• Some of the perils of nasty ‘netiquette’

    Editor note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” available at amazon.com.   Boy, is technology making us ruder. I read with great delight a Wall Street Journal story about a couple …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: In response to (last week’s) letter regarding chemotherapy, radiation and a cancer cure. All a person needs to do is read G. Edward Griffin’s book, “World Without Cancer, the Story of Vitamin B17,” to understand that Big Pharm and FDA will never release …

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  • Christmastime’s a’coming … and still no wreath

    Almost a year later and I have to wonder what I was thinking when the days following Christmas I thought I’d get crafty and buy tons of Christmas ornament balls to make a vintage-inspired bauble wreath. I blame it on Pinterest, which is like the …

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  • White River pearl boom plundered mussel beds

    The White and Black river regions of Arkansas experienced a pearl “boom” during the first three decades of the last century. Farmers left their crops unharvested; bankers, lawyers and merchants closed their doors; and hundreds of families relocated to shanties and tents along the rivers …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Enlightened about chemo Dear editor: I would like to respond to a letter that ran on Tuesday, “Thoughts on Chemotherapy.” I truly felt the pain of the writer who signed “Bitter and enlightened.” Sir, I don’t know about the latter. Before a person starts chemo they do …

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  • Ding! Commercials turn hubby into ‘ultimate fighter’

    I am not a sports fan but my husband, Bryan, sure is, especially when it comes to ultimate fighting. For those of you who have not seen this, it’s basically an all-out brawl. Men wrestle, use martial arts and any other means to win a …

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  • Making a difference in people’s lives

    As a publisher of a weekly newspaper, you find yourself doing a lot of different things. Both news and advertising become part of the daily routine. One day you’re crunching numbers for the budget, the next day you’re calling on a new business that has …

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  • Calling for the death of this rumor

    I know of newspapers that kept their communities informed about clean water and shelter during terrible storms and disasters. I know of newspapers that exposed crooks, lost a lot of advertising from the crooks’ buddies and still put out a paper every week. I know …

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  • Outdoor theater to close

    It was with great sadness that I read a news story from Branson, Mo., that reached me Monday — my favorite entertainment show there, The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre is closing. After 54 seasons, the outdoor theater will greet its final guests on …

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  • Stop whining and try working

    It’s always refreshing to see another country do something stupid, especially when our own is in the middle of a mess such as this government shutdown. It’s nice to know there are idiots running things at other places on the globe and not just here …

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  • Community newspapers: Showing the importance of a good story

    I learned about the importance of telling a good story — something your publications try to do each and every day — from a Tennessean who was a dear friend of mine. His name was Alex Haley and he became famous for telling stories, in …

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  • Granddaughters keeping score

    Last week my son called to tell me my oldest granddaughter wanted to read me something she had written. I listened as she read her “How Tornadoes Happen” story, sounding rather prim and proper for a second-grader. Long, long ago it was a rainy day …

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