• 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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  • ‘Tell Wes to be a good man’

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” When I wrote a March 29 column about Western gunfighter John Wesley Hardin, who once killed a man for snoring too loudly, I never expected to hear from anyone local whose grandfather used to exchange letters with Hardin. “My grandfather …

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  • Getting back on the wagon

    Lacy Mitchell “Retro Active” Dang you, proverbial wagon. I was doing good until I fell off you! I’d blame it on car trouble that led to the purchase of a new one and all that goes with it, but I know I only have myself …

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  • Hindsight is 20/20

    Angelia Roberts “In Black And White” This week we spent two days in court listening to defense attorneys from the Arkansas Public Defenders Commission explaining why convicted murderer Steven V. Wertz had ineffective legal counsel during his 2007 trial. His guilt of killing Terry and …

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  • Kicking the fast food habit

    Donetta Sterling “Say Anything” I’ve had to kick my fast food habit or at the very least, scale way back. Eating out is so handy, though. It’s on my way home and I think my car just drives itself to the drive-through. It’s cheap, fast …

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  • The lost state of Franklin (or Frankland)

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” A proposed state that came within one vote (or two votes, depending upon the source of information) of becoming our nation’s actual 14th state has been so lost in history that few people today are even aware of it. Had …

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