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Duelm is a quaint, unincorporated community in Benton County known for its beloved church, rich agricultural history, family-owned restaurant, small park with baseball and softball diamonds, a few …

Celebrating funny

The not-too-stiff-necked controversy of whether or not the town’s summer parade should proceed on the street parallel to the local nursing home calls for a quick review: the necessity of …

Bittersweet snapshots

I’ve purged my storage closet of six boxes of saved memorabilia — childhood art projects, worksheets, toys and stuffed animals from my childhood along with that of our sons. Throughout, …

Happily unsatisfied

If life is anything, it’s complicated. Sometimes, we would give anything to have a moment alone to relax. Isolation for too long, however, is the basis of solitary confinement — a …

Who are the chosen people?

If someone is privileged to witness for many years the good and the bad of human instincts and is asked to judge the value of some of the most significant changes that occurred in the past century …

Lessons from the lunchroom

Having dined at Foley High School more than once, I can confidently say students here are fortunate to indulge in meals far beyond my previous standards for school lunches. The FHS menu contains …

Studying the clouds

The peculiar and unexpected weather that has marked much of America for the past months has given way to rising suspicions and worry. After all, absolute predictions of the force of interacting …

Hope

Hope is a powerful human emotion. People have written and talked about hope for thousands of years. The Apostle Paul wrote about hope often in his letters to Christian congregations suffering through …

Hitting the jackpot

A group of 30 teachers and school staff from Kentucky recently contributed to a $2 Powerball ticket that earned them a combined $1 million in late January. The coworkers and retired employees …

Memories of past Easters

Easter is certainly not shunted aside like Arbor Day — a day once dedicated to planting trees — or Patriots’ Day — once an American celebration on the third Monday in April …

The United States Department of Agriculture announced that agricultural producers and private landowners can sign up for the General Conservation Reserve Program through March 29.   On Nov. …

Farm vacations

Spring break just ended for one of the school districts in the area, so that meant I’m back to work. Though we didn’t venture far from the farm this time, I took time to remember a few of …

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