• Christening gown is tradition, not fashion

    I wasn’t alive to participate in all the fanfare associated with the marriage of Diana and Prince Charles in 1981, but have certainly been enthralled with Princess of Wales’ story. A few years ago Branson hosted a Diana exhibit featuring several of her gowns, mementos …

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  • Ferryboats were ‘floating bridges’

    Independence County once had almost a dozen ferryboats plying the White and Black rivers. Statewide, the number may have been close to 300 boats. During the 1800s, most ferries were constructed of logs and could be the most dangerous part of an overland journey. First, …

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  • … and then a hero comes along

    A new hero emerged last Sunday — Amy Murphree, a local woman who was kidnapped from her home by a stranger, fought back and survived. All the details of the event are not yet known but what we do know is a man came to …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Moved by heartwarming video To the Editor: Thank you for the beautiful job on the homecoming of Amy. I was moved to tears seeing the hometown newspaper doing a heartfelt video of the homecoming. I am thankful that you shared it with the public. This world has so …

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  • Tugalo Stone sheds light on mysteries

    An inscribed stone in north Georgia that has been an enigma for about two centuries was recently found to be very important to pre-Columbian researchers, according to an article by Thomas D. Cox, archaeologist and historian. An article by Cox in Vol. 14, Issue No. …

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  • My sandwich demands its rights, too

    It’s always nice to see schools in the news for something positive — like implementing new programs for students, teacher of the year, scholarship recipients, sports championships, etc. Those things make us smile. After all, the youth of America is our future and one of …

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  • Does ObamaCare cover sticker shock?

    Rebecca was stunned when she opened her mail last week. Her insurance carrier, Highmark BCBS, said her health insurance premium would rise 40 percent this year and her policy would be canceled on Dec. 1, 2014. She had purchased the policy in 2009, after her …

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  • Stepping back in time

    Back in 1981 the city and county decided two law enforcement agencies in one county wasn’t really the way to go. The city of Batesville was experiencing internal turmoil and after some consideration the two entities agreed on an interlocal contract aimed at the safety …

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  • In all honesty: Tales about The Tooth Fairy

    I love to teach the children at our church. They are always so full of life, and I learn a lot from them. This last Sunday, teaching the 5-year-olds, was no different. My lesson was on honesty, but before we could get to it, we …

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  • Parents should talk to their teens about sex

    According to research published by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, our teens may know more than we give them credit for when it comes to sex education. Most teens (94 percent) think that adults should inform them that they ought to wait to …

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  • How to repurpose birthday tutu for little girl’s pirate costume. Or, how to drive yourself crazy

    I think I’m beginning to understand why my folks always bought our Halloween costumes, rather than make them. Last year, I saw the most adorable Cookie Monster tutu online and bought it for Kaylee. She was barely big enough to sit up by herself last …

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Bifocal wearer just needs more time to get adjusted Dear editor: After reading Danny Tyree’s story about wearing bifocals, I wanted to call him up and tell him this but can’t find him listed anywhere in the phone book. So I assume he has a cell phone or only a computer of which …

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