• 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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  • New car, sans Elvis radio

    Lacy Mitchell “Retro Active” Satellite radio. “How would anyone pay to listen to something that’s free,” I remember thinking as my classmate touted the new technology during speech class 10 years ago. Sure, it’s commercial-free and specialized but it’s not local. It sounded like a …

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  • Cure needed for baby fever

    Donetta Sterling “Say Anything” My 24-year-old, single daughter, Shay, has baby fever and she’s had it for quite some time. Every so often I will get a text that reads, “I want a fat baby.” I wasn’t really worried too much but the other weekend …

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  • ‘Legend’ of the Cain Lead Mine

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” The late Remmel Baxter of Cushman, who owned and operated Cushman General Store for many years and also was mayor at one time, collected information about the lost Cain Lead Mine over the years and placed the written account with …

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  • I like my doppelgänger

    Lacy Mitchell “Retro Active” I never thought I’d be someone who’d remind others of somebody famous. Enter actress Michelle Williams — recognized for her roles in the TV show “Dawson’s Creek” and movies like “Brokeback Mountain” with Heath Ledger, whom she married, had daughter Matilda …

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  • ‘Banned from Walmart’

    Donetta Sterling “Say Anything” I love funny emails. Years ago, I received the following one and it still makes me laugh. I have no idea who the author of this is — I suspect it is a man, though. The email reads: “After Mr. and …

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  • The Weather Channel goes bummer

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” When The Weather Channel went on the air on May 2, 1982, I thought it was the stupidest idea ever. After all, anybody wanting to watch the weather forecast could tune into either the 6 p.m. or 10 p.m. news …

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  • Find them all a home

    Anyone who knows me knows I’m a sucker for animals. If I could, I’d adopt every homeless pet out there (well, dogs and cats — pythons and pet tarantulas are on their own). Last year, the Guard put together a team for the Humane Society …

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  • Want a cupcake? Get in line

    We know about ATM machines, candy and soda machines but a new one is now taking the cake in some parts of the country. Cupcake, that is. Sprinkles, the Beverly Hills bakery that helped inspire the craze for sweet frosting in snack-size portions, according to …

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  • Gone to her great tomorrow

    Since her death, I have dreaded going back to my mom’s house. Going through her things just seems wrong but even worse yet is selling them to strangers. None of us children have room to keep all her things and have already taken the things …

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  • Grisham’s new book will be ‘icing on the cake’

    1973. The average wage was $13,000 a year. Gas was 40 cents a gallon. Roe vs. Wade was making headlines and Richard Milhous Nixon was touting, “I am not a crook.” Like most families, my dad was the only wage-earner and my stay-at-home mom was …

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