• Roman Blessinger

    CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Roman T. Blessinger, 90, of Cherokee Village, formerly of Jasper, Ind., died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in a Salem hospital. Born June 25, 1922, in Jasper, he was the son of Edwin O. and Veronica Vogler Blessinger. He worked in furniture manufacturing …

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  • Susan Ann Mitchell – Paid Obituary

    Susan Ann Mitchell, 71, of Searcy died Thursday, December 27, 2012, at White County Medical Center. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on August 22, 1941, to Arthur Schmidthans and Mary Gertrude (Jelenc) Schmidthans. She enjoyed spending time and watching old movies with her husband. …

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  • Bob. G. Stobaugh Sr. – Paid Obituary

    Bob G. Stobaugh Sr., 72, of Batesville died Sunday, December 30, 2012, in Batesville. He was born in Bragg City, Missouri, on December 25, 1940, and was the son of C. Lindell Stobaugh and Betty Jewel Oliger Stobaugh. He completed high school at Risco, Missouri, …

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  • Putin’s politics stink

    Politics really stink sometimes — particularly when innocent children get the losing end of the stick. Vladimir Putin elevated himself to one of the biggest jerky politicians on the planet, in my opinion, when he signed a law banning Americans from adopting Russian children, in …

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  • Letter to the Editor

    No ‘Happy Holiday’ on the calendar Dear editor: We have many holidays during the year, including Christmas Day. How many do we address as “Happy Holiday”? None, right? So why are some nuts trying to change “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays”? Our calendar says: New …

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  • America the Mostly Beautiful

    Note: In the fall of 2010, as part of a book project, ex-newspaperman Bill Steigerwald retraced the route John Steinbeck took in 1960 and turned into his classic “Travels With Charley.” Steigerwald drove 11,276 miles in 43 days from Long Island to the top of …

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  • Afghan violence falls in 2012, insider attacks up

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Violence in Afghanistan fell in 2012, but more Afghan troops and police who now shoulder most of the combat were killed, according to statistics compiled by The Associated Press. At the same time, insider killings by uniformed Afghans against their foreign allies …

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  • A surprisingly good vintage as market logs gains

    NEW YORK — If you’d told investors what was going to happen in 2012 — U.S. economic growth at stall speed, an intensifying European debt crisis, a slowdown in China, fiscal deadlock in Washington, decelerating corporate earnings growth — and asked how the stock market …

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  • List: No love for ‘fiscal cliff,’ ‘spoiler alert’

    DETROIT — Spoiler alert: This story contains words and phrases that some people want to ban from the English language. “Spoiler alert” is among them. So are “kick the can down the road,” “trending” and “bucket list.” A dirty dozen have landed on the 38th …

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  • State title teams, impressive run at another tops news

    Topping the sports news on the Guard pages in 2012, three circulation area high school teams won state titles and another came up a little short after making an impressive run at a state title. Not many were surprised that the Midland Mustangs won the …

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  • NFL coaches get pink slips at season’s end

    Andy Reid is the winningest coach in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles. Lovie Smith led the Chicago Bears to the 2007 Super Bowl. Now they’re looking for work. Seven coaches and five general managers were fired Monday in a flurry of pink slips that …

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  • Another late-season flop for the Cowboys

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo sat alone on the Dallas bench, his stare frozen at the ground on a cold night in Washington. Any number of things could have been going through the mind of the Cowboys quarterback in the final minutes of a …

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