Big day ahead

April 25, 2011 In just a few short days Kate Middleton will be Princess Catherine. Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s first born will no longer be single and the media spotlight on the young couple won’t have ended just because the walk down the aisle has.Yet I couldn’t be more excited about Friday’s wedding between Prince William of Wales and his longtime commoner girlfriend than if I had received my very own invitation from the Queen of England herself.You’ve heard of (Justin) Bieber fever? Well, I’ve got Royal Wedding fever and I’ve given up trying to hide it.

Happy Easter

April 22, 2011 There are certain times throughout the year that lend themselves to reflecting on what has been and creating a new plan for what will come next. Easter is one of those natural defining moments for many Americans everywhere. We forgive a little more easily and wonder just what might be possible.

Arms being seized at start of war

April 22, 2011 One hundred and fifty years ago, emotions were running high and the adrenaline of the nation was apparent in examining the events that transpired following the bombardment on Fort Sumter by the Confederate artillery in Charleston Harbor. Events that occurred hundreds of miles from Arkansas would have a devastating impact on Arkansas’ willingness to remain a state in the union.

‘The Possum’ at Cash fest

April 22, 2011 The announcement earlier this month that Arkansas State University at Jonesboro purchased the boyhood home of the late country singer Johnny Cash could not have excited me more. For years I wondered why the family never tried to do something to save the home in Dyess, which for more than 30 years was privately owned, and now the news that it and the Dyess administration building will be undergoing restoration just thrills me.

Boys will be … something

April 22, 2011 “And you knew who you were then/ Goils were goils and men were men.”Those words from the theme of TV’s “All In The Family” seem appropriate for the recent brouhaha over gender identity.In case you haven’t heard, clothier J. Crew inadvertently started a pink stink with an ad campaign in which the company’s creative director (Jenna Lyons) was shown painting her young son Beckett’s toenails hot pink.

A home for Pooch

April 21, 2011 If Pooch were on Facebook, his relationship status wouldn’t just be “single.” It could be “orphaned.”Pooch almost found a home. Almost. But that almost wasn’t enough, and his “forever” home slipped out of his reach once again. Pooch is a resident at the Humane Society of Independence County, He came to the shelter in a litter of puppies in May 2007. His leg was broken and he had to wear a cast until it healed.

Response given to fracking column

April 21, 2011 In response to last week’s column about fracking and drilling for natural gas in the Fayetteville Shale Play, Zachary Mobley wrote, in part, as follows:“Concerning the woman you quoted in your column, we are pretty sure we know who she is; ... (A Florida woman whose) 40 acres is in the section where we own property, and the well in that section is on our land. ..

Government lunch menu

April 20, 2011 Boy, school lunch sure has changed since I was a kid.The Chicago Tribune reports that a principal in a Chicago school forbids her students from bringing in their own lunches.She created the policy six years ago after watching students bring in “bottles of soda and flaming hot chips” for their lunches.By mandating that her students eat school-prepared lunches, she explains, she can be sure they are drinking milk instead of Coke — that they are getting proper nutrition.In these nutty modern times, who can blame her?

Memories of the 1968 tornado

April 20, 2011 With the recent outbreak of storms across Oklahoma, Arkansas and the Southeast that killed more than 40 people, it brought back sad memories for me of the tornado that struck Oil Trough Wednesday night, May 15, 1968, that took the lives of seven people.  Most of the homes and businesses in the town were either destroyed or damaged by the storm, including the post office that was housed at that time in Pollard’s Grocery store.

Snooze control

April 20, 2011 A hastily completed study by the FAA has resulted in new operational rules for the nation’s airports, where air-traffic controllers have been falling asleep in unprecedented numbers.Effective immediately, controllers working overnight shifts will no longer be allowed to watch any portion of CBS’s “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson.Hot tubs in control tower locker rooms may be used only after all planes have landed safely.Controllers will no longer be permitted to bring to work their Snuggie blankets with sleeves, or any slippers in the shape of baby animals.