• Cutting down on food waste

    When we were children, our mothers told us to eat all the food on our plates because it was good for us and bad to throw it out. Today, professionals who manage the disposal of our garbage say there are direct consequences of not cleaning …

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  • I got my flu shot — and didn’t even have to leave work

    I got my flu shot Monday. The Independence County Health Unit came to the Batesville Daily Guard office and gave a vaccine to everyone who wanted one. We didn’t have to drive to the fire station, Pleasant Plains or Oil Trough. We didn’t have to …

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  • Math professor remembers initiation at pudding throw

    “OK,” our department chairman said as the department meeting wound down. “One last item of business. We need someone to go and support our math club at the Halloween Carnival.” I was the newest member of the department, the first addition in a long time. …

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  • The eye of a needle

    You know me, I don’t like to get political, but once every blue moon something comes up that I find hard to ignore. This presidential election thing seems to have sparked a whole conversation having to do with whether it’s better for us, as a …

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  • Fall has its own smell

    Ah, the smell of fall is in the air! My favorite fall smell (I’m not from a big city/college, so I don’t do aroma things) is wood smoke from fireplaces and campfires. All the fireplaces in my home are gas powered, but someone in my …

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  • RIP Alex Karras

    Alex Karras, the former Detroit Lions All-Pro defensive tackle and later a successful actor, died on Oct. 10. I have vivid memories of him before he ever gained immortality as “Mongo” in “Blazing Saddles” or as the dad of “Webster.” Karras was a star on …

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  • Spooked economy? Not at Halloween

    I have to agree with someone else who said it. When people wait in line for hours and days outside a store for the release of the next Apple product like the iPhone 5 or are expected to spend millions to dress their pets for …

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  • Buffalo herds roamed Oil Trough

    The late historian Ernie Deane wrote, “The name Oil Trough is one that arouses much curiosity.” It is always near the top of “unusual” place names in America. When Sallie Stockard wrote a history of this region in 1904, she interviewed elderly residents who had …

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  • More social than political

    The closer it gets to election, the more we are bombarded by news stories, ads, mailers, TV commercials and most of all (it seems) our social-networking sites. My main social-networking site is Facebook, although I love Pinterest, occasionally tweet and at one time had a …

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  • How to become an abused woman

    It all starts so innocently. First you meet what you think is the man of your dreams. His world revolves around you. What can he do for you? How can he make you happy? He tells you that you are the smartest, most beautiful woman …

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  • Debate: Illegal or ‘undocumented’ immigrants?

    Fifteen years ago, I embarked on an independent, personal mission to lift mainstream media immigration reporting up to the standards journalists set for themselves. By 1995, I had been a professional journalist for more than a decade. Immigration reporters’ utter failure to adhere to their …

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  • Recalling good times, George Carter

    George Carter was a heckuva bass fisherman. So good, in fact, that shortly after I went to work at this newspaper more than 30 years ago and was writing a weekly outdoors column, I had George in mind when I called the Bass Anglers Sportsman’s …

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