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Friends welcome gifted young singer

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist A Sunday evening concert by one of our own is an event worth talking about. The very talented young Markus Beam may have sung his way across Europe but Sunday he was at home with family and friends. And they let him know it by the…

Our View — Taking our job very seriously

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Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom … of the press …. Excerpting these words from the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is not intended to diminish the importance of its other provisions, but to highlight the value our Founders placed on the unique and vital role…

Keep wondering in your spare time

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KATHRYN YARBRO I am getting some calls and many comments about my columns. I am pleased that many people are reading my work. I know why my columns are so popular. It’s not that I am writing great involved novels of peace and war; it’s that my fans can relate…

Reader’s Forum — 10-3-12

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Thanks for Apple Festival teamwork According to Knute Rockne, legendary football coach at Notre Dame, “ the secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team. As a coach, I play not my 11 best, but my best 11.” Teamwork highlighted in this quote took on special…

Funny things that we used to say

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CHARLES EUREY Guest columnist I recently wrote about some of the “old timey” words that were once a part of our everyday conversations, and I would like to continue in that train of thought a bit further. Gobbledegook: “Everything he told us about the used car we were looking at…

The quest for human-interest stories

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor “We need to get more human-interest stories in the paper.” Newspaper editors hear that one frequently. The exact words may vary a little: “I’ve got some good news for you to print in the paper for a change.” A lot of people who come to the…

Folk remedy might bring some relief

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist It had to happen. The first signs of a changing season I come down with the dreaded fall cold. Aching bones, watering eyes, and hollow coughs. Can’t lie down and don’t want to sit up. The best I can say about it is that it will…

Bridging the divide on voter ID laws

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor One of the hottest issues of disagreement this political season is the wave of new laws and proposals in several states, requiring anyone casting a vote to show photo identification. I’ve been dismayed more than ever during this political season by just how polarized people’s views…

Apple Festival: A good day for all

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KATHRYN YARBRO Guest columnist What a day! What a way to spend the Apple Festival. Especially for someone who cannot walk very well. All morning and afternoon friends came and visited on the Elmore front porch. I have always enjoyed the festival usually walking all along the route before the…

Reader’s Forum — 9-19-12

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Thanks for making Apple Festival happen Another year has come and gone and all who enjoyed the Apple Festival, including myself, owe a big thank you to all those people involved in the planning and then putting the plan into action on Apple Festival Saturday. This is a tremendous undertaking…