S They're lowering the flag again, for what?

I was surprised to hear the American Flag flying would be lowered to half staff for the victims of the most recent terror attack in France, not because I take what happened lightly but because I take lowering the flag seriously. It shouldn't be done except in special circumstances. If I understand correctly, the flag was lowered after the Orlando shooting and lowered again after the shooting of police officers in Dallas. I expect it will be lowered in honor of the fallen officers in Baton Rouge, unless it is still down because of the French tragedy. Continue Reading »

S 'Arkansas Slim,' a talented comedian and musician

Several times I have considered writing a 'cuff about "Arkansas Slim," the man I mentioned recently. Lloyd "Slim" Andrews was born in December, in a house overlooking Spavinaw Creek, not too far from Bethel Cemetery, just south of Gravette. Lloyd was the seventh son of George Willis and Norma Andrews. His twin brother died in infancy. Lloyd grew tall and slender, hence the nickname "Slim" which followed him in a lifelong career of slapstick comedy, movies and entertainment until his death, April 3, 1992, just a few miles from his place of birth. His life story is one of hard work, lucky breaks.... Continue Reading »

S Preserving the unity believers have in Christ

"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:1-3 Continue Reading »

S Don't throw that away! It's good junk!

A couple of years ago, my sister retired and moved here from Tulsa. Since then she and I have become "Junk Gypsies," "Dumpster Diving Divas," "Yard Sale Ya-Ya's" and "Auction Annies"! We find old, broken stuff, fix it up and sell it. Talk about another addictive hobby! Continue Reading »

S Pokemon tournament set for July 30 in Gentry

Spinning the News

GENTRY -- A Pokemon tournament has been scheduled in Gentry on Saturday, July 30, to take advantage of the new Pokemon craze and to give players a chance to get plenty of exercise and to see the offerings of the park and the city for computer game nerds. The tournament will begin at the city park, with tee off at 9 a.m. on the first tee of the disk golf course. Continue Reading »

S We aren't whipped yet but need more knee time

It is never too early or hot to check cattle for standing heat cycles. I suspect you fellers that are using AI are on your toes about the necessary times to check. I have used several ways of catching the exact times, but the best and most sure way is to see the cattle for yourself. I sometimes use two methods and still think there are some who have silent cycles that I might miss if not for the help of modern inventions. Continue Reading »

S Back to the Garden

"We are stardust, Continue Reading »

S Don't pray that God makes America great again; pray that God humbles Americans

Looking ahead at the upcoming national election doesn't offer much hope for those who would like to see America return to its moral and constitutional roots. Neither of the two presumptive nominees for the office of president can be held up as examples of moral excellence or of any kind of faithful adherence to the law of the land, the U.S. Constitution.... Continue Reading »

S Local police department offers joint exchange program

Spinning the News

GRAVETTE — Drug take-back programs are becoming a common thing, with thousands of pounds of narcotic drugs taken off the street and destroyed every year; but the police department here has come up with a new drug-fighting measure called "Joint Exchange," and.... Continue Reading »

S Justice not established in Clinton email probe

Although the Preamble to the Constitution is a statement of intent, not a codification of law, the Founders hoped to work toward cited objectives, one of which was to "establish justice." Perhaps at no time in U.S. history have people felt the effects of corruption in government and the lack of established justice more than now, because some in high places act as though rules and laws are for others and they can lie and potentially damage our national security without consequence. Continue Reading »

S Hot weather is sure better than cold

I suppose it was 240 years ago that we were freed from the rule of those Red Coats and now are under the rule of the cattle and the hogs! Don't forget the banker, as he also has a finger on the rudder. We are free to rise before the sun, work and slave till after the sun goes down and what do we get, bony fingers? No, we get the most wonderful life the world has to afford and freedom to worship the God of the universe! Continue Reading »

S Silencing prayer in schools heavy on heart

To all concerned, Continue Reading »

S Civil War Redux

We seem to be fighting the Civil War all over again. And not just on the racial front, although that seems to be a touchy issue at present. When a country begins to break apart, the term "balkanization" is often used. I believe this is happening in America as we divide into religious, political and economic blocs that seem to have little appetite for listening to other points of view. Continue Reading »

S Summer vacation more than half over

Wow! Can you believe it, kids (parents and teachers, too)? Summer vacation is more than half over. That's right. As of last Friday, seven weeks of the 12-week summer break was gone. Hope you've been enjoying it and making the most of your opportunities for summer fun and learning. Continue Reading »

S Are you a part of the mystery of the Gospel?

"Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: to the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him." Ephesians 3:8-12 Continue Reading »