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Saturday, June 27, 2015
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Support for Sportsplex must continue
The Blytheville Baseball Softball Boosters Cal Ripken and youth softball seasons are coming to a close but action at the Blytheville Youth Sportsplex will continue throughout the Summer months. American Legion baseball will continue through July and in just a couple of weeks, the Sportsplex will have the attention of a large chunk of the nation as Blytheville will be the home of the Cal Ripken 12U Regional Tournament...
Violence in Blytheville must end
Two murders, one day. Four other shootings -- in a five-day period -- that led to victims being rushed to the hospital. There have been six homicides this year, including four since the middle of May: 21-year-old Raymond Smith on May 12; 17-year-old Dewaun Miller on May 18; and 22-year-old Vincent Stone and 20-year-old Kennon Daniels both on Monday. Rodney Lutes, 54, was shot to death in March, and Lawless Kennedy, 49, was killed in April...

Community members must take action to stop violence
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With a sad heart, troubled mind, shaken soul and humble spirit I'm dealing with the death of a friend's son and another young gun-shot victim from our community, who is currently recuperating...
The Great American Melting Pot and the right to offend
Current political climate and public behavior teaches that he/she who shouts loudest will eventually win. The art of compromise and community is an antiquated concept, only found in high-brow fiction and fairy tales of days gone by. We as a society have become so polarized that there seems to be no middle ground. But it really is alright to disagree and to challenge each other in the marketplace of ideas...
I still have the unicorn
At every single birthday since I was big enough to read, there would be a card from my dad, with all the schmoozy parts underlined and circled and decorated with exclamation points, and in it he would always write that he knew I would do great things in life, and he would always be in the crowd cheering me on. Every year...
Little flashers in the summer night
As a kid, we would rush outside on a late spring or early summer night armed with pickle jars from the kitchen trash can in anticipation of catching fireflies. This always turned into a group activity. I grew up in the late fifties and sixties, when parents still allowed their kids to run the neighborhood together way past dark on warm summer nights, because they knew every parent on the block was watching out for all of us. ...
The standard is more important than the test
Monday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin announced, in essence, that Arkansas schools will follow the recommendation of his Council on Common Core Review by dropping PARCC assessments and switching to ACT Aspire. Both tests assess students regarding mastery of Common Core State Standards. ...

The simple step of hydration
In today's world where being healthy is becoming the norm, there are several simple steps you can add into your daily and weekly routine to help improve your personal health. Drinking water is one of those simple steps. Water has tremendous health benefits, including easing pain, regulating body temperature, protecting and moisturizing our joints, helping with metabolism, and assisting with absorbing nutrients...
First looks don't tell the whole story
There have been a lot of stories circulating in social media about people parking in handicap spaces when they don't have a disability or even a placard or license plate that allows them to park there. There have also been stories of people appearing to not have a disability but having a placard to park, but being discriminated against because nothing appears to be wrong with them...
Hollyhocks: The jewel of the garden
I grew up in a town the size of Dell. We had an acre and a half fenced beside and behind our house, and every year my grandmother and I grew a one acre garden for the entire family (and most of the rest of the town). Along the back fence, which was the east side of the yard, my mother had cultivated several mulberry trees. ...
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