• Letter to the editor

    One man’s trash is another’s treasure Dear editor: Hello. My name is Jeffery Pender. In response to the letter from Mr. McGuffey in Friday’s paper about the online sale sites, I agree that some of the stuff on some of the sites should be thrown …

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  • 2013 State of the City address

    Tonight I come before you to deliver my State of the City address. 2012 saw its share of challenges for our city but the successes continued moving our community forward. First and foremost, your city operated within its budget constraints and its financial condition is …

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  • In search of the silver lining

    The best thing about getting older is maybe getting a wee bit wiser. If nothing else many of us who have managed to survive to mid-life have an appreciation for each day even if it doesn’t turn out the best and we are faced with …

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  • Are things piling up?

    Have you ever realized how things seem to simply pile up? I have just endured about 4 1/2 weeks of reducing these piles, sheet by sheet, stack by stack, and at times it felt like word by word — junk mail, business letters, tax paperwork, …

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  • Competing with confidence

    Our high school wrestling team was gathering to board the bus when Coach came out of his office. He walked over to me. “Howard, Hardy has the flu. You’re replacing him on varsity tonight.” I felt a rush of adrenaline. I was a freshman, and …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Department of Health anniversary To the Editor: Feb. 25, 2013 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). Over the last 100 years, public health advancements including disease control, immunizations, maternal and child health, sanitation, and safer food and drinking water, have …

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  • Ideas from the Flower and Garden Show

    It was another great year at the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, held last weekend in Little Rock. As usual, I was accompanied on my work trip by Mary Jo Shivey and a few other friends who met us there. The show always has tons …

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  • Facebook fatigue

    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.   I’m turning into my father. My father was born in 1933. He was a paperboy in the days when …

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  • Why you shouldn’t tell your boss everything

    A family friend who worked at the White House said that one of the biggest challenges is deciding what to tell and what not to tell the President. There aren’t enough hours in the day to brief the boss on everything. You have to figure …

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  • Getting older, bruises stick around

    Suddenly I was in elementary school on the playground again, the only difference being I’m 29 and not in school and this wasn’t the playground but a concrete driveway and a near two-foot-tall wall/step at night in Newport. I can’t count the many times I …

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  • Publisher owned first ‘pay’ library

    William E. Woodruff (1795-1885) is best known as the founder of Arkansas’ first newspaper, the Arkansas Gazette, in 1821. However, he is also credited with opening the first “lease/purchase” library in Little Rock in 1826. His first attempt to “rent” books apparently failed. Woodruff sold …

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  • A dream I didn’t know I wanted

    For Valentine’s Day I got probably the best gift I have ever received and it was from my oldest daughter Shay — my very own website, donettasterling.com. She told me about a week prior she had a surprise for me but I had actually forgotten …

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