• Death visits again

    Donetta Sterling “Say Anything” If I have learned anything in the last 10 years, it’s that death is really a part of life. I can no longer ignore it or pretend it won’t happen to someone I love. My cousin Daniel Bradford died last Friday …

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  • 2012 could be ugliest, silliest campaign ever

    Get ready for the 2012 presidential campaign to be one of the ugliest — and possibly silliest — ever. Actually, the campaign has been unofficially under way. It’s all but completely launched now that Mitt Romney is the last Super PAC standing and presumptive Republican …

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  • Bear-ly speaking, we escaped

    Larry Stroud “What the ???” Buena Vista Exotic Animal Paradise, during its heyday, was one of the favorite places for my wife and I to visit during the 1970s. Eight miles northeast of Springfield, Mo., the 400-acre Paradise featured a four-mile drive where you eased …

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  • Randolph Co. preserves rich history

    Randolph County is a treasure chest of early Arkansas history. Within 20 miles of Pocahontas, the county seat, visitors will find 13 historical sites ranging from the early territorial years through the introduction of statehood and into the Civil War era. Pocahontas, settled in 1807, …

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  • People, places and things

    Angelia Roberts “In Black and White” Having a favorite place is like having a favorite song. My friends and I have both. We pretty much fit the ’80s Ladies criteria and we love heading south to Natchez, Miss., and all points in between, where we …

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  • Musings on May Day

    Labor Day, celebrated each year on the first Monday of September, is widely known and celebrated as a holiday for American workers; perhaps less well known as a day for the labor movement is May Day, observed around the world on the first of the …

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  • Letter to the editor

    More complaints about park tax To the editor: I hope the people who voted in the latest city sales tax are satisfied (but I doubt they are). As of last October, we have to pay to reserve the pavilions at Riverside Park (although there is …

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  • A tip from ‘The Killer’

    Tony McGuffey “Observations” I only knew him as Big Jim. Back in ’67 he was the older (50s) and senior bell hop at the Holiday Inn nearest the Moline, Ill. airport. He was my mentor as I worked as a bus boy just out of …

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  • A reformed book snob

    Andrea Bruner “Hear Here” I never thought I would enjoy my Nook as much as I have. I considered myself a book snob, and the smell of a bookstore (not the coffee, mind you — the actual book bindings and yes, even the glue) is …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    The number of state prison inmates who are released on parole is steadily going up while the number who are discharged after serving out their entire sentence is going down, according to a report compiled by prison officials for the state Board of Correction. In …

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  • This is Arkansas – Spring Mill

    When built in 1867, Spring Mill was a “state-of-the-art” facility, complete with imported millstones and a Leffel 40-horsepower vertical water turbine shipped from Ohio. John A. Schnable (also spelled Schnabel, a Confederate veteran, built the stone dam and works for the original owner, A.N. Simmons. …

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  • 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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