• 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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  • Some donations create a hairy situation

    You know how most women seem rarely to be happy with their hair? Well, I reckon I fall into that category. I was born with thick, wavy hair, but if I don’t get it thinned out regularly, it weighs down my whole head and makes …

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  • The cornerstone of democracy

    We’ve been calling it the end of an era for a long time now. It’s supposed to be the end of newspapers, according to naysayers who have been predicting their ultimate demise for years. But the facts prove the newspaper industry is growing and transforming …

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  • Quitting Facebook

    It started out innocently enough — a way to re-connect with old friends, and keep in touch with current ones. Then, there were the marketing aspects. Here was an online place everyone was sure to frequent. I could show them my photography, my digital art …

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