• 9/11 ‘graffiti’ evokes mixed emotions

    For many it’s a way to show their condolences and honor a loved one’s memory. But to some at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York it’s nothing short of graffiti. According to reports, bereaved friends and family members are scratching personalized messages into …

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  • Government buying large amounts of ammo

    Armored vehicles are being distributed across the country while large purchases of guns and ammunition are being purchased by our government. It’s no wonder that some U.S. citizens are starting to get a little nervous. Last week I wrote about the MRAPs (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected …

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  • State’s had only one F5 twister

    The late April tornadoes that struck Vilonia — again — and Mayflower, killing about 16 people in Arkansas, seems to have put twisters in the public consciousness again. It seems like Arkansas is twister alley again — and that night, April 27, it seemed like …

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  • Minnie Mouse Oreos and other birthday party ideas

    How did people plan weddings, birthday parties and family reunions before Pinterest? I think of Ella Fitzgerald singing, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy …” and that pretty much sums up a perfect summer weekend. That wasn’t the case at our house last weekend, however, …

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  • Towns across U.S. receiving free armored vehicles (including ours)

    In case you haven’t heard, the Independence County Sheriff’s Office has received an armored vehicle called an MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected). It’s a huge vehicle whose designed purpose is surviving improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and ambushes. Police departments across the country are snapping up …

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  • Clues to Norseman Leif Ericson’s ‘booths’

    When the late Norwegian Kare Prytz was trying to figure out where the Norseman Leif Ericson, who traveled to what it now America in a Viking longship in or around 1000 A.D., Prytz used a unique but quite logical way of doing it. He compared …

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  • Time to have ‘the talk’

    We’re having “the talk” at our house. Not the sex talk, but the “death” talk. Gary, Kaylee and I went to my mom’s for a later Mother’s Day weekend, and she told me about some things she wanted taken care of, when she passes away. …

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  • Graduations always make me cry

    Was I the only preschooler who had to wear a cap and gown for graduation? Do preschoolers have graduation anymore? In recent weeks I’ve heard and seen (on Facebook) where some parents are shocked to find their children are being asked to wear the attire, …

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  • Who knew? Learning can be fun

    Lately, all I seem to do is read, which is very strange for me. I’ve never liked to read. As a matter of fact when I wrote my first book, I asked my colleagues to write a comment about me that I could put in …

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  • Pleasant Plains was on Southwest Trail

    When you stop and think about it, you realize that 1970 was 44 years ago. We should all be grateful for the charter members and following members and writers of articles and furnshers of photos for the local historical society’s publication, the Independence County Chronicle. …

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  • Are we becoming who and what we hate?

    Are we becoming who and what we hate? When I first came to work at the Guard one of my primary responsibilities was to fill inside pages with national and international news. With little knowledge or much real interest about international affairs, I became obsessed …

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  • Find your place in the world

    Graduation is here and with it comes a mixture of feelings, from relief to disbelief with some excitement and apprehension often thrown in. Some graduates are looking forward to starting college, while others may be thinking about job hunting. It has come up in conversation …

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