• Admiration for Cleburne County’s library, leadership

    Sometimes all it takes is a spark to create a wildfire. That’s what it seemed like has happened with one of our neighboring communities, Cleburne County. Last Wednesday, I got to see the fruits of their labor, and what a beautiful site it was: The …

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  • How to live with your parents: Keep that sense of humor

    Hey, young adults, living at home with Mom and Dad isn’t the end of the world — if you follow the right advice. As it goes, reports the U.K.’s Daily Mail, nearly 30 percent of adults under age 35 are living at home with their …

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  • Asking for help isn’t always easy

    Asking for help isn’t always easy. For some it comes naturally, but for those who consider themselves independent, it can seem like a sign of weakness and inability to cope. However, there are some we perceive as those who rely on others’ help, like a …

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  • Want to turn this country around? Do something!

    I think it’s pretty obvious to everyone that our country is headed down a very bad path and if “we the people” don’t so something soon — there’s no telling where we’ll be in the near future. It’s not enough to sit around and gripe …

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  • Mowat combined many interests in his writings

    Farley Mowat, who combined his interests of the outdoors, environmental issues, indigenous peoples and many more into a very successful writing career, died on May 6, less than a week from his 93rd birthday. His best-known work may have been “Never Cry Wolf,” written in …

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  • My Todd

    It is the late ’50s and he is singing. He may not know all the words but “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” is probably one of the first songs imprinted on my young brain. There would be others and every time I hear those oldies …

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  • Chance at freedom prevailed over death

    The vast majority of us will never really know the terror, humiliation and pain that people living in Nazi concentration camps experienced. During Memorial Day weekend, I caught a special on AETN entitled “Escape from a Nazi Death Camp” about the Sobibor concentration camp, where …

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  • 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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