S Do we know and thank our Maker?

"O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand...." Psalm 95:1-7a In Hosea 8:14, we read that "Israel hath forgotten his Maker." Continue Reading »

S We took off on a cattleman's adventure

When I was a youngster, my Pappy sang a song about a cowboy that was gonna go home when the work was all done in the fall. It was a sure sad little ditty, the lonesome drawn-out chords made a kid have chill bumps as the words declared the poor feller's need to go see his dear mother. The death of the feller could draw a tear from a wizened old cowpoke, let alone a youth. I remember the words, every one of them. Continue Reading »

S Don't equate refugees with terrorists

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S We enjoyed a fall trip to White Rock Mountain

Arkansas has some lovely scenery, especially during the fall when the leaves are at their peak. A couple of weeks ago Linda and I took a little outing to White Rock Mountain Recreational Area. White Rock is south of Fayetteville and is about an hour and a half from Gentry. Continue Reading »

S We can be thankful for the common-sense approach of our schools

I received a letter several days ago directed to me personally, though it was actually a letter to the editor. Continue Reading »

S Board needs to address mold at Intermediate School

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S Siloam Springs Regional Hospital named top performer

There is a relationship between evidence-based treatments and better health outcomes. Siloam Springs Regional Hospital understands this relationship and we are excelling at providing treatment for influenza immunization. As a result of our exemplary performance in providing these treatments to patients in 2014, yesterday we were named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures┬« by The Joint Commission.... Continue Reading »

S I had a short but eventful squirrel hunt

My brothers and I grew up hunting squirrels, and I still enjoy getting into the woods for a little squirrel hunting in the fall. So, this past week, I found myself heading into a large ravine next to my house. Continue Reading »

S I think I'll continue to plot my course with a printed trucker's atlas

I sometimes feel a bit dated when I open up a road map and chart my course the old way, like I did when I drove a truck to all corners of the U.S. -- well, at least to most of them. Nowadays, people laugh at my use of paper maps and pull out their smart phones and type in their destinations and, suddenly, turn-by-turn driving directions appear, along with a map of the "best" route to take. Continue Reading »

S Frosts, Fun and Family Gatherings

We've reached mid-November and the year is rapidly slipping away. The days are growing shorter and there's a definite chill in the air. On a few recent mornings, the field behind the house has been covered in frost. As the sun gets higher in the sky, the frost melts and water drips off the metal roof almost as if it's raining. We had rain Saturday night which continued through the first of the week. The wet leaves stick to our feet and it seems we're always picking them up from the carpet. Continue Reading »

S Safari park wins case, justice roars

Well, well, a circuit court jury in Benton County ruled the Southwestern Electric Power Co. owes nearly a million dollars to owners of the Wild Wilderness Drive-Through animal park in Gentry. Continue Reading »

S The best place to study gun issues is Chicago

Every scientist looks for the best place to study his targeted phenomenon -- tornadoes in the Midwest, hurricanes in the Caribbean, ice thinning in the Artic or thickening in the Antarctic. For gun issues, this would be Chicago because it is the murder capitol of the United States and the handgun is the favored killing instrument and apparently readily available. Easy conclusion, more guns equals more crime or killing, right? Continue Reading »

S 'Your will be done on earth....'

"Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Continue Reading »

S It's good to see 'some' of the wildlife coming back

This is the time of year that wildlife is easier to see and I sure like spotting it. I spend time peering into the woods as I check cattle and tootle down the highway. I know, tootling along on the highway is not an activity that persons using the same road like to see. I usually pull over and let the tail gaiter pass with a roar, but when I don't even notice someone behind me, it seems to sorta rankle that person's disposition. Just blame the wildlife! Continue Reading »