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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Midterm elections are over and the mayor of Gillham, with council members are, Lester Overturf mayor, aldermen Janie Coe, Lewis Newberry, Karen Russell, Barbara Smith and Judy Smith.

Friday, November 09, 2018

I have studied the works of the great Mississippi writer, William Faulkner, in depth for a long time. One statement he made has perplexed me all along. He said there is no such thing as “was.” He explained that if “was” existed, there would be no cause for grief or sorrow. He meant that we w…

There a few updates this week from the Capitol.  Budget as hearings continue. A new revenue report was released.  We have new recommendations for funding education. And there are several important dates ahead leading to the next legislative session.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Janie Whisenhunt secretary and bookkeeper for the city of Gillham informed me the city of Gillham Park gates are now open. There is no playground equipment but the tennis courts are accessible for use. She stated the city council voted to purchased Christmas decorations for the city streets …

Monday, October 22, 2018

Several folks have noticed that the Gillham News has been absent from The De Queen Bee newspaper. I have volunteered to give it a go until Dianne Rosson decides she is able to take up her journalist skills again.

I woke up this morning to a beautiful sunny day and to the sound of a lawnmower humming in my front yard. In a few minutes I could smell the odor of fresh cut grass. I knew it would have to be my brother-in-law who faithfully keeps my yard looking great, for which I am grateful. I got up and…

The wise old man came for Sunday lunch at the Tavern. He is as thin as a wafer but eats like a Sumo wrestler. He exploited the buffet with gusto. “You must have been hungry,” I observed. “I noticed that myself,” he replied with a chuckle. After lunch, we rocked on the front porch and talked …

Friday, October 12, 2018

On Oct. 16, legislators will begin meeting at the Capitol to review budget needs for the next fiscal year. Budget hearings are expected to continue through the middle of November. During that time, members will review budget requests from boards, commissions, and state agencies.

Regular readers of this column have noticed that I seldom write about political matters. But I would like to weigh in on the recent hearings because they captured the country’s attention and revealed some severely sharp differences of opinion, conviction and worldview. Also, I kept seeing “D…

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018

There were two emergencies in the Cliffs last week, but they were both solved without injuries. The emergency team was needed for one and the deputy sheriff was needed for the second one. We are fortunate enough to have both services in the area that are able to respond. That is a great reli…

During my time in graduate school at Auburn University, an entomologist and his wife lived in the apartment next door to my wife and me. The bug man and I became car-washing buddies one Sunday afternoon. We developed a friendship and remained close buddies throughout grad school and afterwar…

Thursday, September 13, 2018
Friday, September 07, 2018

Sevier County and the City of De Queen received several questions about the CodeRED mass notification system and why it did not send a message when it was expected.

Don’t you just love those rare instances in which what seems to be a curse turns out to be a blessing? I have only had a few of those in my life. One of them happened at Auburn University half a century ago.

Arkansas has a great deal to celebrate this Labor Day.  Our unemployment level now stands at 3.7 percent.  The national level is 3.9 percent. The state’s unemployment rate has been at or below 4 percent since March of this year.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Sinjun was a lively and smart half German Shepherd and half Labrador puppy. My father-in-law offered him to us shortly after I started teaching at Southern State College in 1971. We lived in faculty housing at first, which was not a good place to have a dog. As Sinjun grew, he became a handf…

Thursday, August 23, 2018

You know, sometimes people can be more honest than they intend to be. I heard a story a long time ago that illustrates that fact. A man was hiding something from his wife, but his secrecy backfired on him.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Amanda Wingfield of Tennessee Williams’ great play, The Glass Menagerie, worries that her son Tom will follow in the footsteps of her estranged husband. Mr. Wingfield worked for the telephone company and fell in love with long distance, as she put it. 

Thursday, August 09, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Educators and traffic safety officials have expanded their annual campaign to alert motorists that students are returning to school, so everyone should be more careful driving because children are again getting on and off school buses every day.

As you know, an oxymoron is a rhetorical device involving the juxtaposition of contradictory terms, such as “jumbo shrimp,” “act natural” or “deafening silence.” There is often humor in an oxymoron. For example, the word “sophomore” contains an oxymoron within itself as it combines the Greek…

Friday, August 03, 2018

Harmony had a packed weekend of praise music.  They played at the Rafter J Cowboy Church in Hope and at Kern Heights Baptist Church in De Queen. With all of that going on, Mrs. Betty Golden turns the wonderfully young age of 89.  

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Bobby Joe, a blue heeler mix, was the first dog I loved. He was as good with little humans as he was at rabbit hunting. We spent a lot of time hanging out together. He liked to put his head on my chest when I watched the clouds. Once when my big brother Stanley and Bobby Joe were out hunting…