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I woke up this morning and realized I hadn’t written my article. Yikes! I have been busy on the lake and at church, along with a visit to my friend, Eva Jean Beck, in the hospital. Then I got home for Kara and her friend to get our mover to work again. 

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I have two hummingbird feeders this year. Lately I have had to fill one of the feeders each day. Whenever the weather changes the birds drink like there is no tomorrow. It is hard to believe those little birds could drink four to six cups of sugar water each day! It is a good thing I love wa…

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Happy August birthdays to: Dana Brasel and Brock Matlock, Shelby Bradley, Joyce Breedlove, Effie, Miranda and Renee Gilmore, Samantha Heffley, Karen Hodge, Ed Kelton, Janice Lewis, Reese Reynolds, April Willis, Nola Mae Williams, Christopher Stone, Calvin Ray and Anna Turner, Miranda Tenniso…

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I have thought about Mother all day! It has been almost 16 years since she died. We installed a new pastor at our Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Rogers. I got up at six and left home at 7:15 for church. I got to church for the early service and then on to breakfast with a group. I went back…

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Hello to all our friends and family! We started out our week with exercises and fishing for fun. We have a busy schedule this week, lots of fun. 

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Compton Community Association has an important meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at the Compton School. Everyone is welcome to attend and support Compton.

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I have had a lot of memories pop up this week. In 1969, Grayson and I had purchased a house on Glenwood Street in Russellville just down the road from my first school, Sequoyah Elementary. We were watching as Apollo 11 made its trip to “drop off” the first man on the moon! I took a Polaroid …

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Watching the news about the Hurricane Barry approaching the Louisiana coast and then on up through Arkansas has been attention-grabbing to say the least. I can’t imagine living in an area where it is flooded often. Twice is often to me. Looking at the water the people are walking through mak…

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Growing up in Jasper, I never thought we would ever need an emergency plan to deal with the events of the world. My church has developed plans with the other churches in Rogers and neighboring cities to keep our citizens safe. The first of the series was to let members of the church know wha…

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Hello, to all our friends and family! We had a great turnout for our annual Independence Day Celebration. We would like to thank everyone who came out and joined our fun. Thanks Billy Bower and all who joined him singing for our celebration. Thanks to Tommy Roland and Joe Kenney for the beau…

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According to the calendar, the first of summer was June 21. Thunderstorms and 80 degree temperatures are extra proof of that date being correct. The weekend rain was peaceful here and thunder has a better sound in the summertime.

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Thunder, lightning, wind, and rain, rain, rain! My rain gauge showed three inches. The lake has filled up and the dam has been opened to release some of the water. Living on the lake has been interesting. The news shared the destruction all over the state where water and high winds hit. The …

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We have had a good week. It had been so wet, we had to replant our garden. We got a small shower of rain today, and that will help it. A lot of farmers were cutting hay while the sun was shining.

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This past week I spent with friends at Jasper. Mavis, Clint, and Trevor Waggoner, June Staggs, Samantha Martin and I met at the Henderson Farm on the Little Buffalo River for a time to enjoy the beautiful days of summer. We couldn’t have chosen a better week since there was no rain and the t…

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I had an unusual Sunday morning last week. I normally go to early church and leave home by 7:15 a.m. but I didn’t have to leave until later because we are getting a new pastor and we were to meet him and his wife between services. Pastor Eric Longman from Jackson, Missouri, was voted in by t…

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Happy June birthdays to: Doyle Carney and his daughter Rachel, Alan Davis, Cathy Daniels, James Heffley and Katilyn Courser, Steve Isley, Britney Little, Ronnie and Wayne King, Jesse Martin, Nicole Martin, Amy Matlock, Tachia McCutcheon, Roger Ogden, Troy Plumlee, Shelia Reynolds, Rachel Roc…

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I just can’t imagine what the lives of the families on the Arkansas River is like. The damage done to the homes and the farms is astronomical and it will take time to get back into the homes. The navigation of the Arkansas River to move produce has stopped with a huge loss of money and suppl…

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Since so many of the class of 1964, live in and around Jasper, I wanted to share about June Jenks Staggs' husband's funeral service. As I walked to the door of the Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, a man was holding the door for me. I looked and realized it was Richard Brasel …

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Hello to all our friends and family! We started out our week with Outdoor Games and Balloon Toss. We got a lot of fun stuff going on the rest of our week! Birthday Party, Super bingo and Bean Auction on Friday. Billy Bower coming in to sing. Bible Study's with Ruth Steward and Joe Sain.

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We sure are having a lot of rain at our house. We aren't getting much garden planted.

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End of the school year things are plenty! School field trips are scheduled for the last weeks of the year and fun activities at the school are planned and executed. My fourth grade grandchild along with her school had a fire truck come and spray water into the air. The kids wore their swimsu…

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Being from a large family makes ages between cousins wide. Daddy was the eighth child of ten and he married when he was 26. That means he had children many years later than his brothers and sister. In fact, my sister and brother, Jane and John David were the last two grandchildren born to th…

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Hello, to everyone. I have not written my news in a while. There's been so much going on. It's been a bad week for our family. We lost our precious family member Garnet. He had a long battle with his sickness, but he's at rest now. I'll miss his calls. He called me every day while he was able.

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Happy May birthdays to: Laura Carney, Lyndsey carney Berry and Dequita and Brandy Williams. Happy birthday to Randal and Donovan Davis, Billy PaulMatlock and Julie Villines, Yolanda Martin. Donna Adams and Donna Dodson Rocole, Loreshia Heffley, Susie and Rocky Martin. If our Mom, Ruby Thomas…

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Every time I go home to Newton County I realize why I love going there. It is the people! When I get to Union Hill I find so many people who know me and my family and I mean my family! They know my grandparents, my Uncles and Aunts, my friends, etc. So many of them are buried in the cemetery…

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Sixteen years ago this past week we were all hanging around the birthing center near Fayetteville. Mary Margaret Grace Harris was born on a stormy April day. She was named after her great Aunt Mary Whelchel, Great Grandma Margaret Phillips, and her Great Grandma Grace Whelchel. I remember ho…

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When I read the article about the butterflies who are welcome in Jasper, it made me remember when I was teaching first grade in Springdale. We decided to raise butterflies so we purchased a kit. It had a netting type cage for the butterflies to be hatched in. We watched every day for any cha…

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One day I realized I had been a Whelchel more years than I had been a Phillips. I was 20 when I married Grayson and we were married for 28 years and I didn’t remarry for 13 years. So I was a Whelchel for 41 years. I taught school for 39 years and I was a Whelchel for 36 of those years. I was…

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Happy April birthdays to: Lisa Adams, Johnathon Brown, Isabelle Serene Daniels, Miranda & Derek Davis, Virginia and Gina Hirayama, Tina James, crystal King, Lori Lager, Craig Martin, Lunnie Smith, Brad Taylor, Kathy Young, Teresa Lewis Griffin, Edith Edgmon, Kelly and Wesley Davis, Earle…

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I have been watching the jonquils blooming out and then the cold lays them down. Then the sun shines on them and there is hope they will be able to show off again. In some cases it works and in others not. All this freezing weather doesn’t make us feel good about fruit trees especially those…

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Hello again, family and friends in and from Newton County. It is with a heavy heart that I report the death of my brother, Roy Collins.

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WoodmenLife’s “America Is…” Video Contest launches today and gives schools an opportunity to win great prizes and showcase their amazing students.

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My sister, Jane Shipman, and I were talking about her trip back from Gulf Shores. She was seeing many flowers blooming. The redbud, sarvis, and dogwood trees were already popping out, too. That makes me realize it won’t be long before we are seeing color in our trees. I did see on the Buffal…

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Hello friends and Family! We started out our Monday with Open Arm Ministry. We will be playing some Green Bingo this afternoon. Along with all our regular activities, Quilting and some Crocheting. 

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It is days like today that make me think spring is almost here. Everyone will be heading to the stores to purchase seeds and seedlings to plant. Mother used to laugh at how much we spend on those first plants and then have to replant after the weather turns cold again. Patience is pretty imp…

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Hello friends and family. We started out our week with Tallyoop, and Billy Bower singing. The Residents dearly loves him coming and singing. Thank you Billy for blessing our residents.

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This past week I got an email about the death of one of my friends whom I worked with at Lee Elementary.  Mark Newman and I were “special” teachers, which means that we taught classes that supported the regular classrooms.  His classes were designed for students with learning disabilities an…

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Happy March Birthdays to: Brett Davis, Lequita Davis, Eugene Davis. Dennis Brasel. Clayton Heffley. Connie Heydenrich, Bill Morphis, Susan Morris, Kendria Tennison, Bobby and Jason Reynolds, Kassie Eddings, Jordan Smith, Debbie Sams, Ruth Sexton, Larry Williams, and March is my birthday mont…

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The article about Jimmy Driftwood in “Gone, but not forgotten,” made me think about the time I lived in Mountain View and taught in the middle school. I was one of three sponsors of the sixth grade class. Mrs. Zondra Ramey, Mrs. Debbie Thomas and I worked with the 80 or so students on projec…

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I have some friends who are moving into town and are having to get rid of items they have saved for years. They had bought and sold items at auctions for years, etc. They had a large number of Barbie dolls on hand. My granddaughter, Samantha has been the big winner of a number of the dolls. …

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Happy February birthdays to: Sarah Adams, Wanda and Virginia Lynn Basinger, Donna Carney, Lorene Clayborn, Charlie and laken Curtis, Darrell, Eugene, Judy and Vanessa Davis, Sarah Westbrook and her son Dakota Harris, Joyce Henderson, Glenda Ledbetter, our precious twins Zac and Zeb Martin wi…

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Hello friends and family! We have already started out a new week. Wanted to make a correction, it was the Deer Baptist Church, who donated the Mary Kay lotion and gloves for Christmas. Thanks for your gift. Thanks to Jasper Church of Christ for their Christmas donation, and Mary Lou from the…

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I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year weekend and a merry Christmas.

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I was watching Price is Right the other day and Drew Carrie got tickled with a man’s laugh. He commented that he really liked the laugh. That made me think of my first years of teaching. I taught in Russellville at Sequoyah Elementary. One day after a few months of teaching something happene…

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Last week: When I open my computer it brings up beautiful scenes from all over the world. Sometimes there are pictures of animals or birds to enjoy. Today I found a bird I recognized from one of my trips to Guatemala. In fact, it is the national bird and is on their money. It is found in Cos…

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I recently got a message from my friend, June Jenks Staggs, about an article in the Jan. 7, NWA Democrat Gazette. When we were high school students, June had written a paper about the almost extinct whooping crane so this article caught her eye. The paper had an article on “The Wanderer” whi…