• Remembering the excitement of trip to town in days of old

    On Saturday, Oct. 12, as my wife Debra and I cruised down the main street of Batesville, Arkansas, it was as if we had stepped back in time. The parking spaces were full. We saw friends and family walking down the streets laughing, talking and …

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  • Don’t need to leave country to find adventure

    “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” “I don’t much care where –” “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.” —Lewis Carroll, “Alice in Wonderland”   …

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  • Some of the perils of nasty ‘netiquette’

    Editor note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” available at amazon.com.   Boy, is technology making us ruder. I read with great delight a Wall Street Journal story about a couple …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear editor: In response to (last week’s) letter regarding chemotherapy, radiation and a cancer cure. All a person needs to do is read G. Edward Griffin’s book, “World Without Cancer, the Story of Vitamin B17,” to understand that Big Pharm and FDA will never release …

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  • Christmastime’s a’coming … and still no wreath

    Almost a year later and I have to wonder what I was thinking when the days following Christmas I thought I’d get crafty and buy tons of Christmas ornament balls to make a vintage-inspired bauble wreath. I blame it on Pinterest, which is like the …

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  • 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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