• The Martians were coming, the Martians were coming!

    Ah, time passes faster than a flying saucer. So we blink and find that today marks the 75th anniversary of one of the most embarrassing incidents in American history. I’m speaking of the hysteria surrounding the CBS radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ science fiction novel …

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  • Giving back? The NFL sees green in pink

    How do you feel about the NFL donating only 8 percent of pink gear sales toward cancer research? That’s according to Business Insider, who breaks down distribution of the money from sales this way: 50 percent goes to the retailer, 37.5 percent to the manufacturer, …

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  • Communicate, appreciate, validate

    We remain connected to our loved ones, even after they die, according to psychic medium John Edward. I believe that. Even though we leave our earthly bodies when we die, I believe there is still a connection with our loved ones. I remember one afternoon …

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  • Collecting students’ money spells trouble

    The Music Man showed up here the other day, hoping to separate school kids from their money. Like the fictional Prof. Harold Hill, whose fast talking convinced residents of River City, Iowa, to invest in a boys’ band, this Music Man raises hopes, makes promises …

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  • There’s more to the story than the headline

    If you’ve fallen into the Internet Age tendency of skimming headlines and tweets instead of reading the entire article, you’d understandably think the new pope is a hippie and the new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is a peacenik. (Also: chocolate detects cancer, Oreos are …

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  • 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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