S Eye protection critical in sports

Your budding baseball star steps to the plate hoping to whack the ball, but sometimes the ball whacks back. Each year, thousands of children suffer sports-related eye injuries, says the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association. Sports is the leading cause of school-age children's eye injuries, but most of those injuries are preventable. The AAO, the AOA and the American Academy of Pediatrics say all kids in organized sports should be encouraged to wear appropriate eye protection. Continue Reading »

S The illustrious Mr. Benton County is my friend

It's not every day you get a chance to eat lunch with Mr. Benton County and live to tell about it. But that is exactly what I did last week and, in fact, I do it most every week. Only I didn't realize I was hobnobbing with such a celebrity until the recent Benton County Fair. You see, my good friend, Bill Mitchell, won the contest for Mr. Benton County this year. This was no big surprise since Bill is not only well-known in the area, but very popular as well. I sometimes think he knows, not only everybody and his brother, but their sisters as well. Continue Reading »

S Why does God command Christian Baptism?

What work does God do in and through Baptism?

Christian Baptism was instituted and commanded by Jesus when He told His disciples: "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach [disciple] all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world" (Matthew 28:18-20). Jesus' disciples also taught that all people should be baptized. Peter said: "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call" (Acts 2:38-39). And Jesus' disciples baptized those who came to faith in Jesus, at times baptizing whole households (Acts 2:41; 8:12,38; 16:15; 1 Corinthians 1:16). Continue Reading »

S Each believes his job is the hardest

All the school buses stirred up a cloud of dust on every dirt road this morning. Kids were jerked out of their warm beds, washed, fed and dressed and given the lecture one more time: be kind, study hard and mind your manners! Our grands are back to their grindstones. It is a job much more intense than when I worked at General Education a century ago! Continue Reading »

S Anniversary trip provides a long-awaited vacation

Jim and I celebrated our 24th anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 14. Doesn't seem possible it could be that long although Jim says, jokingly, I hope, that it seems longer. With a bit of a lull in our hectic schedule and the busy library gala and Gravette Day weekends behind us, we decided to celebrate a bit by taking a short vacation. We didn't get away for even one overnight trip last year so thought it was about time for a break. I had purchased some tickets from Grand Country Music Hall in Branson at the library gala and we chose to head north. Continue Reading »

S Letter to the Editor

Editor, Continue Reading »

S Four tips to keep your digestive tract on track

You may not be slowing down as you age, but your digestive tract may be. As you grow older, the process by which your body breaks down food slows, due to biological shifts, medication and lifestyle choices. You can help prevent slow digestion concerns, such as constipation and upset stomachs, with the right care. Continue Reading »

S New political party formed around phone app

Spinning the News

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new third political party was organized last week in the wake of the failure of both the Republican and the Democrat parties to interest the ever-growing numbers of citizens who are unaffiliated with any political party and, for the most part, are not even registered to vote. APP, short for Apathetic People's Party, was formed on Aug. 15, when the new cell phone app called APP was launched and promoted on Google Play and iTunes. Continue Reading »

S Gentry company manufactures new accessory to put the wind in the face of stationary bicycle riders

Spinning the News

GENTRY -- A new accessory for stationary bicycle enthusiasts is now being manufactured by a start-up Gentry company and is set to be available this fall in area sporting-goods stores and bicycle shops across the region. The new product is designed to give stationary cyclists the same experience as non-stationary bikers but without the added cost of purchasing a second bicycle. Continue Reading »

S We have a lump-in-the-throat job and are required to take it like a man

Payday is coming. I hauled an old cow to the local sale barn so she might die there instead of here. They can haul her carcass off if it happens before she sells. I can't begin to tell you how this makes me feel when I can't make a decision early enough to prevent an incident like this. Continue Reading »

S How does God offer and give the blessings won by Christ Jesus?

We've seen in previous articles that our salvation is entirely by God's grace toward us for the sake of the redemption accomplished for all by Jesus Christ when He suffered and died upon the cross for the sins of the world. And this grace is received and becomes our own, not by our own works or deeds, but solely through faith in Christ Jesus which God creates in us. Continue Reading »

S Skin cancer is on the rise; know how to protect yourself

When you think about sun protection, you might think about a day at the beach. But during your lifetime, you get sun exposure doing everyday things like walking the dog, mowing the lawn and even driving in your car. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays adds up over time and can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Every year, nearly five million people are treated for skin cancer, and approximately 9,000 people die from melanoma. Continue Reading »

S Put on the whole armor of God

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." Ephesians 6:10-13 (Read 10-20) Continue Reading »

S Picture this....

Picture this... Continue Reading »