A tangible reflection of God’s love

August 9, 2011 I went out on a hot date the other night, and boy was my wife Angie jealous. I hated leaving her out in the cold like that, but there’s just been a stirring in my soul lately. Sometimes a man has got to do what a man’s got to do!

Call for troops: Arkansas’ quota

August 8, 2011 One hundred and fifty years ago, the president of the Confederate States of America issued a call for troops for the purpose of organizing a reserve army corps. Arkansas’ quota for new recruits was 3,000 men whose term of enlistment would be for the duration of the war, “Authorizing him (Arkansas Gov. Henry Massie Rector) to receive the said number, by independent companies, and to establish camps of instruction at suitable and accessible points.”

Ledge update

August 8, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The State Hospital has agreed to a far-reaching improvement plan that will keep federal funding of the facility intact for the next year.The hospital is a psychiatric facility in Little Rock with 236 beds for people with mental illnesses so severe that they need to be placed in an institution. It is operated by the state Department of Human Services, which also operates 13 community mental health centers across the state for thousands of Arkansans who require psychiatric care.

Hemingway, Mom and me

August 8, 2011 It’s hard to imagine that Ernest Hemingway, the author, ever had anything to do with Arkansas. But then he met second wife Pauline while still married to his first wife and all that changed. Pauline Pfeiffer-Hemingway was the daughter of Paul and Mary Pfeiffer. Paul, who along with two brothers, established the St. Louis-based Pfeiffer Pharmaceuticals, took a shine to Piggott during a visit and in 1902 acquired his first piece of land there.

PSA levels

August 5, 2011 Dear editor:Men, if you are going in for a prostate exam be sure you don’t let your doctor do a rectal exam before you have your blood work done as this will cause your PSA levels to SHOOT UP. That is what happened to me 2 years in a row, this year and last year.

Coming back from adversity

August 5, 2011 There may be a time in your life, perhaps more than one, when you hit bottom. It may feel as if your situation can’t get any worse. There may be one event that stresses you out or a cumulative series of circumstances.Regardless of the cause, if you hit bottom you can bounce back. But you have to believe you can and you have to want to. Although this appears to be obvious, there are people who don’t think it’s possible to get back up or do not have the drive to do so.

Save our small towns

August 5, 2011 As a resident of a small town (Belfast, Tennessee), I am distressed by the 2010 U.S. Census.Rural population is declining both as a percentage of the U.S. total (down to 16 percent, compared to 20 percent a decade ago and a whopping 72 percent a century ago) and in absolute terms (a loss of 11 million residents since 1990). Demographers warn of (gloat over?) a mid-century America characterized by sprawling megalopolises with virtual ghost towns in between.

Carnival parade: Water fight!

August 5, 2011 Be there or be dry this Saturday on Main Street. A huge water fight will be happening as part of the White River Water Carnival parade. I can’t wait and neither can my daughter. This will be our first time and I may be eating my words the first time I am shot by someone. I’m not sure how all this works but I know that we all here at the Guard will be participating. All I was told was be prepared to get wet!

On showing execution photos, videos

August 5, 2011 The images would be the ultimate in “reality” programming: A TV broadcast or online streaming video of an actual execution.Would you watch? Would you want news organizations — or anyone with a computer, for that matter — to broadcast or stream it on a live or delayed basis?On July 22, Georgia prison officials complied with a request from Andrew Grant DeYoung’s attorneys for a video of Young’s death by lethal injection for killing three people in 1993.

Rolling back mists of time

August 4, 2011 No one in our immediate family even suspected a picture of George Washington Dees existed — until a couple of weeks ago, when some copies of Dees family pictures arrived in the mail. Among them were a couple of photos of him and his son, George Albert Dees.We knew little about either man, even though George Albert Dees was my wife Wanda’s maternal grandfather and George Washington Dees, her great-grandfather. From southeast Missouri, these men were, of course, our son Luke’s great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather.