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Last day of school causes depression in students, teachers

WESTSIDE — The end of classes at area schools last week was cited as the cause of severe depression in both students and teachers, with some students being forced to leave the school and go to their homes for the summer in large yellow buses. "I can't believe it's over," said Robert, a teary-eyed seventh-grade boy, as he was forced to stand in line and board a bus to be taken back home. "I just wanted to stay and do some more math problems and read history," he said. Teachers, too, were sad and depressed when the last day of school came to a close. Many were left wondering how they would cope over the long summer break without breaking up quarrels and trying to keep their students' attention while they taught the details of their course curricula.... Continue Reading »

S It's ungrateful to gripe about the rain

Good weather and lots of grass cause beef producers to smile and walk around with a swagger. We are usually regular fellers but, at this time of the year, we are boldly sassy! Those of us who have not had to hit the hay fields yet due to the wet weather are cockier than the rest, and that is a bunch! A neighbor about 10 miles away cut, raked and baled without a drop of rain hitting his hay.... Continue Reading »

S How did God create man?

We've looked briefly at the Bible's teaching regarding the creation of the heavens and the earth, and here we look at how the LORD God created mankind. Crucial to the Christian Faith is the Biblical doctrine regarding the creation of man; for, if God did not create man, mankind is not accountable to God and the Bible's doctrine about sin, judgment and atonement through the shed blood of God's only-begotten Son topples as well. And, I might add, crucial to the arguments against same-sex marriage and all other sexual behavior which deviates from traditional marriage between a man and a woman, is the Biblical doctrine regarding the creation of woman and the institution of marriage recorded in Genesis 2. Continue Reading »

S Graduation's over; it's time for summer break

The hectic round of activities that marks the end of the school year is finally over. Another class of seniors has graduated and the class members are off to new adventures, some attending college or trade school, others joining the military or starting new jobs. We can be proud of the fact that we have such a good school system in Gravette, one that provides each student top-notch preparation for the future. The long lists of awards earned and scholarships received attest to the high caliber of this year's graduates. Continue Reading »

S Who gave us life?

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." John 1:1-5 Continue Reading »

S Audience shows disrespect at Northside Elementary

Editor, I address this to the community and parents of Decatur Northside Elementary students. As a grandparent, I have attended the last two musical presentations at Northside Elementary. First and foremost, I want to commend the students and the music teacher at the school for all of the work and dedication and effort they have put into these programs. You can tell that the music instructor really does enjoy working with these children and that they in return do respond to her effort. But, unfortunately, even the parents and community who show up to see these presentations do not get to enjoy and appreciate them. I have never personally witnessed such rude and unappreciative and disrespectful parents. When each group is trying its best to show the community what they have accomplished, you cannot hear anything because of all of the "social hour" conversations going on throughout the room and.... Continue Reading »

S Foul moods are lurking around the corner

I have cleaned out and refilled all the mineral feeders this morning. The bugs and dirty stuff accumulated quickly in the corners and about twice a year they need cleaning. Now I am going to clean out the water tanks; we still haven't switched over to automatics. I do have a suction pump, called a swamp pump I think, that will empty the tanks pretty fast. I will have to net the goldfish that the offspring put in several years ago. I like taking care of the things that need seeing after. I will check the cows.... Continue Reading »

S Congratulations, grads, and bon voyage!

The big day has come and gone. It slipped by. No, not really, it whizzed by with lots of fanfare, hugs, kisses and, of course, there were a few tears. It was a traditional happening, one with lots of pomp and circumstance if tradition was followed. Continue Reading »

S The Onion's online site is must reading

"The problem with information found on the internet, is whether or not it's correct." Abraham Lincoln -- 1862 Continue Reading »

S God dwells with us and keeps us

Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him." John 14:23 Continue Reading »

S Would remaining Democrat or Republican Party candidates abide by the Constitution if elected?

It is indeed pathetic that a constituent has to remind Donald Trump, Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders of basic Government 101 constitutional principles of separation of power. None of the two-major-party candidates have established confidence with the people that they revere, understand or will use the Constitution in the execution of the office they seek. Sadly, none have given any evidence that they have even read the document to which the president elect will, with one hand placed on the Bible and the other raised in oath, promise the following: "I do solemnly swear ... that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Continue Reading »