S The history of two buildings in Sulphur Springs

The location was perfect. The round hilltop overlooked a peaceful valley where deer and wild turkeys came to drink from a sparkling stream that formed a natural lake. It was the perfect spot for Zebulon Whinery and his family to build a log cabin in 1845. Fast forward about 40 years. The location was still perfect. Raw materials were available for craftsmen who were busy erecting buildings for investors who had discovered the place that could be called paradise - right here in northwest Arkansas! The buildings and monuments the stone masons created still stand tall and strong today.... Continue Reading »

S Cattle ranching is a pretty big gamble

I think I need to retire to a mountain top close to a snow cap. The heat has caused me to sweat, which gets my shirts wet and makes salt rings under my arms. I am afraid it could be a dangerous disease for old beef producers. My close relative just laughs at me when I show her the big old salt rings and makes remarks about being too soft. She also muttered something about a soft spot under my hat; and it, my hat, is wet around the band, too! Continue Reading »

S Take precautions to beat the heat, avoid the routine

"Summertime, and the livin' is easy," says the old Gershwin song and, indeed, summertime living can be easy if all we have to do is sit in the shade with a glass of lemonade or park ourselves in front of the air conditioner, turn on the video player and watch a round of our favorite old movies. Continue Reading »

S Trees

Tree-hugger: an environmental campaigner (used in reference to the practice of embracing a tree in an attempt to prevent it from being felled). Okay, I might not actually go that far, but I will admit to a great affinity for trees. There were several during my childhood that brought me quite a bit of happiness for various reasons. Continue Reading »

S How do we become children of God?

"For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Galatians 3:26-29 Continue Reading »

S Eagle Observer editor takes senseless vacation

The editor of the Westside Eagle Observer should have known better but he apparently ignored all common sense and vacationed in Kansas instead of taking some days off right here in Arkansas. Continue Reading »

S Living in an Upside Down World

It is proving difficult to predict the future. I suppose this has always been the case, but we are living in a time where it has become increasingly important to at least try to foresee what is coming and where some things may lead. For instance, did anyone foresee the current situation where a public school nurse cannot give your child an aspirin for her headache without parental permission, but that same 15-year old girl can get an abortion without her parent's knowledge? I may be way off track here, but I think there is something wrong with this picture. Continue Reading »

S What has God done to save man and to restore His creation?

Man's fall into sin, described in Genesis 3, changed everything in God's good creation. As a result, all of us are born into sin and evil fills the earth. We must work hard to earn a living. We suffer pain and illness and, finally, we die and return to the dust of the ground. But as we heard from Genesis 3:15, God promised the Seed of the woman to crush the serpent's head and undo his evil work. Continue Reading »

S Keep your cool in the heat to avoid heat-related illness

Whether you are working, exercising or doing other activities outside in hot, humid weather, it's important to protect yourself from heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Checking the temperature and heat index when you are planning outdoor activities can let you know what to expect. Try to plan exercise and other outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day -- early morning and late afternoon. Continue Reading »

S Local Farcebook user sentenced to review Farcebook's anger-management help page

GENTRY — A local Farcebook user was convicted last week in connection to a fall incident in which he reportedly pulled his hair out and screamed, "Oh, no!" at the top of his lungs on a football Friday night before going on a loud rampage in his home and alarming other Tweeter and Farcebook users. Police were called to calm him down, according to information leaked to the press by a string of twits from a local Tweeter user last fall. Continue Reading »

S Patient safety, faster scans now available at SSRH after CT imaging equipment upgrade

Many times physicians use diagnostic tools to help pinpoint the source of medical problems with their patients and determine the best course of treatment. One of these diagnostic imaging resources is the computed tomography (CT) scan. Sometimes referred to as a CAT scan, it consists of special x-ray equipment to help detect a variety of diseases and conditions. Continue Reading »

S Do you hide from the presence of the Lord?

"So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden." Genesis 3:6-8 (Read Genesis 3:1-24) Continue Reading »

S What happened to man and creation?

"What happened?" we might ask. When God created the heavens and the earth, everything was good. Adam and Eve walked in communion with God and were not ashamed. Now, the earth is full of evil and violence. Instead of loving God and seeking to honor and serve Him, people are self-centered and use and abuse others. They lie and gossip and slander. They are dishonest and steal. They lust and commit adultery and even rape. They hurt and murder. Continue Reading »

S Taking care of yourself is a skill one should polish just a little

Do you think it is possible to wear out pipe corrals? I sure hope not, but we have been trying! I know it is hard on all of us, but the old body has held together remarkably well and I do believe I can still outdo the younger of the offspring! Not saying I ain't wore to a nub, but I still walk without leaving long drag marks in the dirt! Continue Reading »

S On bow building and other stuff

Well, as we get further into the month of June, the weather is warming up. I guess that's to be expected. This is the kind of global warming you can actually measure and feel. Linda and I went out to Copeland, Kansas, for a couple of days. I wanted to visit a friend out there who owns a bow business. Shane Unruh is the owner and operator of Great Plains Bows. Shane recently purchased Great Plains Bows and moved the business from Pampa, Texas, up to Copeland. Continue Reading »