The 1961 Pioneer Web site faces change

October 22, 2009 In March of 1997, I created and launched a Web site to commemorate my 1961 Batesville High School graduating class and to provide information about my classmates.  The ’61 Pioneer Web site ( celebrated its 12th anniversary this past March.   Such “reunion” Web sites are quite common today, but 12 years is a relatively long time in “Internet years,” and there were few such sites in 1997. 

Holiday gathering

October 21, 2009 Thanksgiving is just around the corner.I can already feel the holiday stress creeping up on me with the knowledge that everyone isn’t on the same page and there is always one who puts a kink in it.It’s usually me or the youngest daughter and I’m not sure why we get the honor each year of making things tense, but let me point out that it’s not always limited to the two of us.

More on religion

October 21, 2009 Dear Editor,I want to respond to the letter that Mr. Vernon Gann wrote on 10-16-09. I totally agree with Mr. Gann’s letter. He is telling the truth about how the Muslims have acted to our troops who are over in that country trying to protect Israel. Which if you are a Christian you will know what the Bible says about protecting Israel.There are no Christians in the KKK. If they belong to the KKK then they are not true Christians.

Agree with writer

October 21, 2009 We would like to say that we appreciate Mr. Vernon Gann and his very good intentions of trying to get people to look at the TRUTH of what is going on. We know that Mr. Gann is a VERY TRUE AND SINCERE CHRISTIAN MAN and has enough intellegence to understand and realize all the truth. Some people may not have his kind of intellegence. We RESPECT AND APPRECIATE HIS OPINION.Mike & Reeba Schrair

Surprise for Dad

October 20, 2009 We shocked — not just surprised — my dad Saturday night.Many of you know that for months now, my stepmom Debbie and I have been planning a surprise birthday party in honor of my dad’s upcoming 60th birthday. It took forever just to pinpoint a date because of all the things going on this time of year, well, hunting mainly, but there’s other stuff too. His birthday is Nov. 14, but that’s opening day of gun season and if we’d held it that weekend, there’d only been about three people show up. Hunting is that important to our circle of family and friends.

Oslo’s calling

October 20, 2009 Barack Obama was president a mere 12 days before the Nobel Peace Prize nominations closed and he still won. I know, I know. “He showed early promise.” Talk about handing in an “A” paper at the beginning of the semester. Less than two weeks in office and he earns himself a Peace Prize. This guy is good. Of course, you got to remember, the potential recipient list for a Peace Prize is not what you call your deep field. Never has been. Hence: Kissinger, de Klerk and Arafat.


October 19, 2009 Response to writerDear Editor: I want to make a few comments about Mr. Vernon C. Gann’s letter published on 10-16-09.  First, let me say that I am not a fan of the Obama Administration.  While I am happy that the U.S. has moved to the point that an African-American was elected president, my preference was Alan Keyes some 10 to 15 years ago.

Get ‘away’ to Memphis

October 19, 2009 It looked like it could rain at any minute as we drove south on U.S. Highway 63 to Memphis Saturday afternoon, but that didn‘t matter. Nothing could dampen a day that involved a trip to Elvis town. Memphis is one of my favorite cities in the world to visit and I couldn’t be more fortunate that it’s only a few short hours away.

Delusions of success

October 16, 2009 How did you get where you are today?Was it skill, luck, hard work?If you’re somewhat successful, it was probably all three.But what’s it going to take to get you to the next level?Will it be more of the same? Or could some of your perceived “strengths” be holding you back?If you ask most successful people why they’ve succeeded, they’re likely to cite some of their positive character traits.