Poll: Lincoln in trouble; Beebe soars

January 22, 2010 Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown’s upset victory over Democrat Martha Coakley Tuesday night altered the national political landscape in the health care debate and could have profound repercussions for the Democratic majority in Congress, including Arkansas’ closely-watched U.S. Senate race.Brown’s win handed the GOP a 41st seat in the U.S. Senate, a milestone that whittles away a filibuster-proof majority for Democrats.  His victory will also call into question the national strategy for holding incumbent Democratic seats amidst a toxic political environment.

‘Gold at Sulphur Rock!’

January 21, 2010 It’s a pity that local schools throughout the United States don’t teach the history of their own areas. For instance, how many students in this area know about the once famous Chart Rock near Evening Shade? Or that Sulphur Rock once had a gold strike, or at least a gold rush of sorts?

The two-handed wedgie

January 20, 2010 Just when you think we got enough to worry about, along comes a big, old raging controversy over airports utilizing full-body scanning machines that can see through fliers’ clothing all the way down to our naughty bits. Let me tell you where I stand on this brouhaha: I don’t care. Haha. In the whole modesty versus safety argument, you can count on me to crawl behind the Kevlar couch with the Safety First! crowd every time.

America still struggling

January 20, 2010 In his 2005 novel, “1776,” David McCullough chronicles American colonists’ struggles against an overbearing and arrogant aristocracy hell-bent on teaching unruly American ragamuffins who was in charge.

Jimmy Turner

January 19, 2010 Jimmy Roy Turner, 67, of Floral died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in Little Rock.Born July 22, 1942, in Osceola, he was the son of Alvin and Lorine Turner. He was a veteran of the United States Navy.Survivors include his wife, Patsy Turner of Floral; two sons, Thomas Ray Wood of Floral and Jason Roy Turner of Osceola; a brother, George Turner of Manila; a sister, Joan Crafton of Nappanne, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Charles Turner.

A box full of memories

January 19, 2010 This past weekend, while Gary was taking down the last of the Christmas lights, I decided to tackle some kind of constructive project, as well. I cleaned up the scrapbook room, then I made myself clean out a box of sentimental “stuff.” Some of the items I’ve literally not seen in years and had wondered on occasion where they’d gotten to. There were also some items I had no idea I’d saved and knew immediately they could be trashed or recycled. And there were some things I know I need to send to a friend but haven’t made myself do that yet, so her “pile” is growing.

Lack of respect embarrassing

January 18, 2010 I witnessed something last week that made me feel sorry for parents across the world. In no way should any parent, let alone any non-parent, have to put up with not just a disrespectful child, but a disrespectful teenager who should know better.I admit as a teenager there were times I needed an attitude adjustment and I don’t blame my mother for feeling like ringing my neck, but that’s one good thing about getting older.

Letter to the editor

January 15, 2010 Dear Editor:During my bout with a stomach virus, a virus that affected my youngest child a week ago, a virus that has made me most appreciative of indoor plumbing, my middle child, Philip, a senior at Ouachita Baptist University, informed me that he had been asked to serve on a discussion panel at school on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

‘Ruddell Riddle’ scheduled

January 14, 2010 An event taking place in Tacoma, Wash. on Jan. 30 should be of interest to people in this area, especially descendants of the Ruddells for whom Ruddell Hill west of Batesville and Ruddell Mill were named.The “Ruddell Riddle” at the Washington State Archives building is a free event provided by the archives and state library staff to use exhibits and workshops to explore the history of the Ruddells, one of Thurston County’s (Washington) most influential pioneer families. The location is 1129 Washington St. SE, one block east of Capitol Way South.