’s spot for the most marriages, but maybe the seventh time will be a charm for rock ’n’ roll pianist Jerry Lee Lewis. According to a story picked up by the Associated Press, Lewis, …

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  • Slug bug! No punch backs!

    Donetta Sterling “Say Anything” When I was younger, we played a game called “Slug bug” and you punched someone in the arm every time you saw a Volkswagen Beetle car and said, “Slug bug!” Guess what? That game is still alive and kicking, and I …

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  • The power of prayer

    Angelia Roberts “In Black and White” God has to be smiling. After all, a 4-year-old child has been instrumental in keeping him busy answering prayers for five days in a row. And those pleas have been non stop. In the beginning they were that Caleb …

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  • Bullying is nothing new

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” John Wesley Hardin was an Old West gunfighter who once killed a man for snoring too loudly. He was in trouble with the law early in his life and guess what — it was for striking back at a bully …

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  • Be careful whose door you knock on

    Andrea Bruner “Hear Here” I guess you’d have to be suicidal, crazy or desperate to go knocking on rural folks’ doors in the middle of the night. We don’t mess around in our family — we go to the door at 3 a.m. with a …

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