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God is “King of all the earth” (Psalm 47:7). He is omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, holy and eternal. His domain is vast. He is our Father and created us to serve Him. Our good is foremost in His holy administration because He loves His children. His voice shook the earth as He gave the …

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The spread of COVID-19 this past spring caused schools to close and turn their focus to online learning.

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It was in 2000 when, in combing a recent auction purchase at an old bookstore in England, the buyer came across a poster printed in preparation for World War II.

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Well, I’ve been noticing more stress with the American culture this summer. I realize it’s an election year, but negativity has been the daily norm especially with news and all the media. I’ve also noticed stress with the Old Couple! They tried their best to not get too caught up in all of t…

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With children headed back to school this month, now is the perfect time for many families to get caught up on immunizations. The summer of 2020 may be more critical than previous summers, as there is a concern that immunizations have declined in recent months due to the pandemic.

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A “sitter” in ICU is an angel who sits with your loved one when you can’t be there and looks out for them. Since my husband has been admitted to St. Vincent’s hospital we’ve had several “sitters” when I haven’t been able to be with him, due to COVID restrictions. While I would prefer that I …

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This new Mercedes SUV brings unique options to the table. For starters, it is one of the more affordable set of wheels with the company’s emblem out front.

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The book of Jude is a single chapter packed with exhortation, warning and encouragement. He exhorts to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints” (verse 3). “Contend” indicates a struggle. Satan has challenged God and believers from the beginning of time and in …

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The state Education Department will spend $10 million to expand Internet access in every school district in Arkansas.

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‘This too, shall pass. When things are bad, remember: It won’t always be this way. Take one day at a time. When things are good, remember: It won’t always be this way. Enjoy every great moment,” Doe Zantamata.

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Dear Athletic Support: Sports used to be a HUGE part of my life. I watched sporting events almost every night. I was actually watching an NBA game when they interviewed Mark Cuban and he said he was canceling the rest of the Dallas Mavericks’ season. All sports were gone shortly after that, …

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In what has become somewhat of a rite of summer, the IRS annually releases a “Dirty Dozen” tax scam list. I kind of wondered with limited staffing due to Covid-19 if this year’s list might be a casualty.

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The average debt that a student incurs to earn a bachelor’s degree in Arkansas is almost $2,000 less than the national average.

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Life is filled with wonder. It’s a precious sight to watch a child experience life and the marvels of creation. In fact, we never get too old to enjoy and enquire of our surroundings. A child begins with questions about small things. In time he begins to ask philosophical questions. Where di…

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Dear Athletic Support: Every time we travel, my son gets constipated. I know this sounds silly, but since he’s currently on a travel-league baseball team, it’s actually pretty serious. The worst part is the constipation impacts his play. Generally, he won’t go number two the entire time we’r…

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I, Robot, the 2004 generally forgettable Will Smith science fiction movie is about, well sure, robots. (Robots and Will Smith, but let’s try to focus here.)

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Some exciting news from Honda this year comes from a new hybrid CR-V that posts impressive numbers across the board and, just as important, connects the dots growing families want in an SUV.

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LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas will hold its annual sales tax holiday on Saturday, August 1, and Sunday, August 2.

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Jackie Taylor shared the following story on Facebook and gave me permission to share it in my column this week: “I want to share an experience I had at Cravens on Sunday afternoon. I walked up to get in line (lengthy) and noticed the man in front of me was already there and only had 3 items …

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Much has been written about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that became law in late March, the third piece of legislation quickly passed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate the economic havoc it quickly began to wreak.

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John saw Jesus. It was a vision in the Spirit. Jesus was standing in the midst of seven golden candlesticks, the churches of Asia. He was holding seven stars, ministers of the churches, in His hand. His eyes were like fire, His voice like a roaring river and His words a double-edged sword. H…

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Wow! We are having an unusual July! Rain has been plentiful! On these stormy afternoons the Old Woman and I have extra time to sit around and do some reminiscing. The Old Man takes a snooze while we think of the days gone by. With the sad closings of some of the businesses this summer more p…

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Dear Athletic Support: My daughter is on the high school track team. She’s a very good athlete (at least she was, before the world shut down). She triple jumps, pole vaults, and runs the 4x100 meter relay. She hates the running and begs her coach constantly to pull her from the race. To make…

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A group of us get together most weeks and play music. I believe I’ve mentioned this before in this space, the joy of getting together with friends and folks from around and taking turns leading songs, acoustic songs, the kind which aren’t that technically complex. Lots of songs about Jesus, …

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In the past five months, Congress has responded to the coronavirus public health crisis with several emergency relief measures, including the stimulus checks sent to individuals and households, payroll protections to small businesses, expanded unemployment payments, fee waivers for borrowing…

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The new Toyota Tundra has added more V8 power across its lineup for 2020 as well as a few other goodies that keep the aging pickup truck in the game.

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Life is busy and full of challenges. We deal with factors that hinder progress. Time is a factor. Physical limitations stop us. The to-do list is endless. We are constantly assessing our goals and reaching for them. We plan and revise our plans and seek tools and resources. No matter how hap…

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The number of Arkansas children in foster care continued to go down last year, after reaching an all-time high in 2016 and prompting dramatic measures from elected officials to improve the state’s child welfare system.

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This week, the Education Secretary Johnny Key made a presentation to the House and Senate Education Committee about the Arkansas Ready for Learning initiative. Ready for Learning is a planning and guidance document created to serve as a game plan for district and school administrators as the…

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Let’s set the stage here by stating I don’t care how you feel about Roger Stone getting a presidential pardon. The man was down (as they say) for seven felony counts and was looking at 40 months. This won’t happen to him now, he was pardoned.

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Well, things seem to be continuing to wind on down in 2020. The Old Man and The Old Woman have been trying to continue their farm life as usual. Something has been happening in the outside world, and some unknown tension was kinda sweeping over their beloved America. The Old Woman had been c…

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Dear Athletic Support: Last week, all high school sports in our town got shut down. But my kid’s nine-year-old team is still playing in a tournament this weekend. I just don’t get it. How come we’re still playing but the big kids aren’t? – Confused

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Oh Wow!! What a beautiful July! Cool mornings and lazy afternoons! Perfect weather for a cat and an Old couple! I think I’ve already mentioned The Old Man’s chore list, but let me tell you – it has been going a little slower on the checking off for completions. His ole knees cause him to slo…

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I started as the editor of The Van Buren County Democrat four years ago. I’m going to say four years “give or take” ‘cause I can’t remember if it was last week or this week that I soloed my first issue as editor.

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The CARES Act, passed in late March to provide relief from financial strains being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, contained several important provisions affecting IRAs and some qualified employer retirement plans. I wrote about a few of these in brief a few months back, although at the tim…

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‘Being rude is easy. It does not take any effort and is a sign of weakness and insecurity. Kindness shows great self-discipline and strong self esteem. Being kind is not always easy when dealing with rude people. Kindness is a sign of a person who has done a lot of personal work and has come…

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‘There go the ships” (Psalm 104:26). The mariners head to another land hauling goods produced by the land. The vast heavens over them are awesome. These shipmen sail by huge whales which God made to play in the waters and other creatures of all sizes, some given for food and some perhaps for…

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Dear Athletic Support: Have you ever heard of Accutane? It’s an acne medicine my son takes. One of its side effects is increased sensitivity to sunlight. That’s putting it gently. When my son gets home from football workouts, his whole face is sunburned. He’s been peeling like a snake! I’m a…

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During the upcoming school year, local districts will have flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances created by the outbreak of the coronavirus, thanks to a set of waivers adopted by the state Board of Education during a special meeting.

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Dear Athletic Support: My son’s summer football workouts are back in full swing. With the days getting hotter (not to mention having so many weeks off due to COVID) he’s really feeling the impact of the weight room. He can barely walk! As a single mother, I’m not up to date on strength and c…

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I start to make a cream pie that I’m really wanting. I grab a bowl and begin measuring ingredients into it. Oops! I’m out of sugar! Well, that pie is a flop. Do I save the partial mixture or dump it? I should have planned ahead. It’s no “biggie.” It won’t matter a hundred years from now.

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The state will hire 350 more contact tracers to help control the spread of the coronavirus. After the funding is allocated to pay them, it will bring the state’s total to 900.