• Pride goeth before a sinking ship

    Mike Yates has finally assumed responsibility for his actions. It’s not about time — it’s way past time. The former Jonesboro police chief announced his resignation effective Monday after weeks of letting his “anger and pride over-ride (his) judgment and wisdom by saying a number …

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  • Conversations with Mom

    “Lady across from me, I thought was playing with an etch-a-shetch but then I noticed an apple emblem on back, lol! “P.s. How do you spell scetch?” Conversations with Mom are always eventful, even more so when they’re in the form of text messages. The …

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  • Editorial – City idea headed south

    Some of those living on the south side of the river have been shocked to learn Batesville leaders had put a plan in motion to bring them into their fold. After all, no one had so much as talked with or consulted them, much less …

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  • Compensation for bad reactions to vaccinations

    It’s school time again and for many parents it’s time for shots. I thought we were done with shots a long time ago but this year my daughter Alexas was required to get a meningitis shot. I was leery of giving her any shots because …

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  • Maine Coon Cats

    In 2007, one of my columns was about Maine Coon Cats, and it was a memorable one, especially for some folks. That column included a bit of history: Maine Coons are considered America’s only natural, long-haired native cat. However, they are thought to have originated …

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  • Don’t look in my glove box, and I won’t look in yours

    After reading an article by Erika Rawes, “Wall St. Cheat Sheet,” entitled “7 little things that almost everyone steals,” I’ll own up to stealing too. I have walked away from countless places with pens, sometimes not even realizing what I am doing at the time …

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  • Mother hen not looking forward to empty nest

    Here it is already back-to-school time. It’s bittersweet because I am reminded that each year brings me closer to an empty nest. I have been raising children since I was 18 years old and in just four more years my last child will leave home. …

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  • Thieves enjoy your vacation photos, too

    How many of us post a vacation photo on social media and think, “Hope nobody sees this and decides to rob me while I’m living it up in the land of sand and surf”? But how many of us have seen our friends’ photos and …

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  • Cartoon transformations a ruse by toy makers?

    “I don’t ever remember Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles looking this mean when I was kid,” Luke said of the action figures on display as we made our way down the aisle, trying to sidestep others in our path during a recent walk at Walmart when …

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  • It’s me — Donetta

    Last Saturday my girls and I went shopping. They bought new clothes and at their persistence — I bought a new look and now nobody knows who I am. I should know better. Every time I get those two together they come up with some …

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  • When we all get to heaven

    By the time I was 3 or 4 I was destined to land in the obituary department and debate the “when we all get to heaven” topic. My mom reminded me of that last week when we talked about how, back in the day, she …

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  • Many of us don’t have enough retirement saved

    Here’s a piece of information that shouldn’t surprise anyone: The least wealthy baby boomer and Generation X households are far more likely to run short of money in retirement. Gary and I just celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary on Sunday, and when we first got …

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