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Enjoying weather like we have lately makes me know I do love mild winters. I am one of those people who wonders what is going to happen next. Surely we are going to have winter weather soon and surely it will be harsh. The only thing about us having warm weather there are many states having …

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Happy New Year, friends and neighbors! It's 2020! Blessed we are for another opportunity to live life with a new start. Some have made their New Years resolutions, but mine are to enjoy each day that the good Lord grants me.

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As I have said before I have watched all the days of the Impeachment, listened to what each person has said and seen how some people acted pretty much like my fifth grade students when they didn’t get their way. I am ashamed of the way the Republicans have not done their research and used th…

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Happy December birthdays to: Sherl Breedlove, Wynona Brown, our neice, Chris Clark, Marsha Clayborn, Kim Davis, Karen Edgmon, Pam Emmerson, Isiah, Kaiden and Travis Heffley, Vernie Heydenrich, Darrell Little, Hayden Martin, Renita Plumlee, Justin Reynolds, Don Simpkins, Rachel Stone, John an…

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If I didn’t do crazy things and laugh at myself I would not have much fun! This morning I sat down and had breakfast and drank a cup of coffee that tasted so good. A little while later I decided to have another cup of coffee. I had gotten up at four again for no good reason except I was just…

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As I taught school for thirty-nine years I always tried to teach my students to be good citizens and leave our planet, our country, our state and community in better shape than they found it. Watching the Impeachment proceedings I am thinking about our Constitution and how so many people are…

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Last week: “If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth …” Sounded like a whole bunch of clouds emptied themselves over Gaither Mountain last week.

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Last week: Hello friends and family. lots of good fun on the calendar. From silly sayings to dine out at Blue Mountain Bakery. Thanks to all who donate, Pat Villines, candy; James Jones, money for c,ndy, John Jr. and John III James-candy, Worry Buddies, little stuffed animals. Thanks for all…

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I have had my internet stop due to the storm that went through northwest Arkansas last week. I have not been able to use the wifi to send email or check on my Facebook or even to comment on anything.That has developed into a visit to Best Buy to get the Geek Squad to work on my computer beca…

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Last week: Hello friends and family. lots of good fun on the calendar. From silly sayings to dine out at Blue Mountain Bakery. Thanks to all who donate, Pat Villines-candy, James Jones-Money for Candy, John Jr. and John III James-candy, Worry Buddies-Little stuffed animals. Thanks for all yo…

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Last week: Quoting, Dennis the Menace from Friday’s funny paper, “When the weather starts to getting colder, the trees start to shiver and that’s when the leaves start to fall.” That is as good an explanation for the leaves falling as I have heard. Pretty cute but we are looking at fall and …

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“If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth …” Sounded like a whole bunch of clouds emptied themselves over Gaither Mountain last week.

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Hello friends and family. Lots of good fun on this week's calendar. From silly sayings to dine out at Blue Mountain Bakery. Thanks to all who donate, Pat Villines-candy, James Jones-Money for Candy, John Jr. and John III James-candy, Worry Buddies-Little stuffed animals. Thanks for all your …

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I feel like I have been around the world and back this weekend. Friday, my sister, Jackie, and I drove to Jasper where we met Jane and Patty and Bob for the Jasper Reunion. When I walked in expecting very few of my classmates this year, I was excited to see Mavis Upton Waggoner, then turned …

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Hello friends and family! We started out this week with wheel chair racing, and reminiscing some good old days. Last week we enjoyed a trip shopping, Cup stack even one of our CNA's done the cup song for us, that got them going, lots of laughter. We also had a marshmallow transfer, harder th…

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My husband, Carl, and I have have been having health problems lately and I haven't been able to write the news.

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Hello to all our friends and family! Fall is here, coming soon is Halloween, we are now taking candy donations for our annual Halloween Trick or Treat. Please any donations need to be individually wrapped. We appreciate all your donations. The children as well as the Residents enjoy this tim…

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The Compton Community Association will have another big supper about 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Compton school. Anyone is invited to enjoyed grilled hamburgers and visit with everyone.

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While reading the paper I found a great article about the “Surprising health benefits of watermelon.” I love watermelon and was excited to learn that it has many powerful antioxidants. I have been known to pay for my love of watermelon by eating too much too near bedtime. It is amazing how m…

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I had this wild urge to go to Jasper this weekend.  I had read there was going to be hot air balloons in Harrison on Saturday and I was hoping there might be some balloons still in Harrison on Sunday.  I drove through Harrison and saw no signs of the balloons anywhere.  I have that problem o…

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Since I haven't written in a while, I thought my cousins, Jimmy Murray and Juin Robinson might think I had broke another arm. Not yet. You never know when I will. Hope you are both doing okay. I had company last week. They came Sunday went home Thursday. They live in Missouri. I had never me…

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Happy September birthdays to: Kyle Adams, Joan Brown, Jennifer Brasel, My dear friend Jean Brasel, James and Terry Carney, Missy Clayborn, Lauren Cannon, Leslie Daniels, Ricky Lynn, Tommy, Donnie, and Brent Davis, Kay Davis, Leah Davenport, Buck Dahlstrom, Fawn Kurtzo, Breilynn Heffley, Emil…

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The Newton County Fairgrounds have been a busy place this week since it is fair time. Some of the activities are the Wood Motor Truck Pull, livestock shows, John Villines Bull Jam, mutton bustin’, rodeo and all the usual fair time festivities. The theme of this year’s fair parade is Country …

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A great number of people in Benton County were without electricity for two to three days due to the storm that went through Northwest Arkansas. August has had record breaking rainfall this year. As a background of farmer life, I wonder what fall and winter holds for us. Now Hurricane Dorian …

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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.