• 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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  • Community newspapers: Showing the importance of a good story

    I learned about the importance of telling a good story — something your publications try to do each and every day — from a Tennessean who was a dear friend of mine. His name was Alex Haley and he became famous for telling stories, in …

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  • Granddaughters keeping score

    Last week my son called to tell me my oldest granddaughter wanted to read me something she had written. I listened as she read her “How Tornadoes Happen” story, sounding rather prim and proper for a second-grader. Long, long ago it was a rainy day …

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  • Some donations create a hairy situation

    You know how most women seem rarely to be happy with their hair? Well, I reckon I fall into that category. I was born with thick, wavy hair, but if I don’t get it thinned out regularly, it weighs down my whole head and makes …

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  • The cornerstone of democracy

    We’ve been calling it the end of an era for a long time now. It’s supposed to be the end of newspapers, according to naysayers who have been predicting their ultimate demise for years. But the facts prove the newspaper industry is growing and transforming …

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  • Quitting Facebook

    It started out innocently enough — a way to re-connect with old friends, and keep in touch with current ones. Then, there were the marketing aspects. Here was an online place everyone was sure to frequent. I could show them my photography, my digital art …

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  • Your community, your newspaper, your life

    As newspaper executives struggle over whether the news should be digital first, tablet first, SMS first or print first, readers know exactly what they want their local newspaper to be — community first. Reading a newspaper is not like reading a novel, a magazine, a …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Thoughts about chemotherapy Dear editor: Chemo — Cure for cancer or money making scam? Everyone who has had a loved one that has been treated with chemo eventually asks this question. Chemo does kill cancer cells. Unfortunately it also kills healthy cells, too! A fact that is …

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  • Disappointed by ‘Dallas’ downer

    I am utterly disappointed. Over the last 18 months Luke and I have been watching the original “Dallas” TV series and since that time I’ve written a column or two about my thoughts on the hit show that captured audiences in the 1980s. Last week …

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  • In 1783, British attacked Arkansas Post

    The American Revolutionary War was mostly fought in colonies along the eastern sea coast. However, in a strange turn of events, the war spilled into Arkansas on April 17, 1783. Arkansas and vast territories west of the Mississippi River were under Spanish rule at the …

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