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Outdoor concerts and child do not mix well

July 22, 2014

By Ronna Pennington —

I learned something new this weekend: my daughter and outdoor concerts don’t quite mix.
I thought if anything, it would be the gnats or other flying creatures that would bother her most about sitting outdoors for a few hours. As it turns out, I was at least partly right. We went to Magic Springs Saturday night to hear one of her favorite Disney performers in concert.

63 chromosomes and full of sass

July 17, 2014

By Gretchen Ritchey

I remember as a child my grandfather, Myrtic Ashley, plowing his garden using a mule.

Grandson of slave becomes magazine publisher, makes the Forbes 400, receives freedom medal

June 14, 2014

By Dr. Ken Bridges
“Failure is a word I simply don’t accept,” said John Harold Johnson in an interview once. He faced obstacles and controversy his entire life, but the Arkansas native rose from deep poverty to becoming one of the most successful businessmen in the world, and in the process, giving a voice to a community eager to be heard.

Inspired by Angelou

May 30, 2014

I’ll never be a Maya Angelou. I believe if you talk to most people who become journalists or writers, they will say they realized their serious love for writing in about fifth or sixth grade. At Smith Elementary, it was sixth grade for me — when we read “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” in Mr. Brook’s literature class.
It was too deep for me to grasp at the time, but I was most impressed with the fact that I was studying something in school that a woman from Arkansas had written. I couldn’t understand her struggle or her pain, so her triumphs were lost on me.

Hi-Ho Silver! Away!

July 18, 2013

By Gretchen Ritchey, staff writer —

“The Lone Ranger” fell to “Despicable Me 2” in its opening weekend, although I’m not sure why.

A big pup named Izzy

May 24, 2013

Welcoming a new puppy onto the farm can sometimes be difficult.
I acquired a Great Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd mix female puppy a few weeks back. Yes, she’s going to be a very large dog if her size at nine weeks is any indication.
I gave her the name Izzy. Not sure why I decided on Izzy, but it sounded good and was easy to speak. I call her “Iz” for short when she’s being a cute and cuddly puppy.

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For the three largest classifications in the state, the championship matchups are set. For the...
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