• 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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  • The boy who lives for Halloween year-round

    “From ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things  that go ‘Momma! Momma!’ in the night,  Good Lord, deliver us.”  —Modified Scottish poem     Nov. 1 will be a red-letter day in the Tyree household. That’s when preparations begin for next Halloween. Yes, Gideon …

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  • What’s that in the sky? It’s the ISS

    I’m sure it had something to do with clear skies but three times last week I watched the International Space Station pass over Batesville. Isn’t it amazing, and a little scary, what you can find out on the Internet? I visited http://spotthestation.nasa.gov and put in …

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  • 6-ton mastodons once roamed Delta

    “Mona” looms large inside the Arkansas State University Museum at Jonesboro. She is a full-sized prehistoric mastodon skeletal-cast. The bone parts that make up Mona are identical to the hundreds of fossilized mastodon remains found in eastern Arkansas. Surprisingly, Arkansas has more known mastodon sites …

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  • Confederate army facing long winter after series of failures

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Confederate army was licking its wounds following a series of devastating failures in Arkansas, including Prairie Grove, Pea Ridge, Helena and Little Rock. The headquarters of the Trans-Mississippi Department was now in Shreveport, La., and the district, up until …

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  • Bye-bye, Miss American Pie

    Each day I watch as the ideals and morals that this country were founded on fade away. What the founders and veterans of this country worked so hard for and died for is now being squandered by their spoiled grandchildren who don’t appreciate it and …

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  • Time to taper Halloween celebrations in schools

    Principal Orlando Taylor believed he was doing the right thing last week when he sent a letter home announcing to parents that Halloween celebrations will be banned this year at Inglewood Elementary School. But Taylor underestimated how many parents in Towamencin Township, Pennsylvania are emotionally …

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  • Boy leaves Batesville, resurfaces later as clown on TV

    When Robert Ford looked at the obituaries in the Oct. 6 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, he saw that one of his childhood friends had passed on — a friend who left Batesville as the result of a tragic murder that occurred Jan. 2, 1935. The obituary was …

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  • Columbus, friend of Santa, discovers Halloween

    Well, I tried. With the holiday season approaching and more things coming across the news, I was determined not to say a single thing this season and just let people bask in their delusions. And personally I think I did a pretty good job. After …

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  • Anybody else hate bifocals?

    This summer, shortly after turning 53, I finally “upgraded” to bifocal eyeglasses, and I must admit that I am underwhelmed. I was in denial about needing glasses at all until high school. Until about the time Fonzie made it cool to wear eyeglasses in one …

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