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Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016
The Answer Man (08/27/16)
Q: What are old people running out of? A: Positive Categories. Your phone rings and there is an agent from some health insurance company talking about a new plan. You tell them your age, and the agent hangs up before you do. Another category you don't fit in. ...
Missouri cotton crop yield projected at record level (08/27/16)
Michael R. Milam Agronomy Specialist and County Program Director The cotton crop has finally reached the stage known as the last effective bloom date. This date usually occurs around August 15th. This date is the average date that a bloom on that date has enough heat units to mature into a boll. ...
Watch "The Signs" (08/26/16)
Have you ever thought about how important signs are to our daily lives and the needed information they reveal to us? Think about where we would be without them in this great age of transportation and information. I can't even imagine what it would be like to travel on our busy streets in our cities without stop signs, yield signs, green lights, wrong way signs, etc. ...
Did Jesus Go To Hell? (08/26/16)
I recently heard with my own ears a preacher say that Jesus went to hell and that Acts 2:27 taught it. It does not! The English word "hell" in the KJV should have been translated "hades" which is the place of departed spirits. A different Greek word "gehenna" is used for the place of hell. Jesus went to the spirit world at His death and not to hell...
Report mid-year changes to the Marketplace (08/20/16)
If you carry a Marketplace health plan, now is the time to take an overall look at your current situation and report any major life changes to your plan. Major life changes include things such as an increase or decrease in income, getting other health coverage or adding or losing household members...
The Answer Man (08/20/16)
Q: Science can predict happenings in our physical world thousands of years into the future. But how far can the imagination go about people, the government, and society in general? A: How about six hundred years. Let's say you are an aspiring young writer somewhere in the Bootheel school systems. You lean toward science fiction. So you decide to write about a futuristic world, say, 50 years from today...
No Substitute (08/19/16)
Many think that watching preaching and worship services on television is just as good as actually going to worship services on Sunday with the saints. This is not true! This mistaken view is held by those having no religious affiliation, as well as some who are religious...
Questions about the Second Coming (08/19/16)
There can be "no" doubt that we are living in troublesome and perilous times, that Satan is alive and well and that he is hard at work in trying to destroy mankind. The effects of sin and Satan in our world are easily seen, but the Good News of the Gospel is that "Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound," (Romans 5:20)...
Letter to the Editor (08/15/16)
Dear Editor, Ordering a sales tax holiday at a time when the city is considering a sales tax increase is wildly inconsistent. Since the previous mayor most foolishly placed all the city's revenue needs on sales tax receipts, such sales tax receipts are running well behind projections, causing financial distress for the city. ...
The Answer Man (08/13/16)
Q: What on the trivia side of life is frustrating to the point of despair? A: Along with the difficulty of the game itself is the departure of its original intent, and an abandonment of the rule book. Q: What is the status of a very old man's golf game?...
Resist the Urge to Garden (08/13/16)
These articles often talk about what can be done to promote, fix or prepare, but on occasion it may be wise to think about what should not be done. When temperatures reach above 90F, it is wise to resist the urge to garden. Do not misunderstand, it is still important to water early in the morning if we do not get rain and to maintain a weed free growing area for vegetables and ornamentals. These tasks should be done early in the morning when necessary to avoid the heat of mid-day...
Why He's Coming (08/12/16)
I am a lover of American and world history and have always been fascinated by famous words and speeches by world leaders and other prominent people. One of these that comes to mind are the words of General Douglas MacArthur when he told the Filipino people, "I shall return." These were words of great hope and encouragement to those folks as the Philippines were occupied by the Japanese during World War II and they did not get their independence until 1946...
Back To School (08/12/16)
The time is fast approaching for students to return to school. The purpose for going to school is to learn. There is much to learn in the world, and even adults should continue to learn. One area of learning that is deficient for many today is the Bible...
Pest and disease problems right around the corner (08/06/16)
We are always on the lookout for new invasive species. One of these pests, the kudzu bug, was recently found on kudzu in Clay County, Arkansas. Allison Howell, county agent, found them on kudzu around Piggott. This pest moves from kudzu to soybeans and is capable of causing serious damage. So scouting for this pest is very important...
Letter to the Editor (08/06/16)
To the Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to provide information to the patrons of our District regarding the upcoming 2016-2017 "Tax Rate Hearing" (scheduled for Tuesday, August 16th @ 5:15 pm). This year we experienced a decrease in the assessed valuation (property values) in the district. ...
He's a-Comin! (08/05/16)
I remember well growing up in the hills of Arkansas what it felt like when my family and I knew that we were going to have dear loved ones coming to pay us a special visit. The words of that old familiar song, "She'll Be Coming 'round the Mountain when She Comes" and "riding six white horses" somehow comes to mind. What a joy it is to see folks who are dear to you when you know they are coming to spend precious time with you...
The Truth Works (08/05/16)
At times, all of us have wished we could stay in bed longer in the morning. My dad would wake us boys up in the morning by saying, "Rise and shine; bright-eyed and bushy- tailed." At least this was a pleasant greeting. "He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him." (Proverbs 27:14)...
Teach money habits during back-to-school shopping time (07/30/16)
Back-to-school shopping is centered around the children in the family, so it is a great time to incorporate some money lessons for them! After picking up the list of needed items (depending on what grade the child is entering) parents should take an opportunity to sit down with their child to calculate how much it may cost to fulfill those purchases. ...
Faith's Deliverer -- Jesus (07/29/16)
There is a beautiful old hymn written by Lidie Edmunds entitled, "My Faith Has Found a Resting Place", that reminds us of the proper object of our faith--the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith is an important and powerful thing, but we must realize that it must be centered and anchored in Christ...
Hating Divorce (07/29/16)
Do you hate divorce? God does! "For the Lord God of Israel says that he hates divorce ..." (Malachi 2:16) There are far too many divorces today. "What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." (Matthew 19:6) People get divorces for the flimsiest excuses. ...