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Oakland Town Holiday Market Is Scheduled Nov. 6

The Oakland Town Holiday Market is scheduled from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, Nov. 6, in downtown Oakland and has some great shopping and activities on schedule.  The Market is located at 304 Holly Street (the former Presbyterian Church next door to the Oakland Library). The market will include an art class for…

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Examining Your Brain On Brew

While America’s favorite morning beverage has some great health benefits including reduced risk of liver disease, Parkinson’s disease and diabetes, moderation is key. A new study out of the University of South Australia finds that coffee in excess may have a negative impact on brain health. Researchers discovered that high coffee intake is linked with…

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The Ladies Weren’t Too Happy With Old John

It’s a Wagner Week and during this month 133 years ago, 20 year-old John Wagner was having a hard time with the ladies. And it wasn’t for lack of ladies! Quite the opposite. Seems that John kept doing the 19th Century version of leaving someone “on read.” He was a notorious ghoster, for sure, and…

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Betty’s Week

Thanks to Jim for filling  in as guest writer for the column for the past two weeks while I was on medical leave. I enjoyed his writing and appreciated him filling you in on my progress.  What I enjoyed most was hearing from New Mexico and the chili harvest. Made me so hungry for green…

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Sasa May Have A New Nickname

Crunch! That may be the new nickname for SaSa Freeman. “I told him they are going to call him ‘Crunch’ because he is going to be eating pickles all week,” SaSa’s dad, Shelly Freeman joked.  And while a cramp may have kept SaSa out of the endzone after he made the catch of the night…

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Betty’s Week

The first of last week was filled with doctors’ appointments, medical procedures and schedules. On Monday, Jimmie, my secretary, called to find out what was happening with scheduling a date for my surgery. The answer was that they were waiting on a current EKG. Jimmie had called earlier and found that  Dr. Yates had signed…

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Katrina Nor Ida No Threat For Damncats

People say there is no place like home and I guess that was evident last weekend when my parents decided to ride out Hurricane Ida. Home for them is New Orleans and has been for more than a quarter century – if you count the time Dad spent bouncing back and forth from the Batesville…

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Looking Back

September 1, 2011 – Homecoming came a little early a decade ago as the Blue Devils were bracing for a visit from the Calhoun City Wildcats. The festivities also included a special “Journey Though the Decades” celebration as homecoming queens from previous years would be recognized. The Herald included a list of the queens that…

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Hot Springs – The Good One And Bad One

It’s a Wagner Week and if you would like to forget about hurricanes and coronavirus for a minute then read the second and third paragraph of this 1902 letter from Walnut, North Carolina. Go ahead and take yourself a mini-vacation of the mind. This guy could write very compelling travel brochures! After I read this…

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